Sunday, January 1, 2006
Double-bogeys mean nothing when you're in paradise
|GT Selects (cont.)|
|Wyndham El Conquistador Resort and Golden Door Spa G.C.|
Arthur Hills designed this course to be challenging, player-friendly and aesthetically pleasing, all at the same time. The course’s picturesque but daunting hills and bunkers are tamed by strategically placed openings. Other features include elevation changes of more than 200 feet, rare for a Caribbean golf course, and prevailing trade winds that add a touch of uncertainty to each round. The fairways are dotted with palm trees and are impeccably manicured and surrounded by lush flora and fauna. In addition, the 9th and 18th holes share a common green, with a striking waterfall located nearby. The El Yunque rain forest to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the north add to the beauty of this top-notch track.
Par 72, 6746 yards (73.1/134)
|Teeth of the Dog|
Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic
Long considered the class of the Caribbean, The Teeth of the Dog, designed by Pete Dye, stretches to over 6,900 yards through citrus and coconut palm trees and along the rocky coastline. The golf course features seven ocean holes, each scenic enough to grace the cover of any golf publication. Flanked by the sea on one side, the front-nine ocean holes come back toward the clubhouse after the signature 5th hole, a short par-3 that requires a carry over the rocks and beach. Wayward shots are generally unwelcome here, particularly on the back nine, where plentiful sand, water and trees can wreak havoc on your score. While railroad ties are rare, all other Dye trademark hazards are omnipresent, including two holes where players are required to drive across the runway of the local airport.
Par 72, 6941 yards (74.1/140)
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