Nov 24th, 2015
Amanera resort opens
New for the Dominican Republic
Words: The Brigadier
Dolphin Capital have just announced the opening of its latest project, the Amanera resort, to include the fully renovated Playa Grande Golf Course and the latest Aman hotel, Amanera.
As the centrepiece of the new resort, the exclusive 18 hole, par-72 course will make Amanera the first fully integrated Aman resort, with both golf and residences, in the world.
Overlooking the crescent-shaped Playa Grande Beach, regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, the Playa Grande Golf Course is distinctly characterised by long vistas, cliff-side fairways and meticulously contoured greens.
Ten holes play directly on the ocean, the most of any golf course in the Western Hemisphere, giving it an elite distinction within the international golfing community.
Spanning more than 180 acres (approximately 73 hectares) along the northern coast of the Dominican Republic - part of which is widely known as the ‘Green Coast’ - the course features a total of six sets of tees, allowing guests to play from 5,230 yards on forward tees to 7,259 yards from championship tees.
Originally designed in 1995 by golf legend Robert Trent Jones, Sr., it has since been extensively revived by his son, famed golf course architect Rees Jones. It was the last golf course Jones ever created outside the United States before Robert Trent Jones Sr. died in 2000.
“With Rees Jones and his renowned team behind the redesign, coupled with its unique ocean-side location, this course is going to be a natural draw for international golf enthusiasts,” said Katerina Katopis, Director at Dolphin Capital.
“There is rich history behind the foundation of this golf course, thanks to my father’s vision and the legacy he built beneath it,” says Rees Jones, who has designed or redesigned more than 170 courses throughout the span of his career so far. “It has been an honour to work in tandem with Dolphin Capital to revive and enhance what was originally a dramatically routed course by my father. We were given a unique opportunity to create an even more dramatic routing and breathe new life into a design that will ultimately be enjoyed for generations to come on an international scale.”
The Playa Grande Golf Course has been designed to offer players a balanced experience, with both the front and back nine featuring a mix of challenging holes running along the cliffs. The gently rolling landscape, providing natural undulations, ideal for golf, are accented by wide fairways, intricately contoured greens and Rees Jones’ signature windswept coastal style bunkers.
Adding to its distinguishing qualities, the course features what is being labelled as one of the finest finishes in the game of golf – which includes the dog-leg right par-5 on the 14th that allows golfers to finish on the cliff’s edge overlooking the beach, resort and ocean. From there, the final four holes play along the rocky cliffs, high above the ocean. The final hole is a risk/reward par five, which requires the player to choose a shot from one cliff to another and over a cove of water in order to reach the green in two or take the safer three shot route around the ocean.