Golf Holidays in the Dominican Republic
Guide to the Golf regions of the Dominican Republic
Every region of this spectacular country has a distinctive flavour, which shapes the experience for golfers. We offer the best prices on golf holidays in the Dominican Republic, but before you book with us, check out this region-by-region guide to the nation’s golf venues.
Golfing in Punta Cana
This region of the east coast is sometimes known as the Golf Mecca of the Caribbean. It features 189 holes based around an array of ocean-side luxury resorts. The golf in this area is played on some of the world’s most unforgettable golf holes, and with the Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) based centrally to all of the region’s courses, it’s the perfect area for a round of golf before you catch your flight home.
Opened in 2006, this course was the first in the country to be designed by Jack Nicklaus, and remains one of the most prestigious in the Caribbean, regularly featuring in world lists of top courses and earning a number one ranking in the Caribbean and Latin America from Golfweek magazine for seven years running. The layout features eight holes beside the Caribbean Sea, and the fairways wind their way through a delightful landscape of beaches, tropical vegetation and lagoons to offer a stunning golf setting.
Opened in 2001 as an 18-hole course, this P.B.Dye-designed venue was extended in 2012 with the addition of a nine-hole layout called the Hacienda. The main course, divided into Arrecife and Tortuga nines, features 14 holes with ocean views and four holes that are played on the beach. Arrecife’s nine holes climax with two stunning fairways laid out alongside the sea. The Hacienda nine is a beautifully-designed challenge set amongst tropical vegetation.
The fairways at La Cana are generous and flat, but the putting surfaces are tough to master, and the course is particularly noted for its par-3 holes, including the third, which features a green bordered by a lake, and the fourteenth, which boasts a multi-level links-style putting surface. La Cana has a lovely, relaxed feel and is an ideal test for golfers of all abilities.
Created by Tom Fazio and opened in 2010, this distinctive course includes six holes carved out of rocky cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea .This spectacular golf venue is on the must-play list for any golf tourist, thanks to its stirring final three holes, known as the Devil’s Elbow, which end in a U-shaped hole constructed around a narrow bay.
Cabeze de Toro Golf Club
This challenging nine-hole course is one of two based in the Catalonia Bávaro Resort in Punta Cana and features immaculate waterways and spectacular view in an idyllic setting. It’s the perfect executive golf venue and offers a range of facilities including golf lessons, a driving range and a clubhouse shop and bar.
Part of the Catalonia Bávaro Resort, this course was created by Alberto Sola and Jack Corrie, and is noted for its large lake and series of lagoons. The 6th hole presents a serious challenge for even the top players, as it features an island green surrounded by bunkers and rocks. The course also offers a pleasing variety of gradients and the wide fairways roll easily into the beautiful scenery, making for a delightful golfing experience.
This course, which opened in 1991, bears some of the trademark features of P.B.Dye, who overhauled it in 2009 to make it more of a challenge. Set amongst the lush vegetation of a mangrove forest, it includes twenty-five lakes and is notable for its beautifully maintained, sculpted fairways and some immaculate greens.
The Cocotal Golf & Country Club features a trio of nine-hole courses, known as Hibiscus, Bouganvillea and Benjamina and has a unique feel. The venue has been sculpted from an old coconut plantation and offers rolling gradients, wide fairways and craftily positioned palm trees, while the strong sea breezes add to the challenge. This is a friendly venue, with a range of tees, and is ideal for players of all levels.
Another distinctive P.B.Dye creation, this inland course is set in the Iberostar hotel complex and has everything you would expect from this master course designer, including signature bunkers, rocky outcrops and challenging water ways. Notable for its dramatic undulations and open, windswept holes, this is a tough but enjoyable venue.
This was the first course in the Caribbean to be created by Major winner Nick Price. It’s an open inland venue constructed around wetlands and the clever use of tropical vegetation in the design, along with the capacious bunkers, makes this course a real challenge.
