The Takeaway: Hard Rock does a good job with balancing their rock-and-roll theme with golf, but ultimately the golf should matter most and Hard Rock doesn’t quite deliver a platinum hit mainly due to the overdeveloped setting. Grade B-
Designer: Jack Nicklaus in 2010
Cost: $180 - $250 Click for current rates
Phone Number: 866-842-6521
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Hard Rock at Cana Bay's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - Boulevard Turístico del Este Km.28 No.74, Macao, Dominican Republic – DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
What to Expect: What do you get when you combine rock and roll enthusiasts with a golf course; Hard Rock Golf Club in Cana Bay. Rather than holes being named after features on the course or characteristics of the design, classic rock and roll songs are assigned to each offering and may offer inspiration to players when they encounter one of their favorite tunes. Jack Nicklaus did an admirable job with the layout, however the property itself doesn't provide a lot of inspiration to work with. Many of the holes traverse along mild terrain, ocean views are devoid of the experience, and development surrounding the course tends to be where your eyes are unfortunately drawn to rather than having beautiful surroundings to enjoy. That isn't to say there aren't some aesthetics to enjoy, but they are mainly done through the exposure of rock and sand throughout the routing rather than letting Mother Nature's backdrops be the highlight. One of the perks of a day at Hard Rock is that all of your food and drinks are included. So enjoying modest sandwiches and beverages before, during, and after the round are encouraged which is a nice perk rather than having to buy everything separately. It goes with the all-inclusive theme that many resorts employ in the Dominican Republic. Players are provided purple and gold golf carts that match the Hard Rock theme and you half expect live performances from ZZ Top to be played from a bluetooth speaker. Ultimately, a day at Hard Rock is a fun experience, but when it comes to just the golf, there are much more impressive layouts to enjoy in the DR.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 4th Hole – 200 Yard Par 3 –
Best Par 3: 10th Hole – 197 Yards –
Best Par 4: 18th Hole – 444 Yards –
Best Par 5: 11th Hole – 585 Yards –
Birdie Time: 7th Hole – 321 Yard Par 4 –
Bogey Beware: 9th Hole – 453 Yard Par 4 –
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