Rees Jones, Inc.

Golf Course Design & Architecture

Rees Jones, Inc.
Playa Grande Golf & Ocean Club
Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic
Image: Playa Grande Golf & Ocean Club
Course Type
Design Role
(2015, 2016-2018)
Bryce Swanson

Client Course Description

Sprawling over 180 acres of picturesque coastline, the world-class Playa Grande Golf And Ocean Club, designed by celebrated architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., is known as “the Pebble Beach of the Caribbean” by the golf community.

With 10 holes playing directly on the ocean, this 7,085-yard course winds along the coastline, providing amazingly open vistas, cliff-side fairways, and sloping greens.

With respect for the legacy created by his father, world-renowned golf designer Rees Jones will renovate the Playa Grande Golf And Ocean Club to enhance the golfing experience and challenge golfers at every skill level.

Designer Notes

Overlooking the crescent-shaped Playa Grande Beach, regarded as one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean we finished a complete renovation of this Robert Trent Jones, Sr. course which opened in early 2016. We were given the opportunity to create an even more dramatic routing with ten holes playing directly on the ocean. Adding to its distinctive qualities, the course features what is being labeled as one of the finest finishes in the game of golf – which includes the dog-leg right par-5 on the 14th hole 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-5 – 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.

In 2016, Discovery Land Company entered into a partnership to further develop Playa Grande. Together, we are working on additional improvements to the course which include rerouting the fifth hole to create room for surrounding development, upgrading bunker sand, addition of select tees and landscaping. All fairway and green surrounds will be sand capped and the golf course will be planted with paspalum turf.

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Award Publication
Top 100 Resorts in North America (2019-2020) Golf Magazine
Best Resort Course Renovatio (2016) Golf Magazine


Headline Date
Dominican Republic’s Playa Grande Golf Club Reopens December 10, 2018
Playa Grande Gets A Complete Remodel: Rees Jones Discusses Working On His Father’s Original Design December 5, 2018
Dominican Republic’s Playa Grande Could Be the Perfect Golf Resort September 2, 2016
New Playa Grande Golf Course In The Dominican Republic Ranks Among The Caribbean’s Best March 31, 2016
At the Seaside Playa Grande, Rees Jones Crafts A Dominican Dandy February 11, 2016
Playa Grande: A Tropical Atlantic Beauty January 19, 2016
Rees Jones Completes Renovation Of Playa Grande Course November 20, 2015
Playa Grande: Golf’s Best Kept Secret? July 30, 2014

More Information

For more information about Playa Grande Golf & Ocean Club, please visit the course’s website.