Start with a cliff-top setting overlooking the Caribbean Sea and add the land-sculpting skills of Tom Fazio, and you’re almost guaranteed a compelling trophy course. Corales doesn’t disappoint. With six holes along the water — including the closing three — Punta Cana Resort’s newest layout has become a must-play since opening in April.
Accessible only to guests of the Punta Cana Resort and community residents (such as designer Oscar de la Renta and crooner Julio Iglesias), Corales is a beautiful beast. Buffeted by coastal breezes, the roomy layout is pure eye-candy from start to finish, with terrain that’s blanketed with ponds, coconut palms, sand expanses and an array of stylish Fazio bunkers. Most unforgettable, however, is the finishing stretch of holes, collectively known as “El Codo del Diablo,” (the Devil’s Elbow). The muscular 461-yard 16th heads straight to the sea, while the 214-yard 17th edges it. But the showstopper is the 448-yard 18th, which with its unlisted back tee can stretch to 501 yards. This stunner boomerangs to the right around a chasm that drops to the surf. This is one devil you’ll be happy to dance with anytime.