Dorado resort - East golf course - 14th
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Dorado resort - East golf course - 14th
The par-5 14th hole is one of the most demanding on the East golf course at Dorado Beach Resort & Club. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Dorado resort - East golf course - no. 18
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Dorado resort - East golf course - no. 18
The signature runway tees of Robert Trent Jones Sr. were restored by RTJ Jr. in a renovation of the East Course at Dorado Beach Resort & Club. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Dorado resort - East golf course - 15th
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Dorado resort - East golf course - 15th
Some players might try to drive the 15th green of the East Course at Dorado Beach Resort & Club in Puerto Rico. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Dorado resort - East golf course - 18th
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Dorado resort - East golf course - 18th
The finishing hole on the East Course at Dorado Beach Resort & Club ends near the ocean. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Dorado resort - East golf course - 4th
The famous "Z" hole -- the par-5 fourth -- is the prettiest on the East Course at Dorado Beach Resort & Club in Puerto Rico. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Dorado resort - East golf course - 8th
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Dorado resort - East golf course - 8th
The eighth hole of the East Course at Dorado Beach Resort & Club doglegs to the left. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Dorado resort - East golf course - 1st
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Dorado resort - East golf course - 1st
Head Professional Robert Birtel tees off on the first hole of the East Course at the Dorado Beach Resort & Club. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Dorado resort - East golf course - 6th
An elevated green makes the sixth hole of the East Course at Dorado Beach Resort & Club play tough. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Dorado Beach Resort & Club - Chi Chi Rodriguez
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Dorado Beach Resort & Club - Chi Chi Rodriguez
Golfers will likely run into Chi Chi Rodriguez when playing at Dorado Beach Resort & Club in Puerto Rico. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor

Go west to find the famed East Course at Dorado Beach Resort & Club in Puerto Rico

DORADO, Puerto Rico -- Bay Hill has Arnold Palmer. The Dorado Beach Resort & Club has Chi Chi Rodriguez.

Golfers playing any of the four courses at Dorado will likely run into Puerto Rico's most famous player. Rodriguez has a long history with the resort, working at the famed Dorado East Course during its heyday in the 1960s. He beat Doug Saunders in a Shell's Wonderful World of Golf event in 1964.

Although the West Course is currently closed, Dorado East looks and plays better than ever thanks to a renovation by Robert Trent Jones Jr., finished in 2011. The work added length to the 7,192-yard course, repositioned bunkers, restored his father's signature runway tees and converted the greens to ultra-dwarf Champion Bermuda.

Continued clearing of undergrowth and brush has opened up ocean views from 15 holes and made the entire layout more playable.

The first hole runs right along the beach. The better holes on the back nine climb into the jungle and feature rolling fairways. With the opening of Dorado Beach -- a Ritz-Carlton Reserve -- in 2013, this destination west of San Juan is back on the map.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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