Thanks to the work of golf-course designers like Pete Dye and Robert Trent Jones Sr., the Dominican Republic has become one of the top golf travel destinations in the Caribbean. Golfers have more than 20 courses to choose from, among them some of the finest courses in the world.
This Jack Nicklaus Signature Course is the first of three planned for the new Cap Cana
resort: 15 of its 18 holes overlook the sea, and the landscape includes bluffs, beach, and jungle.
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.
Located on the north coast of Hispanola near the Dominican town of Rio San Juan, Playa Grande is one of the last courses designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr. The par 72 course sits atop towering cliffs overlooking the beach and sea, providing extraordinary views.
Another Pete Dye design, this course is 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.
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.