Casa De Campo (Teeth of the Dog)

Casa de Campo (Teeth of the Dog)
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Casa De Campo (Teeth of the Dog)

  • Course Type

  • GOLF Top 100 World Rank (2023-24)

  • Year

  • Architect

    Pete Dye
  • Par

  • Yardage


Course Overview

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, which celebrated its 50th birthday a couple of years ago, has aged gracefully and remains in the conversation for Dye’s finest work. (Photo: Patrick Koenig)

3 things to know

  • Hole everyone talks about

    No. 16, par-3, 183 yards: The course’s final par-3 hugs the water and has stunning views of the Caribbean — but don’t get too awe-struck. The green is surrounded by seven bunkers that you don’t want to go in. Leave the beach until after the round.
  • Best non-golf amenity

    Casa de Campo has a luxurious spa and wellness center to make sure you’re rejuvenated during the entirety of your stay. What’s better after a round of golf than a message?
  • Insider tip

    The resort offers a variety of flash sales through their website. If your schedule is flexible, you can score one heck of a deal.