Punta Cana (Corales) - Dominican Republic

Corales Golf Course,
PUNTACANA Resort & Club,
Punta Cana,
Higüey,
Dominican Republic


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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 half 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.

The resort has hosted the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship since 2016 when it was an event on the WEB.com Tour – in 2018 the tournament transitioned to the main PGA Tour.

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Description: The Tom Fazio-designed Corales Golf Course opened for play in April 2010. With six Oceanside holes and a dramatic 18th, it's already a high flyer in the Caribbean rankings. Rating: 8.1 out of 10 Reviews: 7
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Colin Braithwaite

Where to start? Ocean views and ocean holes are from a sensory perspective are hard to overcome. Corales, has these, but......

Yes, this is a very nice golf course, conditions are excellent, although their golf carts are probably five years old. this really surprised me as I played there the Tuesday before the PGA tournament? If you are struggling to hit fairways, this is the course for you. From a design perspective, I loved the two holes with multiple greens. They flip flop which green to go to depending upon the day. In my opinion, they are better holes when they respectively go left or right. Unfortunately, the way the course is laid out, the third is straight one day and left the next over a water hazard. The 15th is straight the next day but a better hole when it goes right. Wind is a constant and an equalizer. Regarding the ocean holes, the 8th is a thinking mans par four, the 9th a sphincter puckering par three, 17th a grip it, rip it an hope par three and the 18th is a how big is your appetite par four.

Perhaps my expectations where too high, but i left disappointed. Good but not great. I would certainly not pay to play there again.

March 19, 2022
6 / 10
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M. James Ward

Serving as a PGA TOUR site annually certainly helps generate extra visibility and when you add in the smartness of an architect like Tom Fazio you can be sure the visual dimension is certainly going to be enhanced with the Caribbean playing a lead role.

The juxtaposition of holes 7-9 and 16-18, as mentioned by a few others, is without question spectacular from the visual standpoint. You hear the waves crashing along the shoreline and the wind whipping around adds all the challenge one can muster.

Controlling one's ball flight is an absolute must -- especially when dealing with 3-4 club wind or even more. Being able to have a laser-like focus is also tested because it's easy to be over-stimulated by the off-course scenery and therefore lose your concentration on what's called upon.

The par-4 18th is a brilliant hole that seduces players in attempting the heroic play from the tee.

My main concern about Corales is that the interior holes are on a lesser level of importance and design heft when held against the others. They are not poor holes per se, but they are clearly less in terms of the strategic aspects that players are called upon to execute,

On a number of the fairways, you can easily land a C-5 cargo plane if needed and the width issue is good given the wind patterns at different times. However, the architecture does not call upon specific placement angles with such landing areas on quite a few of those holes.

From a conditioning aspect I wish there were more runout when balls land in the fairway. Carpet like conditions can often mean more of a softer cushion-like dimension which overly calls for clear reliance on an aerial game. However, that's an issue not uncommon to other courses in the Dominican Republic generally. The greens have a wonderful smoothness and speed but the overall sophistication in terms of internal movements and positioning provides a mixed outcome.

Corales is a visual treat for sure, but the heft of the architecture is akin to an on/off switch. I've played a healthy number of Fazio courses over the years, and I don't view Corales as being among the top 10 layouts of his that I have played, Part of that reason is that the upper echelon of Fazio courses is highly competitive.

The DR is a fantastic place to be when much of the USA is winter bound. The depth of the courses has certainly expanded since my first visit back in 1994 when I played Teeth of the Dog then.

It's hard to not give the course a 5 rating but given what I have played from the Fazio portfolio the bar for that kind of recognition is rightly high. Corales provides a mixed bag and for that reason I have to hold off with 4.5. For many who do go there the intersection of land and water will be more than enough to score higher. I can understand the temptation to do that but for me the totality of the architecture must account for all 18 holes -- not just the select ones of note.

