Paul Burke Dye, youngest son of Pete and Alice Dye, designed the 18-hole layout at La Estancia Golf Resort and it opened for play in 2008, some thirty-seven years after his father’s celebrated Teeth of the Dog course was unveiled at the nearby Casa de Campo resort.
Set within a residential estate on an undulating landscape near the Chavón River and the beautiful Tanamá ravine, the fairways are routed around a number of canyons and gullies and it’s safe to say that a fair amount of soil was shifted in order to form many of the playing corridors on such difficult terrain.The short par three 5th is a standout hole on the front nine, playing downhill to a raised green that’s perched on the edge of a gorge. Water comes into play at the last two holes on the card; at the 17th, a pond fronts the front right hand side of the putting surface and a small lake runs down the left side of the fairway from tee to green on the home hole.
There are some quite superb holes at La Estancia ,maybe 8 or 9 ,about three ordinary holes and the rest very close to excellent .The course has matured very well with excellent fairways and good but rather slow broad grass greens. Bunkers are maintained in first class conditions and the many thousands of palms have all grown very well but do not intrude into the game . I would tighten the par 5 16th up much more but the driving is exciting on most holes. They have an excellent Dominican female course superintendent who has done a great job and in my opinion it is now easily the second best course in the la Romana area behind the Teeth and by far the best value.