Above: Make sure you hit the green at the par 3, 13th hole or you could rake up a big number
“I believe Cap Cana will offer one of the finer golf experiences in the Caribbean and perhaps the world” states Jack Nicklaus in his introduction to the Punta Espada course. Few could argue with those words once they have experienced this piece of heaven on earth. Everyone here eulogises how great the course is, including professionals from other courses and sometimes when that happens do you believe the hype?
In one word yes, this was everything that it was made out to be and more. From the moment you step on to the practice ground with the triangles of balls all lined up waiting to be hit to practice greens that most courses would be happy with as their greens.
You step on to the elevated first tee, which looks down on a perfectly manicured fairway with a slight dogleg to the left with the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean as a back drop, I don’t think you could hit a bad shot if you tried!!
Then you head to the Second and you look down from the tee that is crafted on top of a rock to the fairway below and the green on a peninsula in the distance, it really is hard to concentrate, remember you’re here to play golf and not just on a sightseeing tour of some of the best scenery in the Dominican Republic.
Hole after hole offers a great golf challenge but also breath taking views. The par 3, 190 yard 4th over an inlet from the sea, the par 5, 12th which carves its way back down to the shore, the 250 yard par 3, 13th which is all carry across the Caribbean sea from the back tee.
Then you have the finish of 16th, 17th and 18th down to and along the shoreline if you could only choose three holes to play for the rest of your life, you couldn’t go far wrong with these finishing holes.
Jack Nicklaus has truly created a masterpiece here, which could be hard to beat but he is having a good try.
Jack has been commissioned to create another 18 holes, which are well on their way to complication. From what I was shown by Mark Clouse Director of golf, at Cap Cana he could pull it off. Eventually there will be 5 courses on this complex, they are hoping by 2010 for Punta Espada to become a member’s only course. If this is to be the case, pack your clubs while you have the chance, for a truly memorable round of golf.
bove: Looking down on the 2nd green with the 3rd hole in the background
The 3rd plays along the shore Island green at the 10th hole A beautiful welcome at 18
bove: The 12th hole brings you back down to the sea