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In case you haven’t heard, Casa de Campo again makes the list for the “World’s 100 Greatest Courses” in Golf Digest. This time, our luxury resort finds itself in spot #20! Built by Pete Dye in the early 1970s, it opened for play in 1971 and has consistently been among the top ever since. Way to go!
Designed by Pete Dye, considered the best golf architect in the world, Teeth of the Dog was initially named “Cajuiles”, referring to the trees that grew in the mountains. Later, Dye changed it to “Dog Teeth” after hearing the natives refer to the coral rock with that name because of its sharp appearance. “The opportunity to build this field from the beginning is an experience that is lived only once in a lifetime,” Dye had said a few years ago.
Golf Digest stated the following on their website: “The Dominican Republic is now a major golf destination. Teeth of the Dog started it all back in 1971. Pete Dye rebuilt and updated the course several times, sometimes after hurricane damage and sometimes to fine-tune the design. The routing is stunning, a clockwise front nine, counterclockwise back nine, 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.”
Pete Dye’s goal was to put the Dominican Republic and Casa de Campo on the map as a premier golfing destination. Mission accomplished!