Casa De Campo (Teeth of the Dog)

The par-3 fifth hole at Teeth of the Dog
Higüey Hwy, La Romana, Dominican Republic, 22000,
Pete Dye, 1971

Founder Alvaro Carta deserves credit for hiring Pete Dye in 1970 to build this centerpiece attraction for his retreat and then allowing him to have nearly three miles of coastline with which to work. The construction process was slow going as jungle brush needed to be beat back with machetes. Machinery was prohibitively expensive to import, so 300 Dominicans assisted. Ultimately, Dye found a way to place eight holes along the shoreline, three of which are par-3s that from the back tees require heart-pounding shots over the azure water; the fourth par-3 (No. 13) was Dye’s first island hole with its built-up green pad surrounded by a sea of sand. This low-profile course has aged gracefully and remains in the conversation for Dye’s best work. (Photo: Patrick Koenig)