Cap Cana (Punta Espada)

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Cap Cana, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, 23000,
Jack Nicklaus, 2006

Hollywood never conjured bluer lagoons than those that come in play on this Nicklaus Signature Design, a former stop on the Tour’s senior circuit. Nearly half the holes skirt the island shoreline. Others run atop alabaster cliffs. With emerald fairways spilling into white sand wastes, which in turn give way to turquoise waters, the layout has the look of a tropical postcard. But the pretty picture can be plenty penal. Take the 13th hole, a 250-yard par-3 that requires an Evel Knievel carry over an ocean inlet, with waves frothing against the cliffs below. Max fee: $395 (Photo: Courtesy Cap Cana)