Grab Your Clubs and Swing For the Caribbean!
by Kevin Patterson
With the bitterness of winter lingering in the air, it's
time to get out of the cold and head for paradise. If you're like me, then
you're not a big fan of frozen fairways or icy ponds. So forget about waiting
for the ice to melt, let's head out and check out some of the best destinations
for your golf getaway.
|Our first stop takes us to three classic
courses at Casa de Campo in the beautiful La Romana in the Dominican
Republic. The legendary "Teeth of the Dog" course, designed by
world-renowned golf course designer Pete Dye, is a beautiful and
challenging course that every golfer should enjoy at least once. This
par 72, 7,000 yard long course offers incredibly stunning views of the
ocean and Dominican landscape. Another course masterfully crafted by
Pete Dye is the Dye Fore. Stretching an incredible 7,740 yards, this is
a course you just can't look away from. The Dye Fore features gorgeous
views of the Dominican mountains, Caribbean Sea, and seven gorgeous
cliff-side holes that drop 300 feet to the Chavon River below. Our last
course in the Dominican Republic, and my personal favorite, is the
Punta Espada in Cap Cana. Designed by the PGA legend Jack Nicklaus,
Punta Espada offers incredible views of the Caribbean, with eight holes
that play along and over the sea. This course is decorated with emerald
fairways and perfect greens, making it a must play for golfers
|The next destination on our
list is Los Cabos, Mexico. There are plenty of great places to golf in
this popular destination, but the course that will really catch your
eye is the Cabo del Sol Ocean Course in Cabo San Lucas. It's no
surprise that this course was designed by Jack Nicklaus because it's
absolutely breathtaking. The Cabo del Sol Ocean Course showcases
captivating views of mountains, desert, and the beautiful azul backdrop
of the Sea of Cortez that displays a gorgeous contrast you won't find
anywhere else. The best part of this course is the signature 17th hole,
it tees off from a cliff top, requiring a precise hit over a cove to a
green naturally shaped by rock outcroppings from the Sea of Cortez.
|Our last, but certainly not
least, golf destination takes us to Puerto Rico. With great places to
golf such as Dorado Beach and the Trump International Golf Club, it's
easy to label Puerto Rico as one of the best golf destinations in the
world. Dorado Beach's East Course is truly something to behold.
Originally designed by Robert Trent Jones, recently restored by his son
Robert Trent Jones II, this masterpiece features 15 holes with
panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean with a beautiful lush landscape.
The Trump International Course is also a must play. Designed by PGA
tour professional Tom Kite, this course will take you through
picturesque views, rolling hills, and over lakes and water ways.
If you're looking for a little more excitement with your golf
getaway, hop in some Jet
Packs and Zodiacs and get ready for the time of your life.