Luckily for Tampa Bay area residents, 45 holes of golf’s dreamiest Caribbean treasures are close by, alongside the Dominican Republic’s east coast at Puntacana Resort & Club. Here, small-ball enthusiasts find three challenging nine-hole courses (Tortuga, Hacienda and Arrecife) at the P.B. Dye-designed La Cana Golf Course and another 18 holes at the DR’s jewel, Corales Golf Course, designed by Tom Fazio.
Home to the 2020 PGA TOUR Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, the Corales course thrills players with no less than six oceanside holes and plenty of opportunities to go low. Host professional of golf, and Corales operations, Jay Overton is a friendly and familiar face Tampa Bay area golfers will immediately recognize when visiting. Overton was the director of golf for three decades at Palm Harbor’s Innisbrook Resort.