Courses in Punta Cana:
Barcelo The Lakes (P. B. Dye inland course)
Playing through one of the most beautiful settings in the Dominican Republic, Barceló The Lakes offers and incredibly unique nature experience. Waterways and big lakes come into play on 17 out of the 18 holes. The course is not long, but fairways, an island green and well hidden bunkers are some of the challenges which await the golfers who come to experience the natural beauty of this course. Drinks and snacks are included on the golf course.
Cocotal Golf & Country Club (Jose “Pepe” Gancedo inland course)
Six-time Spanish Champion, Jose “Pepe” Gancedo designed this 27-hole resort golf course by following the lay of the land, using the natural terrain to provide a route easily remembered long after the player finishes. The golf course plays through the old coconut plantation with several big lakes coming into play and the trademarks of the course include strategically placed palm trees, bunkers, mounds, gently rolling terrain and very generous fairways.
Corales (Tom Fazio ocean side course) MUST PLAY
Corales golf course is the host of the Web.com tour in 2016-2017 and will host the PGA Tour in 2018! Corales is a dramatic 18-hole course with 6 Caribbean oceanside holes. Designed along the natural cliffs, bays and coves of the sea, Corales rates among the world’s finest golf experiences. The exhilarating challenge culminates playing the Devil’s Elbow, Corales’ last three holes.
The Devil’s Elbow features the striking eighteenth hole with a dramatic forced carry over the cliff lined Bay of Corales, an inspired capstone to a memorable and breathtaking golf experience and arguably three of golf’s most scenic but sternest tests. When the eighteenth hole was conceived it immediately was deemed “The Mother of All Holes” and serves as a fitting conclusion to 7,650 yards of the best golf found anywhere.
Hard Rock Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus inland course)
Hard Rock is an inland course designed by Jack Nicklaus. The natural environment has been respected and the native flora and fauna preserved. Unique to Hard Rock Golf Club is a golf course that derives its personality and character from the undulating fairways that carve through the surrounding Dominican jungle and are framed by windswept native grasses.
Each hole is distinctive and a unique experience and challenge to play and enjoy. This is evident at hole #7, a relatively short par 4 that is reachable for some golfers and with favorable ocean trade winds, certainly tempting for many. There is also hole #10, a dramatic par 3 that plays 197 yards over a sand quarry. Hard Rock Golf Club hosted the Dominican Open 2012 & 2013, an event on the PGA Tour Latin America.
Iberostate (P. B. Dye inland course)
A P. B. Dye golf course with plenty of mounds, devilishly placed green bunkers and big lakes will surprise and challenge the skills of the experienced golfer, while beginners will find the course a friendly and forgiving experience. The relatively flat landscape has been manipulated during the construction of the course and turned into a beautiful, rolling terrain with elevated tees and greens, big hills and deep canyons.
At Iberostate you will normally find some of the fastest greens of the region, making this golf course truly enjoyable. Iberostate has implemented the “all inclusive” concept to the golf course, so golfers will have all their snacks and drinks included while playing the course.
La Cana (P. B. Dye ocean side course) MUST PLAY
La Cana is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the Caribbean. P. B. Dye designed this spectacular seaside golf course which has 27 holes; Tortuga, Arrecife and Hacienda (the new 9 holes). These nines are played on a rotating schedule. 14 holes feature views of the Caribbean Sea, and 4 holes are ocean side. P. B. Dye has designed each hole to present its own unique challenge; sometimes infuriating but always memorable.
The typical P. B. Dye pot bunkers are ever present to create a different challenge for the players. Golf Magazine is particularly fond of Arrecife’s 9th hole. They reported that “the grand par five, ninth is a gentle dogleg to the left that is clearly inspired by the famous 18th at Pebble Beach – the shoreline is sandier, the water bluer and the journes more challenging”.
Punta Blanca (Nick Price inland course)
Punta Blanca is set just one kilometer back from the ocean. With plenty of tropical vegetation, this well-maintained parkland course is a great starting point for any golfing trip to the Punta Cana area. The layout’s relatively open feel combines with good-width fairways to provide ample space for the driver to be used on most occasions from the tee. The usually large and smoothly undulating greens will certainly test your putting skills.
