In the Dominican Republic golf lovers can discover courses like no other in the world. With more than 28 golf courses to choose from, Dominican Republic is one of the most gulf-friendly countries of the Caribbean. Another plus is that there is no off-season, the bright tropical weather makes every day perfect for golfing. more...
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you’re sure to hone your skills on the Dominican courses designed by golf legends like Pete Dye, P.B. Dye, Tom Fazio, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Gary Player, Nick Faldo, Nick Price, Jack Nicklaus, and Greg Norman.
These golf course architects have really taken advantage of the unique shorelines and varied terrains to create golf utopias that are not only striking and picturesque, but also challenging and fun. Many courses have spectacular coconut palm forests and ocean views. Although there are a good number of golf course scattered throughout the island, even in Santiago and Santo Domingo, most golfers agree that the best course are located in the eastern part of the island near Punta Cana, Bávaro and La Romana.
The most famous golf course in the Dominican Republic and also one of the oldest is Teeth of Dog in Casa de Campo. It is rated the number 1 golf course in the Caribbean by top100golfcourses.co.uk (followed by Cap Cana’s Punta Espada in 2nd place). It opened in 1971 and remains a favorite of the experts. In fact, Casa de Campo won “Best Golf Course of the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean” at the World Golf Awards in 2014. It has 18 holes and par 72.
Punta Cana is also home to the remarkable Punta Espada golf course. This 18 hole course is ingeniously crafted by Jack Nicklaus to incorporate cliffs and waterfalls, for an unforgettable golfing experience. The most challenging hole is located on a sliver of greens surrounded by ocean, hence the course’s name: Punta Espada meaning Tip of the Sword.
Corales is an exquisite serpentine course that takes golfers over crags around lakes and alongside the Caribbean Sea. The course climaxes at three holes called “The Devil’s Elbow.” Golfers can test their skills and precision on this masterpiece designed by Tom Fazio.
La Estancia Golf Course in La Romana is a course of exceptional beauty. Its rocky coastal peaks and impressive vistas of the Chavon River defy and inspire golfers from around the world. P.B. Dye masterfully integrated dips and hills in the greens to heighten the challenge of the course. There are no mediocre holes on this course, it just one golfing adventure after another.
Most if not all golf resorts have, golf shops, driving ranges, chipping greens, and golf instructors. Make your next Dominican vacation a golfing getaway. There are several annual golf tournaments. Will your visit to the Dominican Republic coincide with a golf championship? Check out this calendar of upcoming golf tournaments.