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How to Play Tom Fazio’s New, Private Course in the Dominican Republic

by Craig Better

Apr202010

Officially private, for now anyone can play the Corales Course on their Dominican Republic golf vacations.

Officially private, for now anyone can play Puntacana Resort & Club's Corales Course on their Dominican Republic golf vacations (Photo by Evan Schiller).

There’s a pretty simple reason why Dominican Republic Golf Vacations are quickly becoming the best golf getaways in the Caribbean: they keep opening fantastic courses there.

One of them is Tom Fazio’s long-awaited Corales Course at Puntacana Resort & Club, which officially opened over the weekend  (it unofficially opened six months ago).

If you believe what’s written in the mainstream media and on Puntacana Resort’s website, only members and a limited number of resort guests are able to play this private, oceanside beauty.

We know differently, and here’s how you can play it: 

First, you can contact the Puntacana Resort directly (puntacana.com; 888-442-2262) and play Corales as part of a two-round package along with the resort’s other course, La Cana.

Right there on the La Cana Course page it clearly shows rates for “external players,” and a Corales-and-La Cana package for $440. If you’re a resort guest, the price drops to $375.

If you want to play Corales by itself on you Dominican Republic golf vacation (this you will not find on Puntacana’s website), the resort charges $300 for guests and $380 for others, plus a $25 mandatory forecaddie fee.

Another option, which may be particularly helpful if you need transportation, is to contact a Punta Cana-based company called Group Palmera (palmeragroup.com; 809-552-9998).

Proprietor Anders Bogebjerg has access to preferred tee times at Corales and will provide round-trip transportation, all for $385.

Have you played Corales on a Dominican Republic golf vacation? Share you comments below.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Latham Williams April 22, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Played Corales today as part of a four day, three round golf package at Puntacana Resort. The course is beautiful and very well managed. The 17th and 18th holes are the highlights – the other 16 are all good holes but not truly memorable without the ocean influence. We’ve played six different courses over the past 10 days here so the DR is a great golf destination. All four of us (two golfing couples all with indexes between 4 and 6) agree that our favorites in order have been: Teeth of the Dog (7 truly great holes right along the water), Punta Espada (memorable surf crashing against the side of at least 5 holes), Dye Fore (especially the back nine – amazing), Corales, Roko Ki (3 great finishing holes), and La Cana (PB Dye layout, the original course and Puntacana, nothing memorable). Best to come Nov – Feb, April is a bit too warm.

2 punta cana golf July 10, 2010 at 2:42 pm

The new Corales course is an outstanding addition to the burgeoning golf scene in Punta Cana. There are now more than 12 courses available in Punta Cana, more than anywhere in the Caribbean.

With so many courses available it is hard to choose, but you can’t go wrong playing the La Cana/Corales package that you discovered. Both are beautiful sea-side courses which make for a memorable round of golf.

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