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“Gotta like water”

Barcelo Lakes Golf Course
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The Lakes Golf Club at Barcelo Hotel in Punta Cana
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Montreal, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Gotta like water”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

For all the golf fanatics this golf course is for you. Challenging
and enjoyable. Keep the ball in the fairway and you wont have a problem. The fairways and greens are in excellent shape. you will love it.

Visited January 2013
2 Thank Tony P
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Caledon, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good golf course”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

We went in Jan 11, 2013 and the winter winds were blowing and the ball was going all over. Shot under 100 but lost about 12 balls due to the winds and water.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Jim S
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Nice course”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Very pretty course. Nice layout, pretty landscaping. Could use a ranger to keep pace of play up to par, but worth playing.

Visited December 2012
2 Thank Larry G
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Yorktown, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Substandard Course - AWFUL Staff and Policies”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

I just wrote a glowing review for the resort I stayed with. While leaving the resort I told a few newcomers that the only unpleasant experience I had while I was in the DR was this place.

The course was designed by PB Dye. PB's designs are usually uninspiring immitations of his father's work, but still better than the norm. As such, I couldn't complain about the layout. There were a few interesting and visually appealing holes; particularly the Par 3 9th and 12th holes and the Par 4 18th hole. The conditioning was poor. The fairways were saturated despite little rain prior to the round, and the greens were grainy. Although I will admit that the roll on the greens was relatively true despite the fact that they looked terrible. In my hometown (southeastern VA) you'd expect to pay about $35 off season and $65 during peak seasons.

Now allow me to start in on the pro-shop and cart barn staff. There was one pro-shop attendee. He wouldn't look me in the eye. He only glared at me and barely acknowledged my existence. I arrived prior to two other groups which he helped before me. I asked for a yardage guide and he acted like I was asking a stupid question. He spoke decent English to the early 30's European lady he helped before me (who entered the pro shop AFTER me), but when I was asking questions his English suddenly escaped him. He also tried to charge me for two rounds of golf because my wife was going to accompany me in the cart. The date I played was December 30th and it was a morning tee time. Having worked in pro-shops before, I found his behavior incomprehensible and I seriously hope he isn't a registered member of the PGA.

The cart barn staff didn't redeem the service aspect of my experience. First, we were supposed to be given drinks and a cooler. I received neither. After asking for range balls I was informed of their policy that prohibited hitting balls on the range any more than 10 minutes prior to the player's tee time. The reason I was given was that you should only need 10 minutes to hit the 10-15 balls they give you. Of course, none of this information was relayed politely. Furthermore, I wasn't permitted to ride the cart over to pick up my pregnant wife. Instead, she had to walk from the clubhouse to the cart barn. I showed one of the cart barn attendants my receipt and gave it to him. I was asked to see my receipt three separate times, as though they didn't trust that I had paid. The one inkling of positive service I recall from that day took place on the 10th tee. When we made the turn a gentlemen asked us if we wanted anything to drink. He then walked over to my cart and saw that I had no cooler. He asked why there wasn't one and then just rolled his eyes (I'm assuming he wasn't surprised that the barn staff sucks) and offered me his. He also complemented my wife, which goes a long way in my book. Unfortunately this one gentlemen's service doesn't redeem an overall awful experience.

I travel to play golf often. I'm not picky and I'm not bias. I wrote this review simply to help steer people from having the same experience I did. Stay away from this place. Spend the money for La Cana.

Visited December 2012
3 Thank VirginianTraveler328
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Chateauguay, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Played the course on Christmas day, AWESOME!”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

It was a beautiful day for golf, very nice course and the weather, although very hot, was great. I would definitely recommenend this course.

Visited December 2012
Thank F1man1961
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