I have been incredibly fortunate to travel as much as I have, and to play some incredible golf courses along the way.
But in those travels, there has been no course more enjoyable and breathtaking than Playa Grandé, on the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. (So sez me.)
Never heard if it? You’re not alone. When I discovered it several years ago, the greens fee was $60.00. Now it’s $112.00. Still a steal for a course like this. And pretty soon, it will be zero. The course is shutting down for renovation. And when it reopens, it will be private. (Sob.)
I have no idea who bought the course, named for the grand strand of beach it sits high above. I have no idea how such a golf course and a beach can go virtually unnnoticed by the touristic hordes. But I feel privileged that I got to enjoy both while I could.
Playa Grandé was kind in this farewell visit. Playing alone (with a mandatory and necessary caddie), I shot a 91. Pretty good for my first round of the year (or my 15th, for that matter). There was just a gentle breeze and the weather was the nicest it would be all week by far. (Dammit.)
I assume those who have the means will enjoy the course for years to come. For the rest of us who had the pleasure, it could be paradise lost.
But that just means we’ll just have to find another.