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Teeth of the Dog made The World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, and ranked 56 according to Golf Digest! Built by Pete Dye in the early 1970’s, it opened for play in 1971 and has consistently been among the top ever since.
It is a seaside course that offers fine strategic challenges with tropical weather and location on the shore; making it very hard to beat. As Pete Dye’s #1 course in Caribbean, it leaves nothing to be desired. The ocean comes into play more often than not and the small greens provide a challenge for even the best. Since the opening, golfers have been drawn to the complexities and challenges of Teeth of the Dog and for the bragging rights that come with successful completion of the course.
Golf Digest ranked it 56, among renowned courses around the world, including several others by Pete Dye such as, The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina (USA), Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin (USA) and even Punta Espada G. in Cap Cana (DR). They had this to say about the Teeth of the Dog’s 7,471 yard, Par 72 course: “The routing is stunning: a clockwise front 9, counterclockwise back 9, with seven holes hunkered down on the ocean, no more than 20 feet above the surf. The sea is on the left on holes five through eight and on the right on holes 15 through 17. Every hole is unique and scenic.”
Jerry Pate one of the best master golfers has very fond memories of playing on the Teeth of the Dog in 1974 for the World Amateur Championship. See our earlier published article here where he reminisces about his win at Casa de Campo in 1974 and his friendship with Dye.
Pete Dye’s goal was to put the Dominican Republic and Casa de Campo on the map as a premier golfing destination. Mission accomplished!
Considered by many to be the world’s most renowned golf course architect, Pete Dye – hand-in-hand with wife Alice Dye, an American golf champion and course designer known as the “First Lady” of golf architecture in the US — have now created 63 holes for resort guests at Casa de Campo on three of the most challenging courses in the game: Teeth of the Dog (18 holes), The Links (18 holes), and Dye Fore (27 holes) including the new nine, Dye Fore Lakes, that opened Sept. 2011 with the 30th anniversary of the Casa de Campo Open. The inland Links golf course at Casa de Campo, opened in 1976 and underwent a total Pete Dye transformation that reopened in February 2012. Pete Dye comes by his genius for golf course design naturally. An established champion golfer in his own right, his love for golf was surpassed only by his passion for design. In the 1950s, Pete Dye travelled the world and found inspiration in the world’s best courses. His role as a golf course designer and architect has changed the game for golfers everywhere and continually raised the bar for style, functionality and beauty in course construction. Pete Dye still cites Casa de Campo’s Teeth of the Dog golf course as one of the best accomplishments in his 50-year career.