Casa de Campo,
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Relatively flat terrain - no effort to walk.
Oceanside and residential.
Sharing the same clubhouse at the resort centre are the 18-hole Teeth of the Dog course (par-72; 7471 yds from back tees) and 18-hole Links course (par-71; 6664 yds). Five minutes from the centre, with its own clubhouse and shop, is the 18-hole Dye Fore course (par-72; 7714 yds from back tees). Also on property is the private 27-hole La Romana CC course.
4 km E of La Romana
Casa de Campo is just off Hwy 3 on the east side of La Romana. If approaching from the east (Higuey) look for the entrance on your left before getting into La Romana. If approaching from the west (Santo Domingo / San Pedro de Marcoris) go through La Romana on Hwy 3, following signs for Casa de Campo. Look for the entrance on your right, about 1.2 km after crossing the river bridge on the east side of the city.
Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog course): It was back in 1971 that Pete Dye's aptly named Teeth of the Dog layout set the bar for a new generation of golf courses in the Caribbean. To date, few courses have matched the oceanside splendour and fabulous design features of this magnificent layout. The seven holes played directly alongside the ocean (and some over it), have tested and thrilled all who play here.
The short, challenging and exquisite par-3 5th, is one of the Teeth's most photographed holes; its seemingly postage-stamp green surrounded on three sides by the azure waters of the Caribbean. This gem of a par-3 starts a run of four oceanside holes, all of them immensely scenic, any one of them capable of giving your score a serious bite. The par-3 7th provides as scenic a spot to tarry a while as you'll find anywhere in the golfing world.
On the back-nine the oceanside stretch embraces the par-4 15th, par-3 16th and par-4 17th. If the prevailing sea breeze is blowing, drawers of the ball may need to hit out over the ocean to see their ball come back from right to left onto dry land. With the greens hanging out over the ocean, all three of these holes demand top quality approach shots.
When not alongside the seashore, with its jagged, teeth-like coral rocks, the course assumes a calmer, more resort-style persona. Throughout, Dye's prodigious mounding and bunkering around the often elevated greens put an emphasis on great approach work and a premium on an excellent short-game.
Stay & Play at Casa de Campo: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Caddies compulsory (minimum of one per flight). Walking permitted.
Since its opening in 1971, the Teeth of the Dog has continually been rated a World Top 100 golf course. Some golf commentators believe the name of the course comes from an occasion when Pete Dye flew over the par-3 16th green, commenting how its shape resembled that of a dog's tooth. However, the name is more widely credited to the jagged coral rocks that buttress its oceanside holes.
The construction of this pioneering Caribbean course was largely achieved by 300 Dominican labourers, armed with sledgehammers, pickaxes and chisels. Importing heavy mechanised equipment normally used in golf course construction was considered too difficult and too expensive.
World: 59th best course in the world (GOLF magazine, 2020/21).
Country: No.1 course in Dominican Republic (Golf Digest, 2020).
Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
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Casa de Campo, the Caribbean's most complete resort, offers an extraordinary range of activities and facilities, spread throughout its huge and impressive ocean-fronted domain. With 81 holes of golf and nine more on the way, this is a golfers paradise. Two of the courses - the Teeth of the Dog and Dye Fore - are amongst the most acclaimed in the Caribbean. The resort also includes the world-class La Teraza Tennis Centre, a 25-acre Shooting Centre, an Equestrian Centre, a dozen restaurants, night clubs, bars, a movieplex, pharmacy, marina and the stunning artist village of Altos de Chavon.
Teeth of the Dog; Dye Fore; The Links; La Romana (Private)
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