The economic slowdown in the United States has been a blessing in disguise for the golf industry in Latin America. While almost no new courses are being built in the States, there are projects underway all over Central and South America and the Caribbean, with big-name architects, such as Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Kite, turning their attention south. While the next few years will see several high-profile courses and resorts opening, there is already an abundance of great golf at luxurious destinations, old and new, throughout the region. These are some of the best golf courses and resorts you can visit right now.
Punta Mita, Mexico
This luxury resort community on the Riviera Nayarit two great hotels (the Four Seasons and St. Regis) and two great golf courses (the Bahia and Pacifico), both of which are Jack Nicklaus Signature designs. It is also home to the only natural offshore island green on earth, a stunning par 3 played from the beach on to a green built on a coral atoll and reached by amphibious golf carts.
Casa de Campo/La Romana, Dominican Republic
The Dominican republic is the top island for golf in the Caribbean, and Casa de Campo is its top resort, home to three courses. The famous Teeth of the Dog has been the No. 1–ranked course in the Caribbean since it opened in 1971, with an unparalleled stretch of oceanfront holes set at the level of the crashing surf. The newest addition, Dye Fore, is almost equally spectacular.
Photo courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton Reserve