PUNTACANA Resort & Club
This resort offers plenty of fun on and off the course
No island in the Caribbean comes close to the Dominican Republic in terms of golf—for either quantity or quality. The entire coastline is dotted with top courses by top designers including Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones, Sr., but it is the Punta Cana region that has the highest concentration of great courses. A large, dramatic peninsula on the east coast, Punta Cana is the country’s main vacation destination, home to a dozen highly lauded golf courses and about 40 major beach resorts, many of them all-inclusive. PUNTACANA Resort & Club is the most opulent of the bunch, with celebrity part-owners Julio Iglesias and Oscar de la Renta, who designed the latest luxury hotel within the resort, boutique Tortuga Bay. It offers two world-class golf courses and full resort amenities including beach club, clubhouses, restaurants, tennis centre, spa, two hotels and an array of rental villas. The original La Cana course by P.B. Dye has long been one of the island’s most stunning, with lots of coastal exposure and vistas overlooking the Caribbean. The design is best-known for its extensive and creative use of stark waste areas and bunkers: pot bunkers, deep flat-bottomed bunkers, pit bunkers, bunkers flashed with high mounds and grass bunkers. Dye also designed new holes for La Cana, opening this month, while legendary Tom Fazio recently added the Corales course, exclusively for homeowners and guests of Tortuga Bay. Thanks to the dense vacation infrastructure and natural beauty of the peninsula, there is plenty to do off the course, and Punta Cana’s main attraction is more than 30 km of powdery white beaches, with every watersport imaginable. There are also numerous casinos, dune buggy and zipline tours and, right at the resort, the 1,500-acre Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve. This network of interpretive trails links 12 lagoons, some of which are home to iguanas while others brag of a petting zoo and sugarcane farm.
Top courses in the D.R.
Teeth of the Dog
Roco Ki Golf Club
Cana Bay Beach Club & Golf Resort