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Punta Espada Golf Course at Cap Cana - the Back 9

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Punta Espada Golf Course at Cap Cana - Hole Number 10
Photograph of The Approach to the 10th Island Green

The Approach to the 10th Island Green

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Punta Espada Golf Course at Cap Cana - Hole Number 10

Continuing our tour: The 10th at Punta Espada is where accuracy is more important than distance on this dogleg right of 432 yards. A large waste bunker that begins at the back tee and runs along the entire right side of the fairway, wrapping around a lake and the green, will wreak havoc on any wayward shot. Three bunkers are located below the right side of the fairway. A small green, sloped back to front and surounded by sand, is an island green in every sense of the word (see the green at the right side of the photo). To minimize the distance of second shot and increase the chances of staying on the green, you'll favor the right side of the fairway and hit it long.

Punte Espada is a brand new Jack Nicklaus signature golf course at the Sanctuary Cap Cana; it opened for play in April 2007 and is the first of three new courses - the second course, Las Iguanas, is well under way and should be open in mid-2009.

The Punta Espada course plays a tough 7,396 yards from the back tees (6,883 from the Gold tees) for a par of 72, a course rating of 77, and a slope of 137. A Caddy is mandatory and the cost included in the green fee - you will need to tip, however.

Green fees at the time of writing are from US$220 to US$320, which includes green fees, cart fees, caddie fees, taxes, range balls, yardage booklet, scorecard, pencil, two bottles of water per player.

Sanctuary Cap Cana is the Dominican Republic’s newest luxury resort. It first opened its doors in January of 2008, and now seems poised to become the Republic’s premier destination. With the first of three Jack Nicklaus signature courses already open for play, and having already hosted the PGA Champions Tour in April 2008, Cap Cana is also destined to become a major golf destination.

Please read my full review of the Sanctuary Cap Cana

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