EXPLORE THE COURSE
The more challenging of the resort’s two golf courses, the Sugarcane Course features larger fairways and greens and demands even the most skilled players to negotiate forced carries and deep bunkers. Rivers and lakes on the back nine offer a fresh perspective.
For this difficult opening shot, players should aim just over the left edge of the right bunker to place their ball in the widest part of the green. What remains is a short iron second to a well-guarded green with water on one side and bunkers on the other.
This is a straight-away par 4 with an open green out front. On windy days, it can be driven by longer players. Straight shots have an advantage. This hole is a good chance for birdie.
This mid-length par 4 has water on the left side from tee to green. The best way to catch the green is from the right side of the fairway; aim your drive just inside the rightside bunker. The green is guarded by two large bunkers on the front and left. Once on the green, pay attention to the small undulations that make putting tricky.
The course’s signature hole is a par 3 with a very narrow, bunker-guarded green. Distance control is key. The green features two tiers; landing on the correct one offers a good chance for a putt.
This is a longer par 4 with a hard wind coming from the right; aim your tee shot down the right to use the wind to your advantage. Once on the fairway, accuracy is key to reach the two-tiered green.
This is the course’s first par 5. Long hitters should aim just inside the rightside bunkers to avoid the water hazard on the left. A solid drive gives players a good chance to reach the large green in two. Once there, play the wind when reading the putt.
This par 4 is a challenge for even the best player. A solid tee shot is needed to have a mid-iron into the green. The approach shot is demanding, so take an extra club or two to compensate for the wind. Watch out for undulation on the green.
This par 3 is guarded by water and bunkers. A long- to mid-iron shot is needed for this visually intimidating hole. On the green, pay attention to the slope.
This par 5 is a great opportunity to finish the front nine with a birdie. It’s the course’s only hole without a water hazard. Aim your drive at the fairway bunkers on the left, and take advantage of the open fairway with an aggressive second shot. Once on the green, don’t let your eyes deceive you; the putt is straighter than you think.
Accuracy off the tee is key for this short par 4. Water guards the fairway on both sides, and long hitters have a chance at reaching the green off the tee; to play smart, use a long-iron or hybrid. On the fairway, use an extra club for the large green. Two smart, solid shots are the best chance for par or a birdie.
The best tee shot is to play a draw for a right-handed player off the rightside fairway bunker. The wind helps those who have trouble playing the right to left shot. From the fairway, a semi-blind shot from below the ball will get you to the green, where undulations can send balls down the left side.
The mountains beautifully frame this mid-length par 5. Aim your tee shot down the middle, which will leave you with a long iron or fairway wood. Layup shots should aim down the fairway. Distance control is key to getting your third close to the flag in this deep green.
This challenging, long par 3 plays into the wind and uphill; two or three extra clubs might be needed to compensate. The green is guarded by two deep, greenside bunkers, which means you need a straight putt to avoid a challenging up and down.
This short par 5 is a great chance at a birdie or even the elusive eagle. A strong tee shot can carry the rightside fairway bunkers, leaving the mid-iron approach to this well-guarded green. Once there, pay attention to the break as the ball tends to fall towards the back of the green.
This is the toughest tee shot of the course. A forced carry of more than 200 yards should be played from the back tees to the fairway bunker. Players on the front tees need to be accurate since the tight fairway leaves little room for error. The well-guarded, undulated green is played from a downwind shot.
This is an excellent par 3. Aim toward the right side, allowing the wind to push the ball back to the middle of the green. Once there, watch for subtle breaks.
This is a straight par 4 with fairway bunkers and lots of room off the tee. The well-guarded green offers no surprises and can be reached by a short iron approach.
This is a long hole with a slight dogleg on the left. The fairway is guarded by water and bunkers, so a long straight shot is key. Face the uphill approach shot with a short- to mid-iron; note that the wind will take some distance off the shot. The green features subtle undulations. Pay close attention to breaks.
GOLF AT DORADO BEACH
The resort’s two courses present players with both the joy and challenge of the sport. Designed to capture the beauty of nature, the Tournament Players Club courses offer 18 holes each and use native sand, manmade rivers and contoured bunkers to test even the most seasoned golfer.