Do you golf? Do you know where the best destination in the Caribbean is for golf? Punta Cana!
Since Punta Cana has recently come into popularity, it is commonly referred to as the New Caribbean, but in addition to its Caribbean beauty, it also plays host to incredible championship Golf Courses. Along its long palm tree studded coastline are spectacularly beautiful and challenging golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Tom Fazio, Pete Dye and more. In CapCana, just 10 minutes from the Punta Cana Airport, Jack Nicklaus has two signature Golf Courses, Las Iguanas and Punta Espada, which was recently rated by the USTOA (United States Tour Operator Association) as the Number One Golf Course in the Caribbean. Maybe not as prestigious a recommendation as the USTOA, but when my father and I played the course, he said “Kevin, this is the most beautiful Golf Course I have ever seen”.
This past March, he and I went back to Punta Cana to watch the PGA Champions Tour at CapCana. Greg Norman, Mark O’Meara, Keith Fergus and many more all competed that weekend, the course was in incredible shape, and the destination was buzzing with excitement. While we were there, we went over to the Nick Faldo Legacy Course at Roco Ki Punta Cana, which was named one of the Top 10 Best New Golf courses in the World by Travel & Leisure’s Golf Magazine. This course has incredible views. The 17th Green is on an island and you have the Caribbean waters smashing into it, spraying a white mist over the green. It’s absolutely gorgeous and ridiculously challenging. We lost a half a dozen golf balls on that course.
All within minutes of the Punta Cana International Airport and located amongst some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches and resorts are these spectacular golf courses. If you are a golf enthusiast looking for a destination that offers not one, but nearly 10 PGA Championship Golf Courses combined with the true beauty of the Caribbean, then Punta Cana is the perfect location for your next Golf Vacation.
For a list of these and other great Golf Courses in the Caribbean, Hawaii and Mexico, check out our Golfer’s Guide.