Some of the world’s most important golf course designers and architects have left their footprints on the geography of the Dominican Republic. Due to their outstanding work they have turned the Dominican Republic into the golf Mecca of the Caribbean. Some of the world-famous designers that have work on local golf courses, to name a few, are Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, P.B. Dye, Gary Player, Tom Fazio, Nick Faldo, Nick Price and Robert Trent Jones who, altogether have designed 17 of the country’s 25 golf courses.
Known as the Golden Bear, this American (born in Columbus, Ohio) is considered by many to be the best golfer in history. During his professional years he won 18 professional tournaments. Nicklaus designed the 18-hole Punta Espada Cap Cana Golf Course. Although this was the first golf course he designed in the Caribbean, it is considered by “Golfweek” magazine to be the best course in the region. He also designed “Las Iguanas,” another excellent golf course situated in this world-renowned tourism destination.
World-renowned Pete Dye was born in Urbana, Illinois, a member of a family dedicated to the design of golf courses throughout the world. During his teenage years he won the Ohio State High School Golf Championship and a medal in the Amateur Golf Championship.
Dye is the architect that designed the “Teeth of the Dog” golf course in Casa de Campo, on the country’s eastern region. Currently, this particular course occupies the 23rd spot among world-class golf courses. He also designed in this very same resort the “Links Golf Course”, the “Dye Fore” the “Romana Country Club” and the “Los Altos” golf courses. Casa de Campo is considered to be one of the finest and most exclusive tourism destinations in the Caribbean.
He is also responsible for the “La Cana” golf course in the Punta Cana Resort & Club and the “Las Aromas” golf course in Santiago, the country’s second largest city. “La Cana” is the first course in the Caribbean to use grass irrigated with salt water.
P.B. Dye, son of Pete Dye, was responsible for the architectural design of “La Estancia” golf course in La Romana, a tourism destination situated some two hours east of Santo Domingo, the country’s capital city. He also undertook the responsibility of redesigning the golf course of the “Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort & Covention Center,” also on the country’s eastern region.
Considered to be one of the best golfers of all time, Faldo heads Faldo Design, an internationally famous company specializing in the design of major golf courses throughout the world. In total, Faldo has won more than 40 world class tournaments. In the Dominican Republic he has designed the “Roco Ki” golf course, in Punta Macao, situated in the Punta Cana tourism region, on the easternmost region of the Dominican Republic.
Robert Trent Jones
In total, Robert Trent Jones has designed approximately some 500 golf courses in at least 40 states in the U.S. In 1987 he was inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame. In the Dominican Republic, three golf courses bear his signature: the “Playa Dorada Golf Course,” in Puerto Plata – on the country’s north coast; the “Playa Grande” course, in Rio San Juan, east of Puerto Plata; and the “Santo Domingo Country Club” course, in the Dominican capital. The latter is the country’s oldest golf course.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, this architect was born in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has designed golf courses in the Bahamas, Panama, Canada and the U.S. In the Dominican Republic, he designed the Punta Cana Reef Resort & Club.
This South African native is considered to be one of the best players in history, having won 165 tournaments on five continents. He was inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. He was the only player in the 20th century to win the British Open in three different decades. The “Guavaberry Golf Club & Country Club,” located in Juan Dolio, some 20 minutes east of Santo Domingo’s international airport, was designed by Player.
In 1990 he headed the Official World Golf Ranking. Born in Durban, South Africa, Price won the British Open in 1994 and the PGA Championships in 1992 and 1994. He designed the “Punta Blanca Golf Course” in Punta Cana.