Cocotal Golf Course Review - Dominican Republic

Cocotal Golf & Country Club
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Name: Bo (DR1)  Handicap: 12  Review Date: December 7th 2006  Tee Time: 11:40
Fairways are surrounded by a 1st cut of rough from which the ball is easily played. If the ball goes beyond the 1st cut of rough there's compact sand around the base of the many trees lining almost every fairway. Finding your ball should be easy but your shot to the green may well be blocked.

Hibiscus 9 + Bougainvillea 9 played from the white tee.
Course also has Benjamina 9 for a total of 27 holes.
Course layout:
Designed by Pepe Gancedo. Not much change in elevation but that was expected from the landscape the course is set in. You get the feeling you're in a residential area playing from back yard to back yard. Lot of vegetation on and around this golf course.

The course has minimal variation in style of holes.
Bermuda grass all over. Tees and fairways are in good shape however the rain from the night before had not yet drained from the fairways and were still visible in small puddles on all fairways, leading to carts leaving tracks. Greens look good but putting is just a guessing game. It was impossible to get a good read and putts broke on their own free will.
Professional and attentive staff in pro shop, reception and caddy shack. We didn't use the club house changing facilities. No watering holes on this course. However the service cart was well stocked and water was US$1 a bottle. I met the service cart twice on my round.
US$112 / 18 holes and a cart. No caddie seemed available nor was I offered one. Range balls?
19th hole:
Nice terrace and bar with A/C on the 2nd floor. I was the only one there. A can of Presidente beer was US$3. View from the terrace: the driving range, if you bothered to look through the vegetation.
Value for money rating:
It shows it's a resort course. My playing partners felt like cattle in the slaughter house arriving by bus from the hotel, through the pro shop for the stamp, downstairs to the caddy shack (more like a cart garage), jump into a cart, get your scorecard and the order of which course you where playing today and off you go. For US$112 you can get much better golf within a short driving distance.
It is way too much.
Hole Descriptions & Photos:
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1st hole, par 4, 316 yds:
A straight away hole with no sand to get your round started. Two palm trees short of the green is the only obstacle here.
2nd hole, par 3, 141 yds:
A lake is in play along the right side and must be carried. Bunkers located left of and behind the green.
3rd hole, par 5, 498 yds:
Wide landing areas with no fairway bunkers to threaten either your drive or 2nd shot. A couple of trees form a gate to go over or through to get to the green which is guarded by bunkers left and right.
4th hole, par 4, 343 yds:
Long hitters should be able to carry the palm tree in the fairway while shorter hitters should place their tee shot to the right of it. One green side bunker short right will not catch any straight run up approaches.
5th hole, par 3, 167 yds:
A flat straight hole with bunkers left and back of the green.
6th hole, par 4, 377 yds:
No obstacles here, just straight ahead to the green which is guarded by bunkers short left and short right.
7th hole, par 5, 475 yds:
Not much to get in the way of the drive. Lay ups should stay left of trees and bunkers lining the right side of the fairway. The green is protected by bunkers front right and back.
8th hole, par 4, 392 yds:
Dog-leg right. Long hitters can carry the trees on the corner while safe play is playing into the fairway right on the corner short of the fairway bunker on the left side. No green side bunkers on this hole.
9th hole, par 4, 284 yds:
Lots of sand guarding the green so know your distance or be very accurate if you're a long hitter. Short hitters have ample space to land their drive.
10th hole, par 5, 556 yds:
A straight hole with only two trees in the right side of the fairway to mess with your drive. No green side bunkers here but some sand around the base of the trees to the left and some small mounds surrounding the green.
11th hole, par 4, 401 yds:
Slight dog-leg left. No gain in trying to cut the corner. It's too far away and heavily wooded. You're much better off with playing safe into the fairway. No sand around this green.
12th hole, par 4, 372 yds:
Long hitter should be able to carry the tree in the middle of the fairway. There's plenty of room for landing your drive behind it. Bunker front left of the green which slopes from back to front.
13th hole, par 3, 173 yds:
A large shallow green guarded by a large bunker on the left and a small bunker on the right.
14th hole, par 4, 418 yds:
Stay on the left side of the fairway as a sink hole full of vegetation will block your view (and low shots) to the green which has bunkers left and right.
15th hole, par 4, 425 yds:
Not only is it long, it's also slightly uphill. However no sand will get in your way. Just make sure you clear the trees in front of the tee and you'll be okay.
16th hole, par 3, 173 yds:
Water, sand and trees on the left so if you have to miss this narrow green, go right.
17th hole, par 5, 503 yds:
Slight dog leg right. Longer hitters should resist the temptation of going over the trees on the corner on the right. The gain is minimal and a lake in front of the green will test the length of your 2nd shot. Play safe to the left side and lay up in ample space with your 2nd shot. There's sand right of and behind the green.
18th hole, par 4, 434 yds:
The drive goes over water and hopefully over the palm tree in the middle of the fairway. Then you'll have a somewhat free shot into a green just guarded by rough as a few single trees have found their way into the fairway.
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