Renowned for having the most magnificent golf courses in the Caribbean region, and Latin America, the Dominican Republic is the undisputed leader of golf in the tropics. At least seven of the DR’s courses have consistently topped Golf Week Magazine’s Top 50 courses in the Caribbean and Mexico, including Punta Espada in the top 10, Los Corales—where the 2018 PGA Tour will be held in the Dominican Republic—and Teeth of the Dog, at Casa de Campo, in the number one spot since 2009.
From La Romana to Punta Cana, Juan Dolio, and Puerto Plata, the DR’s courses, counting 86 sea-facing holes and 39 ocean-side, offer you tee time by the sea, or along lush inland courses designed by the most acclaimed golf course architects, including Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Gary Player, Tom Fazio, Nick Price, and Greg Norman.
Whether champion or hobby player, you’ll enjoy trying your hand at these spectacular courses.
The Dominican Republic’s award-winning courses, along and around sparkling seas, blue lakes and lush green hills, are on every golfer’s bucket list.
Often referred to as the Golf Mecca of the Caribbean, the glittering east coast comprised of the Punta Cana, Bávaro and Cap Cana areas boasts 189 holes of golf all easily accessible from a wide range of luxe ocean-front resorts spread across some of the world’s top beaches. This enchanting region continues to be the premier destination for travelers who seek challenging upscale golf on the world’s most memorable courses. With Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) just minutes from the area’s courses, visiting golfers can tee off soon after landing and can even play golf on their departure day if on an afternoon flight.
The southeast coast of Dominican Republic combines picturesque beaches, luxurious hotels and resorts with a variety of exciting attractions and some of the most famous golf courses in the country. Golfers can play at world-class courses designed by the Dye family dynasty, most of which are located at the Casa de Campo Resort & Villas in La Romana. Once a sugar-producing region, La Romana still charms with beautiful Caribbean waters, exotic islands, the famous Chavón River valley and palm-tree covered national parks that provide scenic backgrounds for the area’s courses.
Home to Dominican Republic’s culturally-rich capital city of Santo Domingo, the south coast offers golfers a wide array of world-class courses near a thriving metropolis. As a hotbed for golf, this region caters to those who appreciate modern sophistication amid a rich historic background thanks to its Colonial City - the oldest city of the New World. If you’re looking for a golfing escape close to an energetic city, this is where you’ll need to go.
Juan Dolio, located less than an hour east of Dominican Republic’s capital, Santo Domingo, is an idyllic golfing escape close to the energetic city where golfers can enjoy peaceful courses in lush, tropical settings in the nearby south coast beach town. It also lies a mere 40 minutes west of the golf courses and extensive leisure amenities of La Romana. Juan Dolio is well known for its restaurants and beaches, where the large expanse of shoreline allows for a relaxing day at the beach. Its golf facilities include a tree-lined design by South Africa’s nine-time major championship winner, Gary Player, now one of the world’s foremost course architects.
The north coast of Dominican Republic is defined by ecotourism, active water-sport beaches, plenty of sunshine and typical Caribbean flair. Guests can play two courses designed by none other than Robert Trent Jones Sr. while enjoying the majestic region’s romantic landscape, including nearly 100 miles of pristine shoreline. Puerto Plata – the region’s hotspot – boasts luxurious hotels and resorts, as well as plenty of cultural and scenic highlights, including breathtaking views from Mount Isabel de Torres, America’s first settlement “La Isabela”, prehistoric amber, exotic waterfalls and more. Puerto Plata’s Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP) makes it easy for vacationing golfers not only to fly to the region but also to maximize their time on the fairways. The airport is served by flights from many destinations across Europe, United States and Canada. Santiago, an hour to the south, also has scheduled flights from a number of major US cities.
CORALES GOLF CLUB Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana. Holes: 18 Par: 72; Yardage: 7,650 Designer: Tom Fazio. www.puntacana.com.
LA CANA GOLF CLUB Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana. Holes: 27 Arrecife: Par: 36; Yardage: 3,676 Hacienda: Par: 36; Yardage: 3,768 Tortuga: Par: 36; Yardage: 3,483 Designer: P.B. Dye. www.puntacana.com.
PUNTA ESPADA GOLF CLUB Cap Cana. Holes: 18 Par: 72; Yardage: 7,396 Designer: Jack Nicklaus. www.puntaespadagolf.com.
CABEZA DE TORO GOLF CLUB Catalonia Hotels & Resorts, Cabeza de Toro Holes: 9 Par: 35; Yardage: 2,622 Designer: Alberto Sola. www.cataloniacaribbean.com
CARIBE GOLF CLUB Catalonia Hotels & Resorts, Cabeza de Toro Holes: 18 Par: 72; Yardage: 6,650 Designer: Alberto Sola & Jack Corrie. www.cataloniacaribbean.com
THE LAKES BARCELÓ GOLF COURSE Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort, Bávaro Holes: 18 Par: 72; Yardage: 6,655 Designer: Juan Manuel Gordillo & P.B. Dye. www.barcelobavarogolf.net
COCOTAL GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Bávaro Holes: 27 Par: 72; Yardage: 7,585 Designer: José “Pepe” Gancedo. www.cocotalgolf.com
IBEROSTAR BÁVARO GOLF CLUB Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, Bávaro Holes: 18 Par: 72; Yardage: 6,897 Designer: P.B. Dye. www.golf.iberostar.com
PUNTA BLANCA GOLF CLUB Macao Holes: 18 Par: 72; Yardage: 7,174 Designer: Nick Price. www.punta-blanca.com
HARD ROCK GOLF CLUB AT CANA BAY Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Macao Holes: 18 Par: 72; Yardage: 7,253 Designer: Jack Nicklaus. www.hardrockhotelpuntacana.com
DYE FORE Casa de Campo Resort & Villas, La Romana Holes: 27 Par: 72; Yardage: 7,677 Designer: Pete Dye. www.casadecampo.com.do
TEETH OF THE DOG Casa de Campo Resort & Villas, La Romana Holes: 18 Par: 72; Yardage: 7,263 Designer: Pete Dye. www.casadecampo.com.do
THE LINKS Casa de Campo Resort & Villas, La Romana Holes: 18 Par: 71; Yardage: 6,739 Designer: Pete Dye. www.casadecampo.com.do
OCEAN’S 4 Bahía Príncipe La Romana, San Pedro de Macorís - La Romana road Holes: 18 holes Championship Par 72 + 9 holes executive Par 27 Yardage: 7,263 Designer: Maverick. www.oceans4golf.com
CAYACOA GOLF CLUB Santo Domingo Holes: 18 Par: 72; Yardage: 6,737 Designer: Jack Corrie. www.cayacoagolf.com
GUAVABERRY GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Juan Dolio Holes: 18 Par: 72; Yardage: 7,156 Designer: Gary Player. www.guavaberrygolf.com.do
LOS MARLINS GOLF COURSE Metro Country Club, Juan Dolio Holes: 18 Par: 72; Yardage: 6,410 Designer: Charles F. Ankrom
PLAYA DORADA GOLF COURSE Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata Holes: 18 Par: 72; Yardage: 6,990 Designer: Robert Trent Jones Sr. www.playadoradagolf.com
PLAYA GRANDE GOLF & OCEAN CLUB Playa Grande, Río San Juan Holes: 18 Par: 72; Yardage: 7,259 Designer: Robert Trent Jones Sr. www.playagrande.com