When sporting enthusiasts think of the Dominican Republic they more often than not think of windsurfing, kiteboarding or even baseball. But with some of the Caribbean’s most electrifying and gorgeous courses, the Dominican Republic offers expert or casual duffers the perfect golf vacation destination. Nearby Velero Beach Resort are some of the Dominican Republic’s most popular courses sure to exercise your skills.

Robert Trent Jones, Sr. was truly the godfather of modern golf course design, virtually creating the profession as we know it today. We are lucky enough to have two of his beautifully architected courses within a short drive of the resort. Jones’ courses are challenging, following his belief that golf is a no risk; no reward sport. Sited in the tropical paradise of the Dominican Republic, they are also absolutely stunning to see.

Playa Dorada (18 holes, Par 72 designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.)

Golf Digest noted the Playa Dorada Golf Course as one of the Top 100 courses outside of the United States. No small matter considering how many are spread across Europe and Asia. The course stands up to the challenge with some exceptional greens and sweeping vistas (just to distract you).

The most information online about the course can be located on theirwebsite. There, they offer course overview, hole descriptions, maps and more. This magnificent course is only a short 35 minute drive from Velero Beach Resort.

Playa Grande (18 holes, Par 72 designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.)

Undeniably one of the most beautiful course designs, this course is felt to be the crowning achievement of the master golf course designer, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Often referred to as the “Pebble Beach of the Caribbean,” the Playa Grande Golf Course is spread across over 370 acres of verdant, lush tropical countryside hugging soaring ocean cliffs.

Of the 18 challenging holes, 10 lie right on the waters edge (some count 12); this course is both a challenge and a delight to experts and beginners. Few courses match this one in the world and none exceed it! More information on the Playa Grande Golf Course is located on their website.

The Playa Grande Golf Course is about one hour drive from Velero Beach Resort.