Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog) - Dominican Republic

Casa de Campo,
La Romana,
Dominican Republic


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  • 50 miles SE of Las Americas International Airport

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  • Gilles Gagnon

  • Pete Dye

  • Robert Birtel


They say that Casa de Campo is the “Caribbean’s most complete resort” and frankly we couldn’t disagree. With three stunning Pete Dye designed courses, water sports, shooting, tennis and even polo – on horses as well as in the water – there’s more than enough going on here to keep everyone happy. But there’s one thing at Casa de Campo with a bark as well as a bite and that’s Dye’s Teeth of the Dog.

Over a period of two years, Pete Dye, his wife Alice (also an architect) and some 300 local helpers transformed, virtually by hand, an overgrown rocky wasteland, which is set alongside the coral coastline of the Dominican Republic, into one of the most exhilarating golf courses in the world. Teeth of the Dog opened for play in 1971 and, being modest, and not wishing to take all the credit, Dye quickly pointed out that the course was fashioned “by the ‘man upstairs’. I created eleven holes and God created seven!"

The seven holes, which the Almighty created, hug the shoreline and they are certainly inspiring and memorable. When the fickle breeze blows off the Caribbean Sea you will be guaranteed a challenge. After the renovation work in 2005, Teeth of the Dog now measures a whopping 7,350-yards from the tips, so you are well advised to select your tee box most carefully. “Now accepting challengers” as they say.

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Description: There’s one golf course at Casa de Campo with a bark as well as a bite and it’s Pete Dye’s Teeth of the Dog. Rating: 5.3333333333333 out of 6

Many holes in the world are right near or above the water. What makes Casa de Campo unique is that Pete Dye designed holes where you are right at sea level. At Pebble Beach or Turnberry for example, you are up above the water. As you stand on a couple of holes along the sea, water is crashing immediately behind you, to the side of you and ahead of you directly on the same level you are standing. I liked the seventh hole the best. It is a 188-yard par three with both the tee and green set in the water.

The course routing makes maximum use of the location; the first four are inland, five through eight are along the water. After playing along the water, holes 9-14 go back inland and are decent if not great holes. You again hug the ocean on holes 15 through 17 and 18 is an uphill hole away from the water. I would say that Dye has done a good job with an imaginative routing and some really great water holes. The course does have features typical of a Pete Dye design such as waste bunkers and elevated greens.

John Sabino is the author of How to Play the World’s Most Exclusive Golf Clubs

November 25, 2016


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I’ve been in the golf business for over 25 years now. Over that time I have enjoyed reading the many acclaims from my colleges and drooled over their breathtaking pictures of the Casa de Campo Resort. You see their “Teeth of the Dog” is consistently ranked as the best course in Latin America and has proudly been showcased in the Top 50 Golf Courses in the World by many publications since its inception over four decades ago. It has always been on my bucket list and this past spring I got a chance to live the dream. I was up bright and early in anticipation of finally getting to tame the famed “Teeth of the Dog”. There is an amazing full length practise facility along with the Jim McLean Golf School so make sure you warm up or take a lesson before tackling this beast. Before we headed out we were warmly greeted by Ian, our very knowledgeable and personable caddy who helped us immensely with our club selection and direction. The first two holes Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog) Golf Course - Photo by reviewerare inland so I got to ease my way into the game and get rid of the butterflies that were fluttering in my stomach. However once I got to the third and fourth holes the course starts to “wag her tail” as the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea come into view. For the first time I had a clear vantage point to what is in store for me and the true reason why I always wanted to come here. For the next four holes I was in shear heaven as the “Dog” really shows off her teeth. Each hole perilously hugs the ironstone shoreline offering dramatic scenery and intimating shot making. Any of these holes could be signature holes anywhere else so make sure you have your camera ready. Holes 9 through 14 are all inland holes that are very well designed but somehow pale in comparison to the ocean. Dye was very generous with his fairways off the tee allowing you room to spray the ball. However your approach shots here are paramount as there are deep swales around all the greens will leave you with very tough up-and-downs. The greens are in perfect condition but very irregular in shape making them even more difficult to hit. Once I got to 15, 16 and 17 we were back along the ocean. Like a great buffet I gladly welcomed a second serving of the most delicious views you will find anywhere. Even though the topography is relatively flat the conditioning is pristine and boasts as being only course in the world to have seven holes directly on the ocean. As Pete Dye humbly said himself “I created eleven holes and God created seven!" Dave Finn is our Canadian Correspondent. To read more about golf in the Dominican Republic visit http://golftravelandleisure.com/category/mexico-carribean/dominican-republic-mexico-carribean/
November 04, 2015


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Overall, a disappointment. 52nd in the world? I don't think so...Not even nr.1 in the DR in my opinion. Punta Espada is head and shoulders above it. Yes the 7 costal holes are outstanding. But the 11 others are vastly average. Played 4 days ago and can't even recall half of these 11 holes. Corales in Punta Cana might even have the edge. The problem with courses in that part of the world is that non-costal holes always have to compete with costal holes. And that's easier done on the world class courses on the north sea than on the turquoise waters of the Caribbean sea! Cedric
March 08, 2014


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Played Teeth of the Dog on March 20th from the gold tees at about 7,077 yards. This was my favorite course at Casa de Campo and was the most challenging and scenic of the three. Teeth has 5 sets of tees that range from 4,906 to 7,471 yards. Another course that can be played by all abilities from the appropriate tees. The driving range, putting green, practice green, and practice bunkers were all excellent and a great place to practice before and after a round. This is the only course that required a caddy and my caddy Sambo was a great help in reading the greens. The greens rolled true, the fairways were firm, the course was manicured superbly, and overall this 42 year old masterpiece of Pete Dye was in excellent shape. Teeth is certainly deserving of its high ranking in the world. Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog) Golf Course - Photo by reviewerFor this review will use the distances from the gold tees for individual holes.

