The Links at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic: The world's friendliest Pete Dye golf course?

LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic -- The Links Course at Casa de Campo isn't just the easiest of the resort's three golf courses, it just might be the most forgiving course Pete Dye has ever designed.

Its slope from the tips is a mere 126, well below the challenging 140 slope of the gold tees on the Teeth of the Dog along the shore. The 7,003-yard, par-71 Links isn't without some trouble spots, although there's more bark than bite. Most of its wide fairways bend left or right, challenging players to pick the proper angle off the tee.

Dozens of fairway and greenside bunkers of all sizes and shapes catch sloppy shots. Five straight holes on the back nine (nos. 12-16) interact with inland lagoons. With water lurking, the tee shots of the 178-yard 13th and 167-yard 16th holes feel like the most dangerous swings of the day. If you can't score on the Links, good luck on the Teeth.

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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