Golf’s Caribbean Queen
Dominican Republic golf article & course update – Golfers wowed with 86 ocean view holes
With seven Dominican Republic golf courses offering 86 holes on or overlooking the ocean, the country truly is golf’s Caribbean queen.
Two months after the reopening of the iconic, cliff-top Playa Grande Golf Course – the penultimate design by the great Robert Trent Jones Senior, now remodelled by his son, Rees Jones – at Río San Juan, the tropical nation boasts more Dominican Republic golf holes with a sea view than any other Caribbean destination. What’s more, 37 golf holes are directly on either the Caribbean Sea or Atlantic Ocean, meaning golfers enjoy an unrivalled experience playing alongside azure-blue waters or crashing waves.
Dubbed the “Pebble Beach of the Caribbean” for its dramatic layout, every one of the Dominican Republic golf course Playa Grande’s 18 holes offers stirring views of the Atlantic Ocean, more than half of them playing right along the edge of 100-foot sea cliffs. The reopening of Playa Grande Golf Course, following a redesign of six of the course’s back nine holes to accommodate the new Amanera Resort hotel on the cliff edge, has resulted in the final five holes being routed along the cliffs parallel to the ocean. This takes the country’s total of ocean view holes from 68 to 86, while the number of holes alongside the sea has gone up from the previous 27.
Dominican Republic golf courses with views of passing whales
Keep your eyes peeled while playing Playa Grande, too. When you are not sizing up your putts looking for birdies, cast your gaze seawards and you might spot a passing humpback whale – thousands of them migrate to Samaná Bay, to the northeast, for mating and calving from mid-January to mid-March each year. You can also sometimes see them from other courses including Corales and Punta Espada, by the country’s easternmost tip. Read more >>