This was the first golf course in the world to use the Hard Rock brand, and is situated next to the Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana, with each hole appropriately bearing the name of a well-known rock song. It is accessible for golfers of all abilities, but is no easy touch as the vegetation begins at the fairway edge and the small, lightning-fast greens are tough to master. A string of blind shots make this venue particularly tough.
Golfing in La Romana
If you are looking for Dominican Republic golf holidays, then the nation’s east coast is a perfect place to start. Formerly a sugar-plantation region, this area is famous for its stunning national parks and the beautiful Chavon River valley – the setting for filming of Apocalypse Now. The region features lovely beaches, plentiful local attractions and some of the region's most luxurious venues. The Dye family have had a hand in many of the region’s courses, many of which can be found at the Casa de Campo Resort & Villas in La Romana.
This was the third course in the region to be designed by Pete Day and is built into the Chavon Valley itself. This windswept, challenging course features holes carved into the sides of the Dominican mountains, offering breathtaking views of the valley 300 feet below and the Altos de Chavon, a replica 16th-century village.
This was the first Pete Dye course constructed in the Dominican Republic and was responsible for putting the country on the world golf map way back in 1971. It has been at the top of the Caribbean golf ratings for 45 years and is considered a must-play venue for any golfer who visits the region. Seven of the holes are on the ocean front and are vulnerable to the strong Caribbean gales, and following its 2005 update, the course has become even tougher, with upgraded bunkers and longer fairways.
Created by Pete Dye to build on the success of Casa de Campo’s Teeth of the Dog, it was designed to recreate the feel of a classic British links course. A pleasantly hilly venue, the course features firm fairways, unforgiving rough and enormous greens, as well as a proliferation of cavernous bunkers. The layout is threaded with lagoons and lakes that attract wildlife including wading birds, and five of the holes are completely surrounded by water.
Golfing in Santo Domingo
We offer the best prices on golf holidays in the Dominican Republic and if you’re looking for a mix of golf and culture, then the south coast of the country is the destination for you. This is where you will find the capital city of Santo Domingo, and many of the country’s cultural attractions, including the enchanting historical site of the Colonial City. It is also a thriving golf region, featuring a great golf course at Cayacoa Golf Club.
Cayacoa Golf Club
This course was built in 1989 and is less than half an hour outside the capital Santo Domingo, but remains one of Caribbean golf’s secret pleasures. It is laid out over gently undulating slopes and features some superb par-three holes as well as breathtaking views of the countryside. Its location near to the capital make it the ideal escape for those who need a break from the bustle of the city, and the club terrace is the perfect place to relax.
Golfing in Juan Dolio
Juan Dolio is less than an hour away from the capital and offers the ideal escape for those enjoying a Dominican golf holiday. The popular tourist town is known for its restaurants and beaches set in lush countryside. Its high-class golf venues include a course designed by legendary multiple Major winner, Gary Player.
Guavaberry Golf & Country Club
Created by renowned course designer Gary Player, this venue is just thirty minutes away from Santo Domingo’s international airport and the beach town of Juan Dolio. Bordering a forest nature reserve, the course has earned a reputation for being hard to tame, but there are a range of tees to make it playable for players of all abilities. Among its many unique features are the dramatic waterfall at the 13th and several coral rock formations.
Los Marlins Golf Course
This venue is conveniently located half an hour from Santo Domingo’s international airport and features many amenities such as a restaurant, swimming pool, golf shop, putting green and mini golf course. The layout itself is artfully crafted and includes a pleasing variety of picturesque bunkers, lakes and slopes.
Golfing in Puerto Plata
When considering golf holidays in the Dominican Republic, you should certainly bear the north coast of the country in mind. This area is noted for its beaches, which attract thousands of water-sport enthusiasts, and is one of the foremost ecotourism venues in the Caribbean. The region boasts two superb courses, both designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., and away from the course, there is always plenty to enjoy in this region, with its one hundred miles of beautiful, unspoilt shoreline and cultural attractions.
