Teeth of the dog at Casa De Campo - No. 18
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Teeth of the dog at Casa De Campo - No. 18
The par-4 18th hole heads back up towards the clubhouse to an elevated green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog G.C. - 7th
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Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog G.C. - 7th
The seaside par 3 at no. 7 on the Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo continues to be one of the Caribbean's most iconic holes. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog G.C. - 5th
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Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog G.C. - 5th
The fifth green on the Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo is a tiny target sitting in the sea. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog G.C. - 6th
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Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog G.C. - 6th
The par-5 sixth hole on the Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo plays along the Caribbean Sea like the two par 3s surrounding it. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog G.C. - 8th
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Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog G.C. - 8th
When the wind howls, the par-4 eighth on the Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo plays even more difficult. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog G.C. - 9th
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Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog G.C. - 9th
The 602-yard ninth hole is the second-longest par 5 on the Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog G.C. - 18th
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Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog G.C. - 18th
A hidden pond can grab approach shots to the 18th green on the Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog G.C. - no. 2
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Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog G.C. - no. 2
The second hole on the Teeth of the Dog golf course at Casa de Campo features wood planks and trunks lining the sand traps. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog G.C. - 4
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Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog G.C. - 4
A large yacht cruises in the distance of the fourth green on the Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog G.C. - 10th
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Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog G.C. - 10th
A drainage wall runs through the 10th fairway on the Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Teeth of the dog at Casa De Campo - No. 17
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Teeth of the dog at Casa De Campo - No. 17
Teeing off on the 17th hole, a short par 4 at Teeth of the Dog. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Teeth of the dog at Casa De Campo - No. 3
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Teeth of the dog at Casa De Campo - No. 3
The par-5 3rd hole at Teeth of the Dog has a small, elevated green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Teeth of the dog - caddies
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Teeth of the dog - caddies
Forecaddies accompany groups at Teeth of the Dog. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Teeth of the dog - 5th hole
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Teeth of the dog - 5th hole
The short and devilish 5th hole is the first ocean hole golfers encounter at Teeth of the dog. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Teeth of the dog - No. 15
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Teeth of the dog - No. 15
The view from behind the 15th green at Teeth of the dog. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Casa de Campo - driving range
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Casa de Campo - driving range
Casa de Campo expanded the driving range at Teeth of the Dog to accommodate the Latin American Amateur Championship in 2016. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Casa De Campo - Gilles Gagnon
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Casa De Campo - Gilles Gagnon
Longtime Casa de Campo Director of Golf Gilles Gagnon tees off on the back nine at Casa De Campo. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Teeth of the Dog - No. 1
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Teeth of the Dog - No. 1
The first hole is a modest, straight par 4 at Teeth of the Dog. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

The old man and the sea: Pete Dye's Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic

LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic -- Pete Dye has never been shy about calling Casa de Campo's Teeth of the Dog Course his best design. That's a bold statement when the PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass and the Straits Course at Whistling Straits -- among countless others -- are on his resume.

The Caribbean Sea swims adjacent to seven holes at Teeth of the Dog, the iconic centerpiece of the luxurious golf retreat, an hour's drive west of Punta Cana and an hour and a half east of the capitol city of Santo Domingo. Dye's 7,471-yard masterpiece, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011, is surprisingly forgiving off the tee until golfers face off with the sea.

Coastal breezes might feel good at the beach, but they torment the ocean holes, nos. 5-8 and nos. 15-17. Bring a camera and an extra sleeve of balls for the three par 3s -- the 176-yard fifth, the signature 229-yard seventh and the 204-yard 16th holes. When the Teeth of the Dog bites, it's the scorecard that feels the pain.


Staff course reviews of Teeth of the Dog: Jason Deegan | Mike Bailey | Brandon Tucker


Video: Golf Advisor visits Casa De Campo, La Romana


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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