Guavaberry Resort and Country Club
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Name: Bo (DR1)  Handicap: 12  Review Date: November 16th 2006  Tee Time: 10:00
General:
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 only guinea grass and dense vegetation left and finding a ball there is almost impossible much less playing it from there if you should find it.

During the round we saw only three other groups. Go early on week days and you may have the place to yourself.

Practicing facilities are all placed next to each other and looks great. I did miss some distance info on the range.
Course layout:
A Gary Player signature course. Not much change in elevation but that was expected from the landscape the course is set in.

The course has good variation in style of holes. On some you can really grip it and rip it while on others you have to place your tee shot carefully to make the most of it.

The vegetation is more or less the same all around.

It's a nice layout which should appeal to all golfers and with 5 different sets of tees you should be able to get the challenge you're looking for.
Maintenance:
Bermuda grass all over although some patches of paspalum are visible on greens in particular. The problem should be solved when the second course opens. Tees and fairways are in good shape. Greens are in great shape and putts true. Sand in bunkers varied in density throughout the course. The signature hole (13) looks worn. The water level in the lake was very low exposing pipes, the waterfall wasn't running and the fake rock stands out against the natural rock.
Service:
Professional and attentive staff in pro shop, reception and caddy shack. Nice, clean bathrooms. We didn't use the club house changing facilities.
Price:
1200 pesos per golfer with a FEDO-golf card, 120 pesos for a bucket of range balls. Caddie tip as you seem fair.
19th hole:
Beautiful indoor restaurant with A/C. Terrace bar/restaurant in nice surroundings adjacent to recreational area with pool and lounge chairs. Attentive staff and a good selection on the menu however only Presidente and Miller beer available.
Value for money rating:
Guavaberry is a well kept golf course except for that minor glitch on 13 and I won’t hesitate to recommend it to any golfer and it isn't that expensive either. It may be too little with only one course for the golfing tourist staying in Juan Dolio for two weeks. But a second course is under construction by Gary Player as well and Metro Country Club is located across the street, so it looks promising for the tourist golfer.

The course lacks that specific hole where you say "Wow!" but it's still great value for your money.
Hole Descriptions & Photos:
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1st hole, par 4, 379 yds:
A nice opening hole with a group a palm trees guarding the short left hand side of the fairway and another group guarding the right side further down. The hole is straight forward; a bunker will catch any short approaches to the right side of the green.
2nd hole, par 4, 415 yds:
Toughest hole on the course. A slightly narrower fairway than the 1st with a fairway bunker cutting into the left and the right side of the fairway. A lake to the left of the tee does not come into play. Straight forward to a narrow tiered green with bunkers on each side.
3rd hole, par 5, 504 yds:
A wide landing area before the fairway narrows in with palm trees on the right and a lake on the left. A long bunker guards the edge of the lake and the front of the green. A lay-up on the right side of the fairway gives the easier route to the middle of the green.
4th hole, par 3, 152 yds:
Fly the sand in front of the tee and there's a small landing strip for any short miss-hits. The green is rather large.
5th hole, par 4, 323 yds:
Slight dog leg right. A waste bunker stretches a long way down the right side but should be carried by longer hitters. When the waste bunker on the right ends another starts on the left side which make placement key. The green is guarded by a bunker in front.
6th hole, par 4, 419 yds:
Slight dog leg left. Only longer hitters should try to cut the corner over the bunker along the left side. From the middle of the fairway it goes slightly downhill to a narrow green guarded by a large tree and a bunker on the right.
7th hole, par 3, 130 yds:
A large deep bunker guards the entire left side of a narrow green. If you must miss the green, miss right.
8th hole, par 5, 536 yds:
The landing area before the cart path cuts across the fairway is wide enough to catch most drives. The 2nd shot should be played down the left side of the fairway for shorter hitters while the long hitters can carry the large fairway bunker guarding the middle and right side of the fairway. A bunker guards the front of the green.
9th hole, par 4, 372 yds:
The wide fairway should be reachable for most. The small fairway bunker right in the middle has a high back edge which blocks your view to the green. A bunker guards the left side of the green.
10th hole, par 5, 480 yds:
Several bunkers are spread down the left hand side while villa gardens are found down the right hand side just across the cart path. Longer hitters will be able to run their 2nd shot all the way to the green as only the left side is guarded by a bunker.
11th hole, par 4, 381 yds:
Longer hitters should try and carry the bunkers on the left of the fairway this will give the best angle into the green. A safer play would be choosing the right side but then a bunker guarding the front of the green will catch any short approaches. The green has a big mound in the middle.
12th hole, par 4, 355 yds:
Slight dog leg right. A waste bunker guards most of the right side and a fairly deep bunker guards the front of the green.
13th hole, par 3, 114 yds to the right green/ 117 yds to the left:
The signature hole. Two rather small greens to choose from for the green keeper to put the flag with the left being the tougher to hit. There's a man made lake with a waterfall in front of the greens so make sure you fly your shot all the way.
14th hole, par 4, 309 yds:
Easiest hole on the course. Plenty of space to land your tee shot which doesn't have to be very long either. The green is guarded by a bunker in front.
15th hole, par 3, 114 yds:
Here's what you should do: Hit the green! It's an island only accessible via a bridge. Fortunately the green is rather large.
16th hole, par 4, 355 yds:
Slight dog leg right. Long hitters can carry the bunker on the right but the landing area is still limited by bunkers. Short and left of the bunker on the right should be the safe play. The green is not guarded by any bunkers so a slightly longer approach will not be too severely punished if off line.
17th hole, par 5, 520 yds:
Slight dog leg right. Longer hitters should resist the temptation of cutting the corner on the right. The landing area will get rather narrow with bunkers guarding the left side of the fairway. Safe play would be driving left of or over the fairway bunker on the right. The fairway gets narrower as you approach the green which is guarded by a small bunker in the front right side.
18th hole, par 4, 390 yds:
The first two bunkers left and right shouldn't cause trouble while the third bunker on the right side will catch more balls. Which is good, otherwise they might run into a rocky area from which there's no return. Stay left on the fairway off the tee and you'll furthermore have the best angle into the green which is guarded by a small deep bunker in front.
 
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