Top 3 Golf Courses
The picturesque beach paradise, Punta Cana, lies on the far east of the Dominican Republic, and it has long been famous for its 32km stretch of white sandy shores, crystal clear waters and favourable weather conditions all-year-round. However, besides being a utopia for relaxing in the sun, this destination is also a favourite among scuba divers, snorkelers and sports fans. With numerous ocean-side 18- and 27-hole courses, Punta Cana is an established hotspot for avid golfers.
Almost all Punta Cana’s golf courses are surrounded by accommodation choices ranging from budget hotels to luxury vacation villas, and many would agree there’s no better place to enjoy the outdoors with temperatures hovering between 25 and 28°C during every season. Rainfall is limited regardless of which month you visit, and you’ll find this destination more than reasonably priced. This article details the top three rated courses below to help you plan your golf getaway in this Caribbean gem.
- Cocotal Golf & Country Club
The Cocotal Golf & Country Club is one of Punta Cana’s most frequented courses, and with 27 holes to cover, you can certainly make a full day of your hobby here. It was designed by renowned architect Jose “Pepe” Gancedo, who many people refer to as the Picasso of golf course design. Its trademark features include strategically placed bunkers, trees, rolling terrain and mounds, and with four sets of tees per hole, it’s the perfect course for both beginners and experienced players alike.
Many affordable and high-end hotels surround the course, but Lake Village Cocotal which is currently under development consists of luxury villas and apartments – available for vacation rental and purchase – and lies on the course itself, making it the most convenient accommodation choice for access to one of the destination’s top golfing hotspots.
- Corales Golf Club
Tom Fazio and his golf course architectural firm utilised 40 years of experience to design Corales Golf Club, another one of the most famous courses in Punta Cana. It lies next to the ocean, with six of its 18 holes being directly next to the water overlooking the natural cliffs. Plus, numerous quarries and inland lakes add to the beauty of the course. However, you might want to book this course well in advance to avoid disappointment as it only hosts a limited amount of players per day.
Similar to the Cocotal Golf & Country Club, there is a community of luxury villas available which make up the golf complex, and there are plenty of other hotel options surrounding the course if you need something more affordable.
- Cana Bay Golf Course at The Hard Rock Punta Cana