Amanera Resort and Playa Grande Golf now open
Amanera Resort, the most luxurious of all boutique hotels in the country, is now open at Playa Grande on the north coast. The hotel includes the fully renovated Playa Grande Golf Course. As the centerpiece of the new resort, the exclusive 18-hole, par-72 course will make Amanera the first fully integrated Aman resort – with both golf and residences – in the world. The course was renovated by Rees Jones, son of the late designer Robert Trent Jones Sr. In 1995, it was the last golf course Jones had created outside the US before his passing in 2000.
The golf course overlooks the crescent-shaped Playa Grande Beach. It is characterized by long vistas, cliff-side fairways and meticulously contoured greens. Ten holes play directly on the ocean, the most on any golf course in the Western Hemisphere.
The Playa Grande Golf Course has been designed to give players a balanced experience, with both the front and back nine featuring a mix of holes running along the cliffs. The gently rolling landscape n providing natural undulations, ideal for golf n are accented by wide fairways, meticulously contoured greens and Rees Jones’ signature windswept coastal-style bunkers. Adding to its distinctive qualities, the course features what is being labeled as one of the finest finishes in the game of golf n which includes the dogleg right par-5 on the 14th hole that allows golfers to finish on the cliff’s edge overlooking the beach, resort and ocean. From there, the final four holes play along the rocky cliffs – high above the ocean. The final hole is a risk/reward par-5 n which requires the player to choose a shot from one cliff to another and over a cove of water in order to reach the green in two or take the safer three shot route around the ocean.
The course continues to be led by PGA professional Julio Santos, who was born in the Dominican Republic and is now known as one of the country’s most respected golf professionals and teachers. The management announces that the staff at Playa Grande Golf Course will offer a full program of instruction for all ages and levels of play, honoring the traditions and decorum of golf while making the game accessible to new and young players. Instruction includes large on-practice putting greens, a practice fairway and short game area.
Amanera, designed by award-winning architect John Heah, stretches over more than 810 hectares (2,000 acres) of virtually untouched land and Atlantic seacoast, comprising verdant peaks and a lush jungle terrain with centuries-old trees and royal palms. A limited number of branded residences are available for purchase, the Amanera Villas, and range from two to six bedrooms. Tucked away within their own private enclave along the Playa Grande Golf Course and with magnificent ocean views, the amenity-rich homes are adjacent to the resort and managed by Aman. Here, residents will benefit from all resort amenities, including the golf course and informal beach club, Club de Playa.
For more information, visit www.playagrande.com
Nov 24, 2015
Category: DR Living |