Golf lovers are already well aware that the Dominican Republic is the best location in the Caribbean to play their favourite sport. This country was recently voted as the Latin America and Caribbean Golf Destination of the Year 2019 in the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) Awards.
The distinction of Golf Destination of the Year, which the Dominican Republic already held in 2018, has done nothing but increase its international reputation amongst golf lovers. This increased popularity is highlighted by the growing list of signature golf courses designed by famous ex-players such as Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Gary Player, Tom Fazio, Nick Price and Greg Norman. Golf courses whose paths are wonderfully lined by exotic palm trees, abundant vegetation and hills bathing in the warm Caribbean sunlight.
The category and design of its golf courses, the quality of the facilities and – of course – the enviable climate make the Dominican Republic the perfect destination for golf tourism. “With the fantastic course quality, our golf offering is now one of the country’s emerging tourism sectors. Golf lovers from around the world flock to the Dominican Republic every year to enjoy their passion for the sport, returning home thrilled at having been able to play on the best golf courses offered by the Caribbean and Latin America”. These were the words of Karyna Font-Bernard, director of the Dominican Republic Tourist Board in Spain and Portugal.
Punta Cana is home to the highest number of courses
Being one of the Dominican Republic’s most consolidated tourist destinations, Punta Cana has simultaneously developed a top-class golf tourism offering. This is undoubtedly the destination par excellence for tourists travelling to the Dominican Republic looking to practice their swing. A dozen golf courses can be found within the grounds of some of the area’s most luxurious resorts, with a total of 189 different holes – 39 offering a sea view and 20 located right on the coastline.
Whether a golfing novice or a seasoned pro, the courses at Punta Cana are the best places to practice this outdoor sport. Some of the courses that are open to the public include Punta Espada Golf Club – found in the Cap Cana tourist resort – which was recently named as one of the best courses in the Caribbean and Mexico by the prestigious golf magazine, Golfweek.
It must also be pointed out that at least seven of the Dominican Republic’s golf courses have featured more than once in the list of the top 50 golf courses in the Caribbean and Mexico, drawn up by the same publication. The Punta Espada course faired exceptionally well, featuring in the top 10.
But away from Punta Cana and other locations in the East of the country, many other golf courses can be enjoyed by visitors. Slightly more to the South, in the resort of La Romana, visitors will be able to choose from several top-class golf courses. Other regions where golf tourism is becoming increasingly popular include Santo Domingo and Juan Dolio; Puerto Plata and Río San Juan; and in the centre of the country, Santiago, Bonao and Jarabacoa.