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April 30, 2024

Jerry Pate will restore the Teeth of the Dog

By Alabama Golf News Staff
Teeth of the Dog golf coursse

LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic Casa de Campo Resort & Villas – named in Golf magazine’s “Top 100 Golf Resorts in the World” – announced that its Pete Dye-designed Teeth of the Dog golf course will undergo a restoration led by Jerry Pate Design beginning January 2025. 

Since opening in 1971, Teeth of the Dog has become widely known as Dye’s masterpiece and has been long considered the No. 1 course in the Caribbean.

Dye’s design hallmarks are all showcased on the dramatic seaside layout: railroad ties, vast waste areas, peninsula greens and tees, hand-sculpted putting surfaces and a unique assortment of pot bunkers. The seven exceptional oceanfront holes are astoundingly beautiful, causing Dye to famously quip: “I created 11 holes and God created seven.”

Startingnext Jan. 20, Pate and his team will work on modernizing and updating the classic 18 with an assortment of predominantly cosmetic enhancements, the chief being a complete regrassing of Teeth of the Dog with Dynasty Paspalum – an salt-tolerant cultivar ideal grass for seaside courses.

In addition to the new state-of-the-art turf on the tee boxes, fairways and greens, three inches of sand will be added to the fairways before seeding for improved playability and irrigation. 

Pate and his team will additionally return the surrounding edges of Teeth of the Dog’s greens to their original size as first fashioned by Dye with some slight recontouring as well.

All greenside bunkers will be reshaped and expanded to flat bottoms with enhanced faces for a sharper, more dramatic look. All cart paths will feature new concrete along with new rock paths curbing around the tees and greens. Following the modernization, Teeth of the Dog will reopen for resort and member play in November 2025. 

“We are honored to assist in securing the incredible legacy Pete Dye created with Teeth of the Dog as we ready the course to be enjoyed by golfers for decades to come,” says Andres Pichardo Rosenberg, president of Casa de Campo. “Pete not only created his classic Teeth of the Dog layout for us, but his Dye Fore and Links creations are golfing gems that also stand testament to his exceptional body of work.”

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Featured image courtesy of Casa de Campo

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