It might be tempting to lounge on Punta Cana's pristine beaches all day on your next Beach Bum Vacation to the Dominican Republic. However, if golf is your sport of choice, don't miss the chance to work on your swing at some of the area's best courses during your luxury travel experience.
Punta Espada Golf Club
Last year, Golfweek named Punta Espada the best course in the Caribbean & Mexico, & visitors have no doubts about why. This par-72 Jack Nicklaus signature course, located at the Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana All Inclusive Collection, is one of the most gorgeous in the Caribbean, with breathtaking ocean & beach views that have helped it become a fixture on the PGA Champions Tour. With various water hazards & tricky tee positions, Punta Espada can be a challenge, but talk to any past visitor and they'll tell you it's totally worth it.
La Cana Golf Club
The Dominican Republic's La Cana Golf Club includes 27 holes (14 of which feature stunning views of the Caribbean Sea) & three nines. However, aside from its gorgeous vistas, this P.B. Dye-designed course is also known as one of the most environmentally friendly greens on the island, as it was one of the first in the Caribbean to use paspalum, a type of grass that relies on seawater. Keep in mind that as La Cana has risen as a favorite course among golfers around the world, it can get quite crowded, especially during peak season. Try to reserve a tee-time well in advance if you want to play at La Cana on your Caribbean Beach Bum Vacation.
Barcelo Bavaro Golf Course
Without a backdrop against the glistening Caribbean Sea, Barcelo Bavaro Golf Course may lack the stunning scenery that La Cana & Punta Espada are known for. However, make no mistake – Barcelo Bavaro is truly one of Punta Cana's golf gems. This 18-hole, par-72 championship course is designed to accommodate all levels of play, which has helped it become one of the most-visited courses in the area.