With a well-deserved reputation as the golfing Mecca of the Caribbean and as home to the largest concentration of courses in the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is a bucket-list favorite for both professional golfers and enthusiast amateurs.
Several of the Dominican Republic’s 26 golf courses are dotted around Punta Cana, the most famous of which are the three Oceanside resorts, looking out over the peninsula’s lavish structures and endless white sand beaches and visited by everyone from golfing legends like Tiger Woods to former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. Choose from the award-winning, 18-hole Punta Espada, the creation of Jack ‘The Golden Bear’ Nicklaus; the magnificent 27-hole La Cana, designed by P.B. Dye; or the Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole Corales course, notorious for its waterfront ‘Devil’s Elbow,’ which requires a forced carry over the Bay of Corrales.
Other top destinations for golfers include Jack Nicklaus’ Cana Bay, the first-ever golf course within a Hard Rock Hotel; the Cocotal Golf club, designed by six-time Spanish champion Jose "Pepe" Gancedo; and PB Dye’s hugely popular Bavaro Lakes golf course, which winds its way through mangrove forests and around 25 inland lakes. Another of P.B Dye’s renowned creations is the recently opened Iberostate Bávaro golf course, where golfers can test their skills on undulating terrain and hidden pot bunkers.