The course plays through natural wetland areas with large waste bunkers and big lakes naturally built into the tropical vegetation. Punta Blanca may not be one of the toughest courses in the area, but its excellent design and easy-going tropical parkland charms ensure a rewarding outing for golfers of all skill levels.
Punta Espada (Jack Nicklaus Signature ocean side course) MUST PLAY
Punta Espada has been rated #1 golf course in the Caribbean by Golf Week Magazine! A Jack Nicklaus signature golf course beautifully integrated into the existing landscape of Cap Cana. Enjoy spectacular sea views and close-up encounters with nature, while you tackle this course. 9 holes are situated directly on the ocean side and all 18 holes have unique ocean views.
Punta Espada was designed to incorporate the natural features of the landscape into its topography; the bluffs, the beach, the lagoons, and the foliage. The design also guarantees that golfers of all levels are accommodated, including those playing at world championship level. In 2008, 2009 and 2010 the PGA Champions Tour played the Cap Cana Championship at Punta Espada.
Courses at Casa de Campo:
Dye Fore (Pete Dye links style hillside course) MUST PLAY
Dye Fore is another Pete Dye masterpiece located at Casa de Campo resort in La Romana (approx. 40 minutes from Punta Cana). 7,740 yards in lenght, 7 cliff side holes dropping 300 feet to the Chavón River below, 40 mph gusting winds and breathtaking 360 degree views are part of the experience golfers will have at Dye Fore.
Of the 18 picturesque holes on Dye Fore, #12 and #15 are two of the greatest par three holes in the world. “Dye Fore has spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, the mountains, the Chavón River, the Casa de Campo marina and the Altos de Chavón artists’ village,” said Gilles Gagnon, director of golf.
Visually, the course is intimidating and the par threes are incredible. Combine with Teeth of the Dog for one unforgettable day of golf.
Teeth of the Dog (Pete Dye ocean side course) MUST PLAY
Teeth of the Dog is one of the most famous courses in the Dominican Republic. This legendary golf course, which was designed by Pete Dye, is located at Casa de Campo resort in La Romana (approx. 40 minutes from Punta Cana). Ranked 4th in the Caribbean and 47th in the top 100 courses worldwide by Golf Magazine, Teeth of the Dog attracts the best professional and amateur golfers in the world.
Pete Dye calls it his masterpiece with 7 holes along the Caribbean Sea and points out that the course was “definitely designed by the man upstairs”. Tricky shots such as a devilish dogleg, signature Dye obstacles and trade windes will make you discover the magnetic force of this amazing course. This is a bucket list course, and a must play for all serious golfers.
Tee time reservations: Our tee time reservations include round trip (shared) transfers – some restrictions or additional fees may apply. Private transfers are also available at an additional cost.
Please note that these courses are not available if you’re staying in other areas than Punta Cana and Casa de Campo.
Please book your tee times with your villa coordinator (prior to arrival) or with your villa manager/concierge (after your arrival).
If you’re coming to the Dominican Republic in high season (November – May), we definitely recommend that you pre-book your tee times prior to your arrival in order to guarantee space as everything does fill up fast and some courses only offer limited availability.
Caddie is mandatory and not included (must be paid directly to the caddie):
La Cana: Caddie fee US$ 30 per caddie + tips
Corales: Caddie fee US$ 30 per caddie + tips
Punta Espada: Caddie fee is included, tips are not included
Teeth of the Dog: Caddie fee US$ 30 per caddie + tips
Dress code: Please note that proper golf attire is required at all golf courses. MEN: Bermuda golf shorts or long pants (no jeans or sweat pants), polo shirt with collar and sleeves and golf shoes with soft spikes or tennis shoes. WOMEN: Bermuda golf shorts, long pants (no jeans, sweat pants or leggings), or golf skirt/skort, polo shirt with collar and sleeves (or sleeveless) and golf shoes with soft spikes or tennis shoes.
Rental clubs: If you don’t bring your own clubs, all of the courses have clubs that you can rent. They are usually around US$ 50-60, depending on the golf course. Each player must have his/her own set of clubs (i.e. you cannot share clubs with another player).
Payment: Any tee times that are booked prior to arrival will be added to your invoice and should be prepaid. If you book a tee time while you’re staying in the villa, this will be added to your final bill, which you’ll pay upon checkout.