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Golf Australia Express : Issue 16
DREAM THE JAW DROPPER IF ONLY YOU COULD... LEGENDARY COURSE architect Pete Dye— with his wife Alice and 300 helpers—turned an overgrown rocky wasteland along the Casa de Campo coral coastline into one of the most stunning golf courses in the world. That was in 1971. Four decades later and Teeth of the Dog is still revered the best course in the Caribbean, and comfortably among the world’s top 100. And it’s little wonder why. The 6720-metre layout has plenty of ‘wow’ about it, including its 160m par 3-5th, considered by many as the best on course. The beautiful view from the teebox is simply awe- inspiring. With the ocean foam spray—reminiscent of rabid froth—crashing into the rocks surrounding its peninsula green, this hole is waiting to bite. And there are many more exhilarating moments to found at The Dog. With some of the best views in golf found on seven of its shoreline hugging holes, a round here is sure to be inspiring and memorable. A lack of rough and trees should also make you smile, but with the ocean and wind to deal with there’s still plenty of fear- filled challenges. Oh, and don’t worry if you run out of balls during the round. Local Dominican kids collect them and sell them back to tourists. Who needs a stimulus package? OTG Teeth of the Dog, Casa de Campo, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Think Dominican Republic and you’re likely to conjure images of cigars, white sandy beaches and baseball. But with 26 golf courses to choose from, this Caribbean enclave is rapidly becoming a premier golf destination, too. We hunted down its No.1 ranked track—a course without much bark but plenty of bite. Welcome to Pete Dye’s Teeth of the Dog. Photography by David Scaletti