The Dorado Beach Golf and Tennis Club
The Dorado Beach Resort located in Dorado, Puerto Rico, offers golfers a choice of four golf courses, all of which are world-class standard. The East Course and West Course were both designed by the legendary golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., who designed an estimated 500 golf courses in the United States and thirty-five other countries around the world. These two golf courses have been played by professional and leisure golfers alike for decades and holidaymakers are assured of a memorable round of golf at either of them.
Both the East Course and the West Course wind their way through lush tropical vegetation and sweet smelling citrus groves, making their way alongside the Atlantic Ocean shore, incorporating a chain of lakes and a picturesque man-made lagoon. The courses were redesigned and upgraded in 1999 (East Course) and 2002 (West Course) by Raymond Floyd, who took care to incorporate the many classic features of design of the original, while at the same time taking note of how modern equipment and new techniques have caused the game to evolve. These changes included adjusting the size and/or position of hazards, such as bunkers and trees, to present a challenge to golfers of varying abilities. Regular visitors will have noted that the 9th hole on the East Course was reversed, while the 9th hole on the West Course was lengthened and the bunkers were reshaped.
The East Course at Dorado Beach has been the venue for the prestigious Senior PGA Tour. It is a par-72 course with the championship length at 7,000 yards, men’s tee length at 6,410 yards and women’s tee length at 5,735 yards. The fourth hole is a 500-yard par-5 tester with two water hazards requiring a double dog leg to get around, raising the question of whether a golfer should take a chance of hitting two long shots over water, or take the safer route around using their third shot to pitch to the green.
The West Course is par-72 with the championship length at 6,975 yards, men’s tee length at 6,360 yards and women’s tee length at 5,730 yards. The thirteenth hole is surrounded by palm trees with the green giving the impression that it runs right into the ocean. Hole 14 on the West Course includes a lake which, while presenting a picture perfect scene, also presents quite a challenge as a water hazard. West Course fairways run in four directions, with changing wind conditions presenting an opportunity for golfers to sharpen their skills.
There is no doubt that both the East Course and West Course at Puerto Rico’s Dorado Beach Golf and Tennis Club have everything to ensure that both professional and leisure golfers enjoy their favorite sport.