A favorite destination for golfing cognoscenti is the Dominican Republic, which has become one of the hottest spots to tee off in the Caribbean. And little wonder. The country has an outstanding array of world class golf courses and exclusive resorts set amidst breathtaking white sand beaches and vistas of unspoiled natural beauty.
Casa de Campo in picturesque La Romana boasts three courses designed by Pete Dye, including the legendary Teeth of the Dog and the newer Dye Fore, a 7,770-foot masterpiece featuring a 300-foot deep river gorge as a backdrop.
Next on my list was Puntacana Resort & Club, a spectacular beachfront enclave created by Frank Ranieri. It is home to the La Cana course, a Dye-abolical layout designed by P.B. Dye and Corales, another beauty designed by Tom Fazio. A 15-foot waterfall and indigenous coral formations distinguish the challenging course at Guavaberry Golf & Country Club, designed by Gary Player, while Playa Grande, a Robert Trent Jones layout, is considered the Pebble Beach of the Caribbean, with ten holes laid out along stark oceanside cliffs.
And finally, the luxurious Cap Cana Resort features Punta Espada, designed by Jack Nicklaus, yet another course in DR that is generating plenty of buzz.