March 17, 2022
7 / 10
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Cédric
What a great golf course. On arrival, it made me remember of the Palm Beach Trump course, the Fazio family seems to have a signature in their design. The condition is really outstanding, traffic is very light. The location is stunning. Yes, it's quite wide and losing a ball sideways is quite tough, but the ever present breeze makes up for the difficulty. I think it's at least as good as Teeth of the Dog. Cédric
March 08, 2014
8 / 10
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Kevin Henley
WOW - AGAIN.... Having decided to come to Dom Rep last year Casa de Campo blew my mind but this year decided to also try the others in the south east corner that holds THREE of the TOP FOUR courses in the WHOLE CARIBBEAN !!! Quite and amazing little corner of golfing heaven....anyway Corales did NOT disappoint in the slightest.... As you arrive at the course you look at the slick greens (!!) and wonder why they have tee blocks on them !!!!!! The you see the greens ...wow. This was day before yesterday so January but it was absolutely immaculate. Great variety of tees and holes layouts, two holes with a choice of greens. Also quite amazing how different the Oceanside just a mile along from La Cana is here at Corales. Only the warm sun betrays a very rugged Scottish looking rocky Coastal route which does have wind as strong as Carnoustie (and I got in to the Tassie again .... Yippee ) The Devils Elbow - last 3 - was somewhat traumatic, strong wind more sea and rock than fairway AND even a mist spray blowing across 17th green which although nice on red skin also catches you out as the green is wet and slower but still dead dead true. The 18th is a bit Kingsbarns or Castle course but that is a compliment as they are spectacular finishes and this is better - sorry KB, you are still my favourite UK 18 !!! Finally the inland holes are amazing modern creations and Mr Fazio has hit my radar with a bang here - again hope to make it back
January 15, 2014
10 / 10
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jbox
I visited Corales May 2012. The $300+ green fee was tough to swallow (I didn't pay that much to play Muirfield, Turnberry, Whistling Straits, etc.) I chose it because of the views shown on the web sites. The 4 holes on the ocean didn't disappoint; it's very Hawaii like with ocean spray, rocky coast line. The conditioning there is immaculate from tee to green, especially the fairways. The inland holes are fairly unremarkable, and unfortunately that is 14 holes. The second most memorable thing after the ocean holes is the fairways---the size of them. Captain Kirk could land the Enterprise there, then do donuts, and not come close to touching any trouble. Imagine a wide driving range, and you might be close. A few wild tee shots I hit resulted in my caddy saying, "Don't worry about it, it's okay." I can't imagine Tom Fazio designing a course like this on his own; it must have something to do with resort style golf required by the owners. Is it worth the price? After playing Punta Espada for half the price the next day, I would rather play Espada twice!
May 30, 2012
6 / 10
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Andrew Wilkinson
The resort website states that "Corales will be played by a handful of people each day". This basically means that the course is in near perfect condition! The obvious stand out holes are 7-9 and 16-18 when the sea comes into view or play! Corales Golf Course - Photo by reviewerBut this course has so much more to offer there are actually 20 greens and an alternative tee position for the 17th which switches the hole around so the tee shot is either parallel to the sea or straight towards it. The course however offers much more than the "sea" holes numbers 3 (two greens),4,5,11 (265yrd par 3!),12,13,14 and 15 (two greens) are all great holes. The choice of 5 different tee positions also makes the course enjoyable for all. The fairways have plenty of width however well placed bunkers and relatively small greens (compared with other new courses i've played) make the course very challenging. On the same break I also played Punta Espada from a golfing perspective (Punta Espada has the Wow factor) I would find it hard to choose the better course! Getting onto the course was not as difficult as the Punta Cana website makes out, trips that include taxi's to and from all hotels are easily available. If you go to the Dominican Republic I recommend you play Corales!
August 14, 2011
10 / 10
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Jeffry
November 21, 2011
Corales is an exclusive private course in the PUNTACANA Resort in the Dominican Republic. A Tom Fazio design with seven holes along the impossibly blue waters of the Caribbean, its conditioning rivals the best golf courses in the world.
Javier Pintos
This course is called to be top 20 in the World. I couldn't play it but walked it all and let me tell you something: Tom Fazio did something you will not forget, specially holes 8-9 and 16-18. The sea views will make you forget for a while you are golfing, but when you finish the round you want to play it again. Tee shot on 18th is the tee shot a really brave golfer would look for.
February 02, 2011
10 / 10
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