Corales Golf Club in Punta Cana
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Corales Golf Club in Punta Cana
Corales hosted the Dominican Republic's first PGA TOUR event in March 2018. Courtesy of Punta Cana Resort & Club
Corales - hole 4
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Corales - hole 4
No. 4 on Corales features a lot of undulations. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Corales - hole 5
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Corales - hole 5
Watch out for the bunkers on No. 5 on Corales. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Corales - conditions
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Corales - conditions
Corales is kept in mint condition. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Corales - PGA TOUR host
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Corales - PGA TOUR host
Tom Fazio designed Corales, host of a PGA TOUR event every March. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Corales - hole 3
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Corales - hole 3
No. 3 on Corales. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Corales - hole 11
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Corales - hole 11
Water comes into play on No. 11 on Corales. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Corales - hole 12
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Corales - hole 12
No. 12 at Corales ends at an elevated green. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Corales - hole 14
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Corales - hole 14
No. 14 on Corales. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Corales - hole 15
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Corales - hole 15
The 15th hole at Corales has two separate greens. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Corales golf course at Puntacan Resort - 18th tee
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Corales golf course at Puntacan Resort - 18th tee
Former Director of Golf Jay Overton, who now teaches at the resort course, takes aim on the 18th tee on the Corales Course at Puntacana Resort & Club. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfPass
Corales Golf Course - pond
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Corales Golf Course - pond
Corales is magnificently landscaped from the first thru 18th holes. Brandon Tucker/GolfPass
Corales - cell tower
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Corales - cell tower
No detail is too small at Corales: a cell tower sits in disguise. Brandon Tucker/GolfPass
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Corales: The PGA Tour's home venue in the Dominican Republic

The Corales Punta Cana Championship showcases a beautiful course in a great Caribbean golf destination.

Editor's Note: Updated March 2022

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic - While the world's best players battle at the Austin Country Club in the Dell Technologies Match Play Championship, there are still plenty of quality Tour pros in action in the Caribbean this weekend.

The Corales Punta Cana Championship has become a staple on the PGA Tour schedule since 2018 at one of the Tour's most scenic courses - Corales - a private Tom Fazio course known for its immaculate conditioning.

Hurricane damage took a swipe at the 7,650-yard course in 2017, forcing reconstruction of the eighth and ninth holes. Tom Fazio returned to make both holes more challenging and protect them from future storm surges off the Caribbean Sea. The eighth fairway was raised several feet, and the green at least 10 to 12 feet. Two bunkers, one to the left of the fairway and one right of the green, were added as well. The green on the par 3 ninth was raised more than 15 feet.

Two other changes were made - 27 new palm trees planted to the left side of the par-4 13th fairway and new cutting patterns creating closely mown collection areas around the greens. The championship, a Web.com (now the Korn Ferry Tour) event from 2016-17, is always played opposite the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at the Austin Country Club.

Playing Corales, blanketed in Paspalum grass since opening in 2010, guarantees a memorable day. Only a handful of resort guests at a Punta Cana Resort & Club property (like the Westin or Tortuga Bay) are allowed access each day, ensuring golfers a solitary, exclusive experience guided by mandatory caddies. Two par 4s - no. 3 and no. 15 - feature two separate greens that rotate regularly. It will be interesting to see which greens tournament officials use more.

Keep an eye on how the pros attack the Devil's Elbow, the finishing three-hole stretch on the sea. The 416-yard 16th hole heads toward the water with a bunker blocking the middle of the fairway. Tournament organizers can also get creative on the 214-yard 17th hole, changing the angle of attack and the impact of the wind by choosing to use the tee boxes along the rocky seaside cliffs or the other tee boxes located further inland that play directly toward the shore. The striking 501-yard final hole, featuring an expanded back/black tee, ends with dramatic forced carry over the cliff-lined Bay of Corales. What a final tee shot with a multi-million purse on the line.

Video: A visit to Punta Espada, Corales and La Cana


Staff course reviews of Corales: Jason Scott Deegan | Tim Gavrich


Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed and photographed more than 1,000 courses and written about golf destinations in 20 countries for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfpass and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.

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