Tip your cap to Jack!

Monday April 30th, 2007
Surf's up at the 13th hole at Punta Espada.
Dick Durrance II

Not every Dominican all-star is found on a baseball diamond. Golfers can still discover some on the Caribbean island, and a brand new heavy hitter has just been added to the lineup. Half of the holes at the Punta Espada Course at Cap Cana Resort edge the Caribbean Sea (and you can see it from every hole). The course is designer Jack Nicklaus' equivalent of a bases-clearing blast to the upper deck. Located on the eastern tip of the island, the brand new, 37,000-acre resort and residential development will ultimately have three Nicklaus Signature courses, but the Bear is going to have to work hard to top his maiden effort, which opened this past summer.

The layout incorporates bluffs, beach and jungle in its 7,396 yards, and wildlife abounds throughout, from the iguana that lives in a rock outcropping near the first fairway to roosters that strut around the grounds. The ultimate camera moment comes at the 13th, a 249-yard home run that plays directly over the ocean. But don't worry if you only have warning-track power: there's a bailout area to the right.

Greens fees: $320 until May, $220 from June to October. To make a tee time, call 800-785-2198 or visit capcana.com

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