The "Punta Espada Golf Gourse," designed by golf-legend Jack Nicklaus, is by far Punta Cana's most popular golf course, according to the online travel website TripAdvisor. Other popular golf courses in the Punta Cana region, according to the website: "La Cana Golf Course," Barceló Lakes Golf Course, Hard Rock Golf Club and the Iberostar Bavaro Golf & Club. Punta Cana is considered to be a true paradise for golfers due to the number and quality of the golf facilities it offers, all designed by world-famous golf architects and designers.
Its facilities have hosted the PGA Champions Tour on three occasions. The golf course is located in the Cap Cana tourism resort and its facilities are accessible to all area hotels.
The other most highlighted golf courses in the Punta Cana area:
Hard Rock Golf Club: The Hard Rock Golf Club at Cana Bay features an 18-hole course, designed by Jack Nicklaus. The Club has the privilege of being the first and only golf course in a Hard Rock hotel. For three consecutive years this particular course has hosted the PGA Latin American Tour, one of the region's most important golf tournaments.
Iberostar Bavaro Golf & Club: The 18-hole golf course, designed by P.B. Dye, features an elegant Club House and is owned by the Iberostar chain of hotels. The Spanish-based hotel chain features four hotels, including the recently refurbished Iberostar Punta Cana, an all-inclusive family friendly luxury facility, and the 272-room Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro, an adults-only luxury establishment.
La Cana Golf Course: This 27-hole course was also designed by P.B. Dye, and is one of the Puntacana Resort & Club's main attractions. This was the first golf course to use Paspalum, a special grass that is watered with seawater. Many of the golf course holes are located facing the Caribbean Sea. The Hotel Tortuga Bay, one of the finest hotel facilities in Punta Cana, is situated near this world-famous golf course.
Barceló Lakes Golf Course: The 18-hole golf course was recently redesigned by P.B. Dye. Built adjacent to the Caribbean Sea, the golf course is known for its beautiful scenic lakes, wetlands and nearby tropical woods.
The golf course is part of the many attractions featured by the Hotel Barceló Bavaro Palace Deluxe, an all-inclusive luxury facility that features a special section for golfers. The beachfront resort also features the adults-only Hotel Barceló Bavaro Beach.