Dorado Beach Resort and Club, a 72-hole premier destination resort in Puerto Rico, announced today that the East Course is open for play after undergoing a $6.2 million, 18-month renovation project of all 18 holes.
The renovation, designed by Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects and construction managed by KemperSports, brings the course back to the original Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design, while providing immaculate playing conditions, greater flexibility for a wider range of players and enhanced natural beauty.
“Bringing the East Course back to its former grandeur is just the beginning of our complete renovation of the legendary Dorado Beach Resort,” said Eric Christensen, CEO of Dorado Beach Resort and Club. “With the opening of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve next year, this will again be one of the world’s top resorts, for golfers and guests from all around the world.”
The original Dorado Beach 18-hole golf course was carved through tidal wetlands with views of the Atlantic Ocean. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. in 1958, and was enlarged to its current 36-hole routing in 1966. The East and West courses consistently rank among the best golf courses in the Caribbean. The resort also includes the Plantation Sugarcane Course and Plantation Pineapple Course.
The renovation of the East Course is the first phase of a complete transformation of the property that includes the addition of a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Ritz-Carlton Residences and a complete restoration of the West Course. The hotel is expected to be open by late 2012, and the West Course (also redesigned by Robert Trent Jones II) will begin renovation in 2012.