The round begins with a relatively easy 393 yard par 4 and a nice hole to start the round. The second is a slight dogleg left 384 yard par 4 with a bunker down the entire left side of the fairway that has large rocks on the right side of the bunker and is not a place to go. The third is a straightaway 498 yard par 5 that is very generous off the tee with a small elevated green that can be challenging to judge the distance. Fabulous views of the Caribbean start here. The fourth is a downhill slight dogleg right 443 yard par 4 that plays shorter than the yardage. The green is protected by bunkers with the right side having a steep slope that must be avoided. The fifth is the first of 4 holes that play along the Caribbean Sea on the left. The fifth is a 157 yard par 3 over the Caribbean and one of the most scenic holes anywhere. Accuracy is certainly a requirement here. The sixth is a 474 yard par 4 that ranks as the number one handicap hole on the course and is certainly a great hole. The seventh is a 224 yard par 3 that I believe is the most difficult par 3 on the course and again have to hit over the Caribbean on the tee shot. Another scenic, great hole. The eighth is a 414 yard par 4 that was my most difficult to play and another great hole along the Caribbean. The closing hole on the front nine is a 545 yard par 5 that was fairly generous on the tee shot and second shot. The green is slightly elevated and a birdie opportunity awaits on this hole.

The back nine starts out with a slight dogleg left 396 yard par 4 that is protected by a large bunker down the entire left side of the fairway on the tee shot. Keeping to the right side of the fairway is essential as it is the best angle for the approach shot. The eleventh is a 575 yard par 5 with a bunker again down the left side and keeping to the right side of the fairway is the best line.Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer This is a true 3 shot par 5 and the second is protected by a bunker down the right. A birdie hole with well struck and placed shots. The twelfth is a solid 451 yard par 4 with a tee shot that should be kept down the right side. The green is protected by a large tree left and short of the green and is protected by bunkers right of the green. The thirteenth is a 180 yard par 3 that is entirely surrounded by a large bunker with a large tree just left of the green. The green is slightly elevated and is a nice, solid par 3 hole and enjoyable to play. The fourteenth is a 497 yard par 5 that starts back in the direction of The Caribbean. A good tee shot can lead to going for the green in 2 but it must carry over a lake. For those not attempting to reach the green in 2 there is room left and short of the green. The next 3 holes again play along the Caribbean on the right side this time and all are great holes. The fifteenth is a 374 yard par 4 that should be kept down the left side of the fairway. The second shot is one of the nicest on the course as the green is on the edge of the Caribbean. The sixteenth is a 194 yard par 3 that is just another excellent hole with a carry over the Caribbean required on the tee shot. The seventeenth is a 433 yard par 4 that may be the most difficult on the course. Just hit a nice tee shot down the left side and will be fine and again the green is protected on the right side by the Caribbean. Another great hole of many on this course. The eighteenth is a 445 yard par 4 that is a slight dogleg to the left. Keep the drive down the right side of the fairway and will have a nice second shot to the green. To the left and short of the green is a pond that attracts errant shots.

Overall an excellent golf course, superbly manicured, and an excellent test. Here is a link to a video slideshow I created for Teeth of the Dog. Jim Brady
April 04, 2013


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The thought of being in the Caribbean in the month of February warmed up my shivering northern bones. It was time to hang up the skis and remember the feeling of a grip in my hands. The bags were packed and the clubs were still talking to me after weeks of winter neglect. I recall having to walk around a snow bank just to get into our very early morning taxi to the airport and our adventure to Casa de Campo was finally underway… Click here to read Fergal’s full report on the Teeth of the Dog.
March 14, 2013


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WOW - the pictures looked stunning and the course exceeds your expectations when you get there.Not a bad hole on the course, the course is well presented, wide choice of tees, and the seven holes along the Caribbean in particular are simply stunnning.Strarted off playing quite well but eventually the sheer beauty of the course the views the adjacent properties take over and your concentration on swinging is stretched to in my case its limits and beyond.Number one course in the Caribbean and justifiably so.
January 27, 2013


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Teeth of the Dog is a beautiful golf course and a pleasure to play from the right tee. As a senior, I would suggest one of the up tees for enjoyment. From the back tee, the course is overwhelming but in it's full glory.
January 20, 2011


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The reviewer on his way to a decent scoreI lived in DR for 2 years and played this course 5-6 times and only last time could score decently (75 from the tips). The course is very nice, the 7 ocean holes are unique, specially 8 and 17, very long and tough par 4s. The inland holes are average, but in one piece the course is worth to play it more than once. They switched greens grass from bermuda to supreme paspalum and they are very well kept. My favourite shot is driver on 6th, a 500 yard par 4 which is one of the 5 best holes on the island. If you go there, don´t miss Dye Fore as well, 7714yds from the tips.
December 22, 2009


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Played this course last week. Awesome is the only word that can describe it. The 7 holes that skirt the ocean are by far the best on the course but there are no weak holes on this beast. Played it off the back pegs and although not overly long by modern standards at 7000 yds it plays a lot longer. Holes to look out for are the 5th and 7th which are probably two of the most photographed par 3s in the world, and the 15th which is a fantastic par 4.If you ever find yourself in the Dominican Republic you must stop off and play here. It is too good to miss and is regularly voted as being the best course in the Carribean!
August 30, 2008


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