Puerto Plata is at the heart of the region’s nightlife and has many superb hotels and resorts. The adventurous golf tourist can also enjoy the views from Mount Isabel de Torres
, and explore the fascinating prehistoric amber deposits and breathtaking waterfalls. Puerto Plata’s Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP) is close by, so golfers can maximise their playing time, and Santiago Airport is also just an hour away to the south.
Playa Dorada Golf Course
Players who experience this stunning course will immediately recognise the handiwork of famous golf course designer Robert Trent Jones, Sr. It was opened in 1976, as part of the popular Playa Dorada Resort Complex and is conveniently situated just fifteen minutes from Puerto Plata airport, so you can get out on the course as soon as your Dominican Republic golf holiday begins! The course has five sea-view holes, and although the fairways are generous, the rough sparse and the greens straightforward, there are numerous tricky water hazards and treacherous bunkers to test the ingenuity of every golfer.
Playa Grande Golf Course
This layout was opened in 1997 and is notable as the last course every created by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Happily, it is also considered to be one of his best. Every single hole of this masterpiece looks out across the Atlantic Ocean, with ten holes lying directly adjacent to the sea. The course is laid out over a series of slopes and hills, which led to comparisons with the famous Pebble Beach course in the United States. The greens are maintained with the help of underground springs, and many of the holes are fringed with palm trees. The world famous golf designer Rees Jones has re-crafted the layout in recent years, adding to the challenge while making it accessible for players of every level, but has retained the unique feel of this iconic course, with its dramatic closing seaside holes.
About the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is renowned for having the most beautiful courses in the Caribbean and Latin America region, including a host of world-class layouts created by famous course designers such as Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Gary Player, Tom Fazio and Greg Norman. Two Dominican courses made the top ten in Golfweek Magazine’s 2016 rankings of Caribbean and Mexican courses, and five more made the top fifty.
The Dominican Republic is the jewel of the Caribbean, with a fabulous ecological range, from idyllic palm groves to sweeping mountains, dramatic coastlines and sun-drenched uplands, making it a unique and distinctive golfing location.
Whether you’re an experienced Golf Pro or a passionate amateur; golf holidays in the Dominican Republic offer something for everyone. Who could resist the chance to play golf in such a beautiful setting? The country offers a fantastic array of courses, with over 80 holes giving a sea view and 39 fairways laid out ocean-side, more than any other similar destination.
Dominican Republic golf clubs are famed for the quality of their customer service and experience at catering for the golfer’s every need. Many offer lessons with top players along with a wide range of holiday packages, including reasonably-priced club rental, food and drink, high-quality accommodation, cart rentals and green fees.
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Dominican Republic Facts
The Dominican Republic is the second largest nation in the Caribbean region; part of the island complex of Hispaniola, and shares a border with Haiti. The tropical climate is warmest between May and October, with an average temperature range of 25°C to 31°C, and the local time zone is Eastern Caribbean time.
Capital and Culture
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic is thought to be the oldest major city in South America and its Colonial City precinct earned World Heritage Site status in 1990. The official language of the country is Spanish, but English, German, French and Italian are spoken widely, particularly in tourist venues and hotels.
Travelling to the Dominican Republic
The country boasts eight international airports, including: Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) in Santo Domingo, Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), La Romana International Airport (LRM), Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP) in Puerto Plata, and El Cibao International Airport (STI) in Santiago, along with a number of maritime ports popular with cruise tours, including: Santo Domingo Port, Casa de Campo Port and Catalina Island in La Romana, and the newly built port of Amber Cove in Puerto Plata.
The currency of the nation is the Dominican peso (RD$). The electrical system operates at 110 volts/60 hertz, as in the United States, but you will find that most hotels provide adapter plugs. It is also important to wear sunscreen and mosquito repellent throughout the day, and regularly drink filtered water, to avoid the danger of dehydration.