PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The PGA TOUR’s TPC Network announces the continued expansion of its international portfolio with the launching of TPC Dorado Beach, located at Dorado Beach Resort, a luxury integrated beachfront resort and residential community in Puerto Rico. Debuting in April 2015 under the TPC banner, TPC Dorado Beach will eventually be home to three world-class Caribbean golf courses: the East Course, West Course and Sugarcane Course.
The property’s recently updated East Course will play host to the 2015 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Tour Championship December 3-6, where five players will be awarded status to the Web.com Tour in 2016.
“The PGA TOUR is delighted to further the expansion of the TPC Network brand into the Caribbean with the addition of TPC Dorado Beach, located at a world-class family retreat with a rich, storied history,” said Charlie Zink, PGA TOUR Co-Chief Operating Officer. “We look forward to creating memorable experiences for our members and guests for years to come.”
In 1955, renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. was called on by Laurence S. Rockefeller to create the finest golf resort in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Three years later, the East and West Courses at Dorado Beach Resort & Club opened for play. In 1972, two more courses were added, the Sugarcane and Pineapple.
The par-72 East Course features 7,200 yards of play, with new ultra-dwarf Champion Bermuda greens and a premium number of hole locations on every green. In addition to this year’s PGA TOUR Latinoamérica event, the East Course was the original host site of what is now the Charles Schwab Cup Championship and also hosted the World Cup of Golf in 1961 and 1994.
The Sugarcane Course features a back nine surrounded by rivers and lakes offering a scenic retreat from the oceanfront. Built in 1972, the par-72 Pineapple Course was designed to be the friendlier course for golfers. Its par-four 18th hole features a green set just below the clubhouse terrace. The Pineapple Course will be merged into the West Course, which is currently closed for an enhancement project, to ultimately create a 54-hole resort.
In addition to championship golf courses, Dorado Beach offers plantation-style resort residences, world-class cuisine, and beach activities for the entire family. Dorado Beach is also home to Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, the only Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the western hemisphere and the only Ritz-Carlton Reserve beachfront residences in the world.
The addition of TPC Dorado Beach to the PGA TOUR’s TPC Network comes off the heels of a year in which two additional international properties joined the TPC brand: TPC Cartagena in Colombia and TPC at Baha Mar in The Bahamas. TPC Dorado Beach is now the 34th inclusion to the TPC Network of clubs and the third international property in the portfolio.
About the TPC Network
Licensed by the PGA TOUR, the TPC Network is comprised of 34 premier private, resort and daily fee golf properties designed by some of golf’s most elite architects. Twenty of the clubs are operated by affiliates of PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties, Inc. Each TPC has hosted or has been designed to host TOUR-sponsored golf tournaments. Since TPC Sawgrass first opened its world renowned PLAYERS Stadium Course in the fall of 1980, TPCs have provided the PGA TOUR with rent-free venues for tournaments, helping to boost championship golf purses and increasing charitable donations to grass roots non-profit organizations. At the same time, TPCs have provided recreational golfers with the unique opportunity to test their skills on the same layouts where the world’s best golfers compete.
TPCs are known for their history of hosting PGA TOUR-sponsored golf tournaments, their outstanding conditioning and amenities, as well as a commitment to environmental excellence. The TPC Network is also distinguished by its unwavering commitment to further the PGA TOUR’s “Together, anything’s possible” giving back mission through support of charitable and community-based programs. For more information, please visit www.tpc.com. For the most up-to-date news, follow the TPC Network on Twitter (@PlayTPC), Instagram(@PlayTPC) or Facebook.com/TPCNetwork.
About Dorado Beach Resort
Dorado Beach was redeveloped in 2012 by PRISA Group; one of Puerto Rico’s largest developer-builders of upscale residential and master-planned communities in partnership with CPG Real Estate; one of the largest institutional real estate platforms dedicated to the Caribbean and Latin America. The Resort has been a staple of luxury since the 1950’s; attracting Hollywood moguls, respected politicians and renowned families to this paradisiacal “great park” by invitation of Laurence S. Rockefeller. It is now home to the only Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the western hemisphere, Reserve beachfront residences, estate homes and low rise golf residences and complete with attractive amenities such as “tree house” massage suites at the award winning Spa Botánico, Mi Casa by acclaimed chef Jose Andres, three Robert Trent Jones Sr. golf courses, three miles of magnificent beaches, an 11-mile Rockefeller nature trail, The Watermill, a private water park, private Membership Club and a 8,000-square-foot Dorado Beach Fitness and Wellness Center. The East Course was recently selected as one of the top 10 places to play by Forbes Travel Magazine.
With its serene coastline and palm-fringed beaches, Dorado Beach feels worlds away, yet it is a quick domestic flight from many major cities on the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico’s vibrant capital city of San Juan. From there, it is only a 35-minute drive to the gates of Dorado Beach. Puerto Rico is part of the U.S. with no U.S. passport required, no customs and no currency exchange. Hotel guests and homeowners will have both the convenience of a U.S. location and the exotic luxury of a legendary Caribbean resort.