DYE DESIGN 101
Located in the interior of the property is the resort’s third exceptional Pete Dye-designed layout, The Links. The moderately hilly layout with tall Bahia grass framing bunkers and undulating greens presents spectacular test of Caribbean golf. The challenging putting surfaces and green complexes showcase the artistry of Dye’s genius. Playing from slightly over 6,700 yards from the back tees, it is considered one of the most-playable courses Dye has designed.
The Links may lack the stunning seaside holes of the Teeth of the Dog, and it doesn’t have quite the same wonderful river views of the Dye Fore layout, but it’s still a top drawer course that plays a fine supporting role to its tougher siblings. Fairways, many of them doglegged, may be wide and forgiving but they do provide an engaging test of golf.
Some enormous waste bunkers await errant shots on the front nine (at holes 5, 6, 7 and 9) but mercifully, there are no water hazards to contend with. That all changes on the 12th hole, however, where a pond runs the length of the fairway then more water comes into play on each of the next four holes.
The Links course was closed for major renovation between May 2011 and March 2012 when all the greens were re-laid, bunkers refurbished and a new irrigation system installed.