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Famous Golf Architects Have Designed Top-Rated Dominican Golf Courses

The world’s best golf course architects have left their mark on the geography of the Dominican Republic, and have turned the Dominican Republic into the number one golf destination in the Caribbean.  Some of the country’s top golf courses have been designed by world-famous Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, PB Dye, Gary Player, Tom Fazio, Nick Faldo, Nick Price, Pepe Gansedo and Robert Trent Jones.  In total, they have designed 20 of the country’s 26 golf courses.

Pete Dye

World-renowned Pete Dye, who comes from a family of golf course designers, was a successful amateur player.  Dye designed the world-famous “Teeth of the Dog” golf course in Casa de Campo, one of the Caribbean’s most exclusive resorts.  This particular golf course currently occupies the 23rd slot in the world’s top 100 golf courses and the number one in the Caribbean, according to Golf Magazine.

He also designed the Links Golf Course, a short field resembling many of Scotland’s traditional courses.  The Dye Fore was built on the bluffs overlooking the Chavon River.  The winds in this particular golf course are a determining factor in the outcome of any game.  The Romana Country Club features four tees, to accommodate all players.  Finally, he designed the Las Aromas Golf Club in Santiago, the country’s second largest city.  This particular golf course is surrounded by some of the country’s most important agricultural land.

Robert Trent Jones

In all, Robert Trent Jones has designed 500 golf courses in some 40 U.S. states. In 1987 he was inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame. In the Dominican Republic three very special courses bear his distinct name: the Playa Dorada Golf Course, in Puerto Plata – the north coast’s most important city.  The golf course is known for its meticulous maintenance and first-class greens.  Another of his top-rated golf courses in the country is the Playa Grande Golf Course in Rio San Juan (the golf course with the highest number of seaside hotels in the country).  It is also situated in the country’s beautiful north coast, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.  Finally, Robert Trent Jones designed the Santo Domingo Country Club golf course, right in the Dominican capital.  It is the country’s oldest golf course, featuring impeccable putting greens and lush tropical gardens.

Tom Fazio

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, Fazio has designed world-renowned golf courses in the Bahamas, Panama, Canada, and the United States.  In the Dominican Republic he built the Los Corales Golf Club, situated in the Puntacana Resort & Club, on the country’s eastern region.  The golf course features six seaside hotels and rocky cliffs.

Nick Faldo

Said to be one of the greatest golfers of all times, Fazio is currently the head of Fazio Design, one of the world’s most important golf design/construction companies. During his golf career he managed to earn more than 40 wins in world-class tournaments.  Fazio designed the Roco Ki Golf Course, in Punta Macao, in Punta Cana.

Jack Nicklaus

Known as the “Golden Bear,” Nicklaus was born in Columbus, Ohio, and to date is considered to be one of the world’s greatest golfers. During his career he won 18 professional tournaments.  He designed the Punta Espada Cap Cana 18-hole golf course.  Although this was the first golf course he ever designed in the Caribbean, today the Punta Espada golf course is considered to be the finest in the region according to “Golfweek” magazine.  He also designed the Las Iguanas golf course, also in Cap Cana, on the country’s easternmost region.  This particular course features 14 seaside holes, with strong winds challenging the best golfers in the world.  The recently built Cana Bay Palace Golf Club, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, is the third golf course built in the Dominican Republic.

P. B. Dye

P. B. Dye, Pete Dye’s son, was responsible for the overall design of the La Estancia Golf Course in La Romana, on the country’s eastern region.  In this particular golf course, Dye used the irregular terrain to create a course known for beautiful undulating hills and impressive drops.  He also redesigned the Barceló Bavaro Beach Resort & Convention Center, where additional yardage was added to make the course more challenging.

P.B. Dye was also the designer of the La Cana Golf Club, at the Puntacana Resort & Club, the first golf course in the Caribbean to use salt water to irrigate the fields.

Gary Player

Born in South Africa, Player is considered to be one of the best players in golf history. In total he has won some 165 tournaments in five continents. He was inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. To date he is the only player to have won the British Open on three different decades. The Guavaberry Golf Club & Country Club, located in the beachfront community of Juan Dolio – some 45 minutes east of Santo Domingo – bears his distinct name.

Nick Price

In 1990 he topped the Official World Golf Ranking list. Born in Durban, South Africa, Price won the British Open in 1994 and the PGA Championships in 1992 and 1994. He designed the Punta Blanca Golf Course, in Punta Cana.  This particular golf course is known for its lush tropical vegetation and large natural lakes.

Jose “Pepe” Gancedo

Born in Spain in 1938, Gancedo was that country’s amateur champion on six different occasions. Many call Gancedo the Picasso of golf course designer for his deep respect of the natural surroundings of the golf course.  In the Dominican Republic he designed the Cocotal Golf & Country Club, belonging to the Spanish-based Meliá chain of hotels, and the White Sands Golf Course.

Source: Access DR

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