Playa Grande Golf course Review - Dominican Republic

Playa Grande Golf Course
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Name: Bo (DR1)  Handicap: 12  Review Date: August 21st 2007  Tee Time: 10:30
Fairways are surrounded by a 1st cut of rough from which the ball is easily played. Beyond the 1st cut you meet the ocean to the north and tropical forest to the south.

Driving range and putting green next to the first tee looks great.
Course layout:
A Robert Trent Jones Sr. course. Some change in elevation but there's seldom a bad lie with the ball above or below your feet.

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 throughout the course. Flowers beds are giving a nice touch to the inland holes. It's a beautiful layout which should appeal to all golfers and even non golfers. The views are spectacular.
Bermuda grass all over. Tees and greens are in great shape although some greens were being maintained. They'll be fine soon. Fairways look good although you might catch a bad lie here and there.

Sand in bunkers was packed due to heavy rain the previous two days and a few bunkers on the back 9 even looked eroded.
Professional and attentive staff in pro shop, reception and caddy shack. Nice, clean bathrooms. We didn't use the club house changing facilities. Free cold drinking water is supplied on holes 3, 7, 11 and 16.
US$105 / 18 holes in the off season, range balls included. US$47 on your FEDO golf card. Caddie tip as you seem fair. Cart US$29 / 18 holes.
19th hole:
Terrace bar/restaurant in nice surroundings with a view to the 9th and 18th green and the sea.
Just sandwiches and chicken chicharrones available.
Value for money rating:
Playa Grande is a very well kept golf course and a fantastic layout. And it plays cheaper than any of the other 5 star courses in the country. Don't hesitate to play this course. The word is out that the place may go private in the near future. The course has several "Wow!" holes. The mountains serve as a nice backdrop on the inward holes. Even if your game is having an off-day you'll enjoy this course.
Hole Descriptions & Photos:
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1st hole, par 4, 345 yds:
A wide fairway without too much trouble until you're within 100 yards of the green. The green is positioned to the right at the end of the fairway and is very narrow in the front. It is guarded by bunkers left and right.
2nd hole, par 4, 368 yds:
Drive towards an opening between two trees positioned on either side of the fairway and the fairway bunker on the right won't come into play. From the opening it goes down towards the narrow front end of a double green which is shared with the 6th. Large bunkers left and right of the green.
3rd hole, par 3, 210 yds:
First hole along the sea. Keep your focus, the green is very large and there's a huge difference whether the flag is placed back left or on the front.
Small bunkers left and right.
4th hole, par 5, 493 yds:
Dogleg right along the coast. Ample space to land the drive short of one of the bunkers on the left side of the fairway which narrows closer to the green.
The green sits on the cliff's edge and has sand front right and back left.
5th hole, par 4, 394 yds:
Slight dog leg left. Left side of the fairway is lined by flower beds and a large bunker. Lots of sand around and short of this large two tiered green.
6th hole, par 5, 511 yds:
Play right of a large fairway bunker on the left. As the fairway approaches the green more bunkers appear on either side of the fairway and in front of, to left and right of the other end of the double green mentioned on the 2nd hole.
7th hole, par 3, 171 yds:
The tee shot has to carry the ocean to a green sloping from back to front. There's sand in front and to the right of the green.
8th hole, par 4, 360 yds:
The ocean is in play along the left side of the fairway while two large bunkers loom to the right. There's a deep bunker in front of the green which is sitting on the cliff's edge. From the fairway the green looks much smaller than it actually is.
9th hole, par 4, 371 yds:
Slight dogleg left again with the sea in play on the left side. No bunkers until you get to the green where you'll find them left and right of the back to front sloping green.
10th hole, par 4, 344 yds:
Slight dogleg left. Fairway bunkers on the left. The second shot is uphill to a green guarded by bunkers front left and front right.
11th hole, par 3, 171 yds:
No water in play on this par 3. Bunkers in front of and to the left of this back to front sloping green.
12th hole,par 5, 440 yds:
Dogleg left. Intimidating drive over a cove away from the hole. Once on the fairway it goes uphill to a green protected by bunkers front left and front right.
13th hole, par 4, 364 yds:
Dogleg right. The sea runs along the entire left side on this hole. Bunkers on the corner so play down the left side if you're short off the tee. Bunkers left and right of the elevated green.
14th hole, par 3, 158 yds:
Playa Grande beach is in play below this hole. The tee shot should carry all the way although there's a run off area short right of the green. Bunkers left of and behind the green.
15th hole, par 5, 555 yds:
No hazards come into play before 100 yards short of the green but when you get there there's plenty. Large fairway bunkers in the middle of the fairway and greenside bunker in front of and moguls behind the shallow right to left sloping green.
16th hole, par 4, 341 yds:
Slight dogleg right. The drive must go down through an alley of palm trees before the approach is played uphill to a green guarded by bunkers front left.
17th hole, par 3, 188 yds:
The enormous green is placed on a small peninsula. There's ocean left, back and right and sand front left and front right.
18th hole, par 5, 556 yds:
Double dogleg. Bunkers on the left side of the fairway. A cove should be negotiated on the second shot, lay up on the fairway left of the cove or go for the green over the cove if you're feeling very lucky. If it helps you feel lucky, there are no green side bunkers. From the lay up area it's uphill to the large green.
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