Robert Trent Jones Jr.’s restoration of the historic East Course to the original vision put forth by his father brings this classic seaside course into the 21st century with a subtle rebirth as a modern masterpiece.
Original panoramic site lines to the ocean have been restored on 15 of 18 holes. Native sand harvested from surrounding beaches highlights the contoured bunker complexes. New ultra-dwarf Champion Bermuda greens support double-digit speeds with a number of hole locations on every green. And now, playing over 7,200 yards, Dorado Beach East is as formidable from the championship tee as it is forgiving from the forward tee.
East Course Hole Descriptions
Inspiration . . . The East Course has attracted and inspired golfers from around the world and many of the trees bear the scars created by golf balls “slamming” into their tender bark nearly 60 years ago. As a tribute to these historical monuments, we have named all 18-holes after a tree or a group of trees located on each hole.
Hole 1 (Uva de Playa/Sea Grape):
- Sweeping dogleg left par 5.
- Challenge the bunkers left off the tee for a possibility of reaching the green in two.
- Smallish green with midpoint transition bisecting green into front and back, well bunkered requiring aerial attack.
- Approach shots into the green are usually played into the prevailing wind so add a club or two depending on wind speed.
Hole 2 (El Mangle/ The Mangrove):
- Long par 3 with water down entire left side.
- Prevailing wind is from left to right but players usually cannot feel this on the tee.
- Possibility exists for a run up shot as the approach was widened but watch for bunkers left and right.
Hole 3 (Pterocarpus/Blood Wood):
- Shorter par four that plays into the prevailing wind.
- Well placed fairway wood will leave a mid to short iron approach shot.
- Water left of the green is in play on approach shot so precision is needed.
Hole 4 (Ausubo/Balata):
- Our most famous hole, known as the “Z” hole is a double dogleg par 5 reachable with two well struck shots.
- Classic “Risk Reward” tee shot into the prevailing wind. Choose your line carefully as the carry over the water can be influenced greatly by the trade winds.
- Second shot, whether a layup or attempt at the green, will be influenced by right to left breezes.
- Well bunkered green has gently rolling slopes with a false front on the right front edge.
Hole 5 (El Ceiba/Kapok Tree):
- Mid-length par 3 well bunkered with water in play right of the green.
- Left to right winds, while not felt on the tee, will affect your shot.
- An extra club may be necessary to reach this elevated green.
Hole 6 (Tortuga/Turtle Tree):
- Our classic runway tee points you towards your target on this straight away par 4.
- A beautiful golf hole from tee to green playing mostly downwind.
- The elevated green will require one more club on the approach, not only to reach the surface but to avoid the deep bunkers guarding the front of the green.
Hole 7 (Maria y Almecigo/Tangled Maria):
- A Longer downwind par 4 requiring an accurate tee shot to avoid fairway bunkers left and right. A well struck drive can carry the left side bunkers but don’t push it right!
- Second shot into this narrow, two tier green, asks the player for accuracy as bunkers protect the putting surface well on both sides.
Hole 8 (Limoncillo/Eucalyptus Tree):
- Dogleg left par 4 with water in play on right side from the teeing ground. The right edge of the fairway bunker on the left side will be an ideal line.
- Second shot is downwind into an elevated green well protected front left.
- Come up short, right or long on the approach shot and you will have a challenging pitch or bump and run from collection areas that encompass the front, right side and rear of this green.
Hole 9 (El Mamey/Mamey Apple Tree):
- Slight dogleg right par 4.
- Tee shot aimed at right fairway bunker should work towards the center on the right to left winds.
- Approach shot requires attention as bunkers surround the green surface and the strong ocean breezes will try to push the ball left of this long narrow green.
Hole 10 (Caoba/Mahogany):
- Dogleg right par 4 lengthened by nearly 100 yards during the renovation.
- Tee shot must negotiate the fairway bunkers that guard both the right and left sides of the fairway.
- Approach shot into this green needs precise yardage as this is our shallowest surface and is well guarded by the “master” trap up front and another trap back left.
- Left to right winds on the approach will generally help the player to avoid the water protecting the left side of the green.
Hole 11 (Palma Real/Royal Palm):
- A strong par 5 playing into the teeth of the prevailing winds.
- Right side fairway bunker is reachable forcing the player to keep right with their tee shot.
- Second shot is made interesting by the newly installed “decision bunker” near the center of the second landing area.
- This green complex is our most interesting with bunkers surrounding the smallish green entirely.
Hole 12 (Cupey/Clusia Tree):
- A fine mid range uphill par 3.
- Be sure of your yardage as the bunkers guarding the front right and left of this green are deep.
Hole 13 (Yagrumo/Balsa):
- Our most improved hole of the East renovation. This par 4 plays downwind.
- The drive must be well considered on this narrow hole with the fairway bunkers easily reachable.
- The second shot requires an aerial approach to this heavily undulating green surface.
Hole 14 (El Corozo/Corozo Palm):
- A very strong par 5 playing into the wind.
- The drive must negotiate the left side fairway bunker as well as the out-of-bounds which runs the entire right side of this hole.
- Rarely reachable in two, the lay-up shot must be well placed away from the bunkers guarding the second landing area.
- The elevated green surface slopes from back to front so keeping the ball below the hole is a premium.
Hole 15 (Algarrobo/Coumaril):
- This downhill par 4 may be reachable by the longer hitters but watch the water and the reflecting bunker guarding the right side of the green.
- The right to left winds, while not felt on the tee or the fairway, will affect your ball.
Hole 16 (Ucar/Black Olive):
- A beautiful par four bending slightly to the left at the turning point.
- Players should appreciate the architectural design of tying the fairway bunkering into the greenside bunkers. Very well designed and thought out; classic beauty.
- A good drive should leave a mid-iron into this long, narrow green.
Hole 17 (Corcho/Cork):
- This is a great par 3 with water left and playing downwind right to left.
- This elevated green is bisected lengthwise from front to back. The back right corner is our Sunday pin placement, but no pin placement should be taken lightly on this hole.
Hole 18 (Almendro/Almond):
- Players should take their time to enjoy the views along this long par 4 finishing hole which has the Atlantic Ocean along its entire right side.
- A good drive will leave a mid to long iron into a very large green built to accept a variety of approach shots. Use your imagination and swing freely.
- Be aware of the trade winds once again coming from behind you right to left and use them to your advantage on this angled green.
- The 18th green is our largest surface bisected by a shallow trough running front to back. A fun surface and perfect for that final-hole picture with the ocean as the backdrop.