The Tom Fazio-designed Corales Golf Course at the exclusive Punta Cana Resort and Club opened for play in April 2010. With six Oceanside holes and a dramatic 18th, it's already a high flyer in the Caribbean rankings.
Set out on cliff tops next to Punta Cana airport, a mile to the north east of the Punta Cana (La Cana) course, the Corales layout is a private layout that permits a certain amount of play by resort guests.
Most of the fairways are routed around a residential development that sits a little way back from the coastline with the final couple of holes on each nine cleverly positioned adjacent to the deep blue waters of the Caribbean.
Water only comes into play once on the front nine at the 390-yard 3rd but there are plenty of other hazards in the shape of huge waste bunkers to keep concentration levels high. The outward concludes with a stunning 173-yard par three, where the green sits in a rather exposed position atop a rocky headland.The back nine ends in similar dramatic fashion as the 214-yard 17th plays along the edge of the cliffs before the breath taking 448-yard 18th then dog legs sharply right around the Bay of Corales to the home green – all in all, a totally exhilarating way to end a round on a truly remarkable course.
March 08, 2014