The Plantation Club is part of the Dorado Beach Resort and Club. There are two golf courses at The Plantation Club, The Pineapple Course and The Sugarcane Course. Both of these courses were opened in 1970 and like the East and West Courses of Dorado Beach, the Pineapple and Sugarcane Courses consist of 18 holes and are both par 72 courses. A unique difference is that The Plantation Club Courses have more water hazards through the use of both lakes and rivers.
The Sugarcane Course is considered the more difficult of the two Plantation Courses. However, The Pineapple Course is no slouch and offers beautiful ocean views.
Considering the Dorado Beach Resort & Club with their Plantation Club has four Championship level golf courses on their grounds everyone should be able to find one that fits them. If all else fails, you can just relax with a nice drink and meal at their 50,000 sq ft clubhouse that ran them a mere $5,000,000.
Dorado Beach Resort & Country Club has four 18 hole par 72 courses. However two of them are part of The Plantation Club, the two we will mention here are the East Course and the West Course.
Both the East and West Courses were designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr and opened as 9 hole courses in 1958. When 1966 rolled around both of these courses had been upgraded to 18 holes. These courses both posses oceanfront property which adds to their appeal.
The East Course was just recently renovated by the son of Robert Trent Jones Sr., Robert Trent Jones Jr., and has reopened for play. The renovation of the course did not see major alterations from the original design.
The West Course was renovated in 2002 by The Raymond Floyd Group, but also maintained the original Robert Trent Jones Sr design.
The Dorado Beach Resort & Country Club is the largest golf complex in Puerto Rico with four 18 hole courses on their property. They have the East and West Courses and also The Plantation Club’s Sugarcane and Pineapple courses. Having four courses, Dorado Beach Resort & Country Club doubles the number of courses of the next largest golf club in Puerto Rico.
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The Golf Links of Royal Isabela is a stunning new 18 hole golf course designed by David Pfaff, along with the input and vision of brothers and Royal Isabela Founders, Stanley and Charlie Pasarell. The golf course was completed in 2009. However, it did not come easy, the project had roots as far back as 1989, but sat idle through the 90s. When 2000 rolled around the Pasarell brothers had Royal Isabela back on track.
Their initial goal was to build a world class golf course, community, and resort on the west side of Puerto Rico. However, that is not where Royal Isabela ends, their long term goal is to turn the west side of the Island into a major tourist destination. They plan on accomplishing that with the addition of four more courses and substantial expansion to the community itself.
With a major portion of golf resorts being located in the El Yunque Region, the only Rainforest in the US National Forestry Service, I am surprised that I don’t hear more about the upside to weather on the west side.
In addition to the beauty of Royal Isabela we found it refreshing that they have put such an emphasis on preservation. They built the course around the existing landscape, not the other way around. They also have an organic farm for the community, a nursery to maintain native plants, solar power, and much more.
If you want to read more, stellar reviews are not hard to come by. The reviews are calling Royal Isabela the Pebble Beach of Puerto Rico, Scotland of the Caribbean, etc etc. These reviews all focus on the impeccable job done to integrate the course into the seaside landscape.
Club Deportivo del Oeste’s Golf Course is a 18 hole par 71 course that was designed by Jack Bender and opened in 1965. The Club is private, but the Golf Course is one aspect of the Club that is open to the public so feel free to call and book your tee time.
The key feature to Club Deportivo del Oeste’s Course is the trial by fire. The first hole throws you right into what is said to be the most difficult hole in Puerto Rico. Don’t worry, there is a putting green and practice area where you can warm up.
Beyond the Golf Course, Club Deportivo del Oeste has a very popular Marina and Tennis Courts. Since the Club is private, it is best that you acquaint yourself with their rules regarding access to other parts of the Club.
As we mentioned in a previous article, there are only three golf courses on the West Side of Puerto Rico: Club Deportivo del Oeste, Punta Borinquen Golf Club in Aguadilla, and Royal Isabela in Isabela.
Punta Borinquen Golf Club is one of only three golf courses on the Western Side of Puerto Rico. It is located in Aguadilla, the other two are Royal Isabela located in Isabela and Club Deportivo del Oeste in Cabo Rojo.
Punta Borinquen Golf Club is a 18 hole par 72 course and driving range that opened in 1940, making it the first public golf course in Puerto Rico. Yes, Aguirre Golf Club opened 12 years earlier, but at that time it was still a private course. The big claim to fame here is that Punta Borinquen was a favorite destination of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The region of Aguadilla where the course is located formerly housed a large military base. Today, it has been downsized to a smaller US Coast Guard Air Station.
The course itself is located on a beautiful cliff at the North West tip of Puerto Rico. The beach, ocean, and sunset views here are spectacular. There is even a small narrow road that bisects the course and goes down in elevation to local beach where you can see “The Ruins”, which are the remains of the original Aguadilla Lighthouse. It was heavily damaged by an Earthquake and Tsunami, prompting the construction of a new Lighthouse on the cliff just North of Punta Borinquen Golf Club.