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Caribbean

The Caribbean has some of the world's most beautiful and challenging golf courses.

The Courses

Casa de Campo (Links Course)

The beautiful inland Links course at Casa de Campo may not seem as exciting or challenging as its sea-side and cliff-hugging siblings, but don´t be deceived. The Links is inland on the Resort property with spectacular views of the Caribbean and the Resort. It is a hilly track, with tall bahia and guinea grass roughs plus multiple sand traps keep you on your toes.

Thought by some to be reminiscent of traditional British and Scottish courses, there are several lagoons and even lakes with wading birds. There are five holes where water comes into play on this course making it a challenge unto itself. Ask any golfer who has played The Links and you will hear that this course is equally as challenging as the Teeth. It´s a demanding, merciless course for the unwary, with water coming into play on five holes.

 

Casa de Campo (Dye Fore)

The numbers are staggering: 7,740 yards in length; seven cliff-side holes dropping 300 feet to the Chavon River below; 40 mph gusting winds - and breathtaking 360 degree views! Introducing Pete Dye’s latest gem at Casa de Campo: Dye Fore. Of the 18 picturesque holes on the Dye Fore course, #12 and #15 are two of the greatest par three holes in the world.

 "Dye Fore has spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, the Dominican mountains - the highest mountains in all the Caribbean, the Chavon River below, the Casa de Campo Marina and the Altos de Chavon artists´ village," said Gilles Gagnon, Director of Golf at Casa de Campo. "Visually, the course is intimidating and the par threes are in a word... incredible." The Dye Fore addition to Casa de Campo’s golf triad is said to rival the "Teeth of the Dog." Go play them both.

Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog)- #46 2013 Golf Magazine's World Top 100

Ranked as the number one course in the Caribbean and 43rd in the Top 100 Courses Worldwide, by Golf Magazine, Pete Dye’s classic Teeth of the Dog attracts the best professional and amateur golfers in the world. Building this course was a true labour of love...

"The opportunity to carve out Teeth of the Dog was a once-in-a-lifetime experience," Pete Dye wrote in his book, Bury Me In a Pot Bunker. "Without proper heavy machinery to crack the coral, the tireless Dominican crew used sledgehammers, pickaxes and chisels."

The result was a true masterpiece! Tricky shots such as a devilish dogleg and signature Dye obstacles captivate the world’s best. Toss-in trade winds courtesy of Mother Nature and "seven holes created by God," said Dye, who lays claim to creating only the other eleven, and you discover the magnetic force of this amazing course.

Varadero Golf Club

Varadero Golf Club, the first 18 hole course in Cuba, covers a narrow strip adjacent to the ocean. Architect Herbert Strong designed the first course in 1931. In September 1933 it was hit by a hurricane that swept away holes 5 to 9. Playing the 9 holes cost $1.00, of which $0.50 was for the caddy, and the rest was for a public school.

The current course, designed by Canadian architect Les Furber on behalf of the Cuban government, is an interesting resort course built to service the visitors of the myriad of hotels in the Varadero Beach area. Built on the site of the former Dupont family estate, their summer home – the Mansion Xanadu – still sits alongside the clubhouse and makes an interesting centerpiece for the property. With two holes along the ocean and some challenging water holes on the back nine, Varadero presents a fun, straight forward challenge. The course runs from the San Bernardino Hill, the highest point at Varadero beach, all the way down along the coastal strip.


Cabo del Sol (Ocean Course)- #97 2013 Golf Magazine's World Top 100

The Ocean Course is a world-renowned Jack Nicklaus Signature design stretching for more than a mile along a coastline of craggy rock outcroppings and sun-washed shores. This championship layout is praised by Nicklaus himself for having the “three finest finishing holes in all of golf.”  The 5th and signature 17th holes are currently ranked among “The 500 Best Holes in the World” according to Golf Magazine (January 2000).

Awards & Accolades for the Ocean Course include being ranked in the Top 100 Courses in the World by Golf Magazine every year from  1995 - Present (Current Ranking: #95).

Cabo del Sol (Desert Course)

This masterful Tom Weiskopf design features mesmerizing ocean views from all 18 holes, each artfully sculpted through incredible natural surroundings. A unique combination of desert and ocean, canyon-like arroyos and a variety of foliage creates a breathtaking backdrop as well as a significant challenge. The course varies in length from 4,810 to 7,100 with undulating greens, challenging elevation changes and dramatic bunkering.

The Desert Course is rated #6 in all of México by Golf Digest placing it behind only The Ocean Course among Los Cabos' resort golf offerings.

Diamante (The Dunes Course) - #52 2013 Golf Magazine's World Top 100

On one of the most pristine beaches anywhere along the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find one of the most spectacular golf courses and facilities anywhere — The Dunes Course at Diamante, ranked #52 in the world by GOLF Magazine, complete with an awe-inspiring, 14-acre practice and performance centre. Add to that a professional caddie service, resort-style clubhouse and complimentary course-side gourmet comfort stations, and you’ve got an unforgettable experience. When Dunes Course designer Davis Love III first arrived on the Diamante site, he said, “It was like pulling up to St. Andrews.” Golf at Diamante does share some similarities with the classic links courses in Scotland and Ireland. But here, the weather is warmer. The sand is whiter. And the sea is bluer.

Eighteen holes sit among some of the most dramatic sand dunes this side of Ireland’s Island Golf Club. “You’re either playing toward the ocean, along the ocean or away from the ocean,” says course designer Davis Love III. “And then, at times, you’re down in the dunes and you pop up and are surprised all over again by the incredible views of the ocean.” It’s the only Cabo San Lucas course located on the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula. It’s also one of the most dramatic meetings of desert, white dunes, blue ocean and green fairways in all the world.