The tradition of golf at Dorado Beach is as rich as this magnificent estate's history. Beginning in 1955, renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. set out to create the finest golf resort in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, culminating in several spectacular, 18-hole layouts that have played host to celebrities, world leaders, golf legends and PGA tournaments. Today, golf at Dorado Beach continues to thrill and delight golfers of all skill levels with 4 Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf courses.
These "must-play" Caribbean golf courses run through lush jungle and oceanfront coconut groves, challenging golfers of all types. After one picturesque round at any of Dorado Beach's four golf courses, you'll certainly find out what this exclusive Puerto Rico golf resort is all about.
At the end of an epic day of golf with friends, the beautiful golf Clubhouse awaits with a relaxing beverage or gourmet meal served while you enjoy panoramic views of the fairways and mountains beyond. Home of the lively Hacienda Bar & Terrace, exotic Zafra Restaurant, breezy Mediterranean terraces and the fully stocked Pro Shop, every day can begin and end here.
TPC DORADO BEACH GOLF COURSES
East Championship Course
Rated #1 Golf Course in Puerto Rico by Golf Digest, Robert Trent Jones Jr.'s restoration of the historic East Course to the original vision put forth by his father brings this classic seaside course into the 21st century with a subtle rebirth as a modern masterpiece.
Original panoramic site lines to the ocean have been restored on 15 of 18 holes. Native sand harvested from surrounding beaches highlights the contoured bunker complexes. New ultra-dwarf Champion Bermuda greens support double-digit speeds with a number of hole locations on every green. A course layout that now stretches more than 7,200 yards, Dorado Beach East is as formidable from the championship tee as it is forgiving from the forward tee.
The Diverse Sugarcane Course
Championship length: 7,119 yards
Men's tee length: 6,032 yards
Women's tee length: 5,283 yards
The Sugarcane course, also built in 1972, is the more challenging of the two Plantation courses although it boasts larger fairways and greens. The course demands you to negotiate forced carries and deep bunkers. The back nine is surrounded by newly created rivers and lakes and offers a much different look, never before seen at the old Cerromar and Dorado Courses.
Players have an opportunity for birdies early in the round, but by the 8th hole the course begins to show its teeth. Par is a great score on most every hole on the back nine, with a few birdie opportunities mixed in! Good thing the La Hacienda golf clubhouse awaits golfers after their round, whether it's for a cold beverage, a magnificent meal cooked to order, or to just relax on the deck with panoramic views of the course.
The Friendly Pineapple Course
Championship length: 7,030 yards
Men's tee length: 6,196 yards
Women's tee length: 5,528 yards
The Pineapple Course, built in 1972, was designed to be the more-friendly course for golfers. It has fewer forced carries. The bunkers are not as deep and the greens are slightly larger. The back nine of The Pineapple Course consists of four holes with ocean views, followed by a tough five-hole stretch culminating with a fantastic par four 18th that finishes up on a green just below the golf Clubhouse terrace.
For those seeking a challenge, this course will provide all you can handle from the back tees. Fortunately, the La Hacienda golf Clubhouse awaits with a cold beverage or a delicious meal, served while you relax in the Terrace Bar, Zafra Restaurant or on the deck with panoramic views of the course.
The Scenic West Course
Championship length: 6,975 yards
Men's tee length: 6,360 yards
Women's tee length: 5,730 yards
On the West Course, opened in 1958, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed holes running in different directions, making the ever-present breezes off the ocean a challenge to negotiate. The four par-3 holes are considered the toughest of Dorado Beach's four courses. Ranging from 150 to 200 yards, these four holes feature sloping greens and plenty of bunkers. The 175-yard 13th hole is lined with palm trees and the green is in an oasis of rolling sand that seems to run directly into the ocean.
The Raymond Floyd Group renovated this course in 2002 keeping the original layout and vision of Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Today, the West Beach course is temporarily closed for minor renovations.
GOLF'S LIVING LEGENDS
Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
Referred to as the father of modern golf course architecture, Robert Trent Jones was the original course architect for all four of Dorado Beach Resort's golf courses. His life's journey began at a very young age. He moved from England to the United States with his parents in 1911. He became a scratch golfer while a teenager and was low Amateur in the 1927 Canadian Open. Jones attended Cornell University, where he personally selected courses to prepare for a career in golf course architecture. His career spanned nearly 70 years, building or renovating some 400 courses in 45 states in the U.S. and 35 countries worldwide. He designed his own golf course architecture program at Cornell University before any such program existed, and was the first to use many modern design and construction techniques.
In 1987, Jones received the Old from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, GCSAA's highest honor. He was also inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1987 as well.
Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Robert Trent Jones, Jr. had the honor and privilege to renovate the East Course at Dorado Beach back to his father's original layout some 53 years after its debut. The East Course reopened in late 2011.
Robert Jr. learned about the game of golf at Winged Foot Golf Club from the legendary Tommy Armour. After studying at Yale and Stanford, he graduated into the family business. His earliest experience was working beside his father on the historic Spyglass Hill in the 1960's. After apprenticing with his father for several years, becoming vice president of the company and assuming control of West Coast operations, Jones, Jr. eventually expanded the company's business to Asia with his debut international effort, Bangkok's Navatanee Golf Course. This foray across the ocean represented the first of hundreds of international course designs he would create in the ensuing years as he matured into a great artist. In 1972, he left his father's firm and set out on his own by founding Robert Trent Jones II golf course architects. In a career spanning more than four decades, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. has designed more than 270 golf courses in more than 40 countries on six continents.
Jones is a member of the California Golf Hall of Fame; and a long-standing member, former president, and current board member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.