Cana Bay Palace Golf Club - No. 8
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Cana Bay Palace Golf Club - No. 8
The eighth hole at Cana Bay Palace Golf Club is a long, 234-yard par 3. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Cana Bay Palace Golf Club - No. 1
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Cana Bay Palace Golf Club - No. 1
The first hole at Cana Bay Palace Golf Club is a gentle par 4. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Cana Bay Palace Golf Club
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Cana Bay Palace Golf Club
Cana Bay Palace Golf Club opened in 2009 and was built by Nicklaus Design. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Cana Bay Palace Golf Club - No. 6
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Cana Bay Palace Golf Club - No. 6
The sixth hole is a long par 5 that plays up to 580 yards at Cana Bay Palace Golf Club. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Cana Bay Palace Golf Club - No. 9
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Cana Bay Palace Golf Club - No. 9
The ninth hole at Cana Bay Palace Golf Club wraps around a pond on the right side. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Cana Bay Palace Golf Club - No. 10
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Cana Bay Palace Golf Club - No. 10
The 10th hole at Cana Bay Palace Golf Club is a long par 3 played over natural waste areas. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Cana Bay Palace Golf Club in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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Cana Bay Palace Golf Club in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Cana Bay Palace Golf Club features tough greens and sandy waste areas. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Cana Bay Palace G.C.
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Cana Bay Palace G.C.
Cana Bay Palace Golf Club is one of Punta Cana's top upscale golf experiences. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Cana Bay Palace Golf Club - No. 15
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Cana Bay Palace Golf Club - No. 15
The par-3 15th hole at Cana Bay Palace Golf Club plays 151 yards from the back tees. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Cana Bay Palace Golf Club - No. 18
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Cana Bay Palace Golf Club - No. 18
The 18th hole at Cana Bay Palace Golf Club is a long par 4 wrapping around a pond. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Hard Rock Punta Cana resort
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Hard Rock Punta Cana resort
Located across the street from Cana Bay Palace Golf Club is the brand new, all-inclusive Hard Rock Punta Cana Resort & Casino. Courtesy of Hard Rock
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Natural beauty abounds at Cana Bay Palace Golf Club in the Dominican Republic

Located in the Dominican Republic city of Punta Cana, Cana Bay Palace Golf Club is one of the destination's newest golf courses and part of a newly planned resort and residential community.

It's also a partner with the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino located across the street, and stay-and-play packages are available through the resort.

The golf course was designed by Nicklaus Design and opened in 2009. From the championship tees, it plays 7,253 yards and winds through native areas, exposed sand and rock. The course is seeded with paspalum turf from tee to green and plays firm and fast with small, sloping greens that make for difficult approach shots.

There is a mix of both natural, sandy waste areas and manicured bunkers that come into play on virtually every shot. Both the ninth and 18th holes take a page from the Nicklaus playbook: long par 4s that dogleg right around water to a well-protected green.

In addition to 18 holes, on site at Cana Bay Palace is a small pro shop, plus a full driving range and practice facility.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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