Dorado Beach Resort & Club

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Less than a half-hour drive outside of San Juan lies the famed Dorado Beach Resort & Club, the location of the iconic East and West championship golf courses. With a reputation as Puerto Rico's best golf experience, the Dorado is also home to the Sugarcane and Pineapple Plantation courses, as well as the Dorado Beach Resort and posh Zafra Restaurant. The four Robert Trent Jones-designed courses all offer unique hole layouts with well-manicured fairways and stunning views of the surrounding region. The par 72 East Course plays 7,000 yards from the championship Gold tees with a 4th hole ranked among the top ten golf holes in the world by golf legend Jack Nicklaus. This challenging 4th hole features a double dogleg across not one, but two, ponds.

Slightly shorter at 6,975 yards from the Gold tees is Dorado's West Course. This par 72 has numerous undulated greens and four par 3s considered the most difficult among all four Dorado courses. Strategically placed bunkers add to the course's difficulty, offering little relief for players who misjudge the distance to the hole. The par-3 13th hole sits at the ocean's edge, surrounded by palms that sway in the wind. Playing this hole alone is well worth the journey - regardless of age or skill level.

The more difficult of the two Dorado Beach Plantation courses, the Sugarcane Course provides a challenging par 72 layout that stretches a lengthy 7,119 yards from the Gold tees. Here, forced carries, massive bunkers and water features make for a challenging round. The back nine plays undoubtedly more difficult than the front nine, but both make for a great day out on the links. When you're done, stop by the mammoth 50,000-square-foot clubhouse to refuel.

With incredible ocean views, the Pineapple Course features a friendlier design where golfers can get away with being a little less accurate with their approach shots. Players will also find the greens more forgiving and the hazards fewer than the Sugarcane Course. But at 7,030 yards from the Golds, the Pineapple Course can still take up the majority of an afternoon.