Teeth of the Dog, Casa de Campo
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Name: Bo (DR1)  Handicap: 12  Review Date: November 22nd 2006  Tee Time: 13:30
General:
Greens and tees have been redone with Paspalum grass this summer and look and play fantastic.
Fairways and rough is still Bermuda grass. The 1st cut of rough can really grab your ball and it's no easy shot whatsoever from there.

Tourist season will determine how crowded the course is.

Practicing facilities are all placed next to each other and looks great. I did miss some distance info on the range.
Course layout:
A Pete Dye design. Not much change in elevation but some greens have been elevated. 8 holes running along the coast gives your spectacular views.

Think again before bombing your driver, on most holes placement is more valuable than distance. The greens roll true but many humps make it a great challenge. Sand in bunkers is as uniform throughout the course as it gets.

No wonder they call themselves the premier golf destination in the Caribbean. I haven't played everywhere but this is probably as good as it gets. The course has been on Golf Magazines top 100 golf courses for 30 years.
Maintenance:
Bermuda grass in fairways and rough. Paspalum on greens and tees. A very well manicured course. Hardly any spots with ground under repair. Even a heavy shower during round was drained so fast that no time was lost playing and it didn't affect the roll on the green that much.
Service:
Professional and attentive staff in pro shop, reception and caddy shack. Nice, clean bathrooms. We didn't use the club house changing facilities. The water supplied from the canteens on the course tasted like water out of a swimming pool. Sales carts roam the grounds so you can buy something that tastes better.
Price:
Not a huge discount for us that holds a FEDO-golf card. 165 pesos for a bucket of range balls. Caddie tip as advised by the pro shop staff, there's 3 types of caddies: Gold/A/B. Come as a tourist on a golf package and you'll save $$$.
19th hole:
Terrace bar/restaurant in nice surroundings next the 9th green. 150 pesos for a can of Bohemia beer is steep. I didn't check the menu. Again; come as a tourist on an all-inclusive package and it will seem more reasonable.
Value for money rating:

- if you come in from the street
- if you're on a golf package

Teeth of the Dog is as well kept a golf course as any. It's expensive (too expensive) if you're a green fee golfer coming for one round only. I'd advise any who plays golf in the DR to try it if possible. It's really a great experience with the views, the layout and well kept grounds.
Hole Descriptions & Photos:
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1st hole, par 4, 327 yds:
A nice looking opening hole with a wide fairway and only bunkers to the right. Safe play would be left side of the fairway which also gives a better angle into the green. A bunker guards the front right of the green.
3rd hole, par 5, 422 yds:
A wide landing area before the fairway bunker on the left which longer hitters may be able to carry and have a good chance of reaching the elevated L-shaped green. A large bunker guards the right side of the fairway.
4th hole, par 4, 328 yds:
Dog-leg right with bunkers left and right. Safe play is short of the dog-leg, this will give the best angle into a narrow green with a deep bunker on the right.
5th hole, par 3, 122 yds:
Shortest par 3 right on the course right next to the ocean. The tee shot must carry the water all the way to the green which is surrounded be a small strip of sand and rocks to keep the waves at bay. 2 pot bunkers to the right of the green.
6th hole, par 4, 377 yds:
The tee shot must carry some rough and sand to get into the fairway from an angle. Players should judge their length of the tee carefully to get the most of this tee shot as sand guards both sides of the fairway. The rather large green is guarded by a bunker in the front left.
8th hole, par 4, 329 yds:
Looks somewhat like no. 6 with a tee shot to be angled onto the fairway. However the green is now located next to the ocean so you don't want to go left or long on your approach.
9th hole, par 5, 506 yds:
The wide fairway should be reachable for most. Longer hitters may try to cut the corner and go over the bunker on the left. But there's still a long way to the green which is elevated and guarded by deep pot bunkers in front. Ample space to lay up around the 100 yard marker. The 19th hole is located close behind the green.
11th hole, par 5, 525 yds:
Two large bunkers dominate this fairway. Longer hitters could try and carry the bunker on the left side of the fairway, just make sure you go over the big tree inside the bunker as well. Further the large bunker on the right side of the fairway stretches all the way to green. The green has numerous mounds around the edges so go for the middle.
13th hole, par 3, 143 yds:
An island green in a sea of sand. The green is rather large but a big tree on the left could be trouble as well as the compact sand around the green.
14th hole, par 5, 488 yds:
Sand and lake all the way down the right hand side makes the left side your best choice. The fairway turns right, narrows in and a lot of bunkers come into play around the natural lay up distance. Should you decide to go for the green in two pay sharp attention to the large trees, the lake, and the bunkers. The green doesn't seem that big either.
15th hole, par 4, 324 yds:
A long waste bunker runs along the ocean to the right. Three bunkers on the left side of the fairway leave only the middle of the fairway in play. Tough approach to a green located close to the ocean. It's a large target though.
16th hole, par 3, 151 yds:
The signature hole "Teeth of the Dog". Another par 3 right on the ocean. Deep bunkers in front of the L-shaped green may catch the short ones that didn't fall into the ocean. Numerous bunkers behind the green.
18th hole, par 4, 378 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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