Barcelo Bavaro Golf Course Review

Barcelo Bavaro GCLakes at Barcelo Bavaro Golf Course in Dominican Republic

Bavaro, La Altagracia province
Dominican Republic

March 04th, 2011 08:56


First Name rob
Last Name claxton-oldfield
Handicap 9

Course Review and Comments

well basically all my comments are in the individual explanations. i would definitely recommend this golf course its well worth it if you travel to this resort. and most other reviews are before the re-design so really don't take those into consideration unless its post re-design.


Date course was played Sunday 27th of February 2011
Price paid for golf 0
Price comments If your a resort guest they say 3 free rounds included but all you have to pay is 35 american, if your splitting a cart with 2 or more. no option to walk, you have to rent a cart.

If your playing alone its 70 american for a cart if your a quest.

I didn't find out what a non-guest pays.
Course Design Rating
Course Design Comments Before we traveled to the Dominican i tried to find any pictures and info about the course, and it was hard! the only pictures I could find were from before the re-design in 2010, and i couldn't find hardly any info, and yet to know the slope and ratings of the course..after looking at the pictures my expectations were not very high. I arrived and played my first round and could not believe i was playing the same course i had viewed.It was completely different, and i could not recognize hardly any of the holes from before. The layout was very good, it was challenging, but if you can keep the ball even relatively straight you wont find much trouble. lot's of water, and if your not on the fairway or immediate rough, lots of tough lies. and beware of the sand there is lots of it, and lots of rocks in it, on the front but on the back it gets better, and its nice sand if you move the rocks.
Course Greens/Fairways Condition Rating
Course Greens/Fairways Condition Comments The condition of the course was very nice, the fairways were perfect, and every cart had a bottle of sand and seed to fix divots. the greens rolled really nice and all the grass was green.they most of done a great job with new drainage in the re-design, cause everything was nice and green! The only thing i complain about is the sand, which isn't even that bad if they filtered out the rocks. Always had workers out on the course hand-picking weeds, mowing, blowing leafs and sand of greens and fairways. I would say they could move the cups and tees maybe every second day or so because there is lots of traffic on the course and the cups get haggered and the tees get worn.
Course Service Rating
Course Service Comments The service was very good, everyone is friendly and has a hard time speaking english haha. before every round, you can request pick-up and they will meet you at your door to get your clubs and drive you to the course. once at the course they prepare your cart with complementary beer,pop,water, if your a quest. and they send the groups out at a good rate,the pace was always fairly steady, but a good 4 and a half hours to golf if your not out early. and by early i mean 6 thirty. after your round they clean out your cart, and clean off all your clubs. and drive you back to your room.(the more you tip the nicer they treat you, a dollar bill works as that's about 1/4 of what they make a day!)and dont worry about running out of golf balls, you can haggle on the course and get good deals with the workers (but shhh its frowned upon). also no cart girl, but you can get about 5 or 6 drinks before you leave in your on cart cooler, and hot-dogs and sandwich's after 9.also no caddy service offered.
Course Facilities Rating
Course Facilities Comments nice putting green
nice driving range
club house is nice,no big meals offered but snacks and a bar are offered with a tv outside on the patio.
the pro shop has a few balls and hats, some shoes,gloves,and a few random things but not much.
AND PAY THE EXTRA TO SHIP YOUR CLUBS DOWN. its worth it no matter where you travel to golf!!
Course Overall Rating
Play Again Yes
Recommend Yes

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