Thanks to the work of golf-course designers like Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, and Robert Trent Jones Sr., the Dominican Republic has become one of the top golf travel destinations in the Caribbean, bringing in elite players for all around the world.
Golfers have more than 20 courses to choose from, among them some of the finest courses in not only the islands but the world. With luxury facilities and incomparable views, there's nothing quite like teeing off in the Caribbean.
Punta Espada Golf Club
This par 72 Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at the Cap Cana resort has 15 of its 18 holes overlooking the sea, and the landscape includes bluffs, beach, and jungle. It also has the recognition of Golfweek as the best golf course in the Caribbean and Mexico, an award it has won (and well-deserved) many years in a row.
Of his own course at the Punta Espada Golf Club, Nicklaus said, "Nowhere in the world will golf experience be like this." Based on the reviews, pros and golf-enthusiasts alike all seem to agree.
Casa de Campo
The Casa de Campo resort's Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore, and The Links courses have become legendary among golfers. Designed by Pete Dye, the Teeth of the Dog (named for the jagged coral formations along the coastline) has been described as "labyrinthine" -- perhaps a warning to casual players -- but the Links may be the more challenging of the two. Many a ball has found the Caribbean on the Dog's fifth through seventh holes, on a course that ranks 35th on Golf Magazine's top 100 in the world. Dye Fore is the diabolical designer's latest Campo creation.
In 2015, Casa de Campo was voted Golf Resort of the Year by IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators).
Playa Grande Golf Course
Located on the north coast of Hispaniola near the Dominican town of Rio San Juan, Playa Grande is one of the last courses designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr. and renovated by his son, Rees Jones in 2015. The par 72 course sits atop towering cliffs overlooking the beach and sea, providing extraordinary views, and earning it the title, "The Pebble Beach of the Caribbean."
Punta Cana Resort and Club
Punta Cana has two elite golf courses, totaling 45 holes of championship golf.
La Cana, another Pete Dye-designed course, has 7,152 yards with four seaside holes. La Cana Golf Course is noted for Dye's signature pot bunkers, including the 21 that dot hole 7.
Corales, designed by Tom Fazio, is the newer of the two courses. Opened in 2010, this course features six Caribbean Oceanside holes and rates among the world's finest golf experiences.
Roco Ki Resort
The par-72 Faldo Legacy Course at the Roco Ki resort, designed by golf legend Nick Faldo, opened in 2008 to raves from golf experts, who marveled at a layout that winds through dunes, marshes, and forest before opening to the sea at 17; the last two holes have been compared to those at Pebble Beach and St. Andrews.
Melia Caribe Tropical Resort and Golf Club
Designed by José Pepe Gancedo, the course at Cocotal Golf & Country Club at the Meliá Caribe Tropical Resort includes 27 holes with oceanfront views and a sprawling green landscape. Golf experts and beginners alike can enjoy this course, as located right next door is an elite training center, Meliá Golf Academy.