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The Lakes Barcelo Golf Course - Dominican Republic - Hole #9

The Lakes Barcelo Golf Course - Dominican Republic Golf Review

An Insightful Interview With Sergio Poo, Director of Golf

By Brian Weis

Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Sergio Poo, Director of Golf at The Lakes Barcelo Golf Course, who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Located on the east cost of the beautiful Caribbean Island of The Dominican Republic, this breath taking 1991 room luxurious resort, invites you to enjoy the first golf course ever built in the Bavaro / Punta Cana area over 20 years a go. Re-design by renowned acquitted P.B Dye in 2010 this Championship golf course keep his original essence, the rolling fairways that traverses trough a lush mangrove forest, with 25 inland lakes and 122 strategically positioned bunkers, the golf course capitalizes on the natural beauty of the Bávaro area, incorporating native plants and species, around it's meticulously manicured greens providing you best playing surface with the highest industry standards.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
The Lakes Barcelo Golf Course perfectly located in Punta Cana, it is in the heart of the Bavaro area and its very easy to get to.
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What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Keep you driver in the bag as much as possible, the golf course is not very long so you don't need to bomb it down there, club selection is key.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Hole #9 160 yards par 3. Elevated island green surrounded by water and sand bunkers. The tee shot is nerve racking for most golfers because it is over the water into swirling winds. The hole is beautiful to play and beautiful to see.

Hole #9 Flyover

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
Hole #4 par 5 535 yards.
This dog leg to the left par five requires all your senses, with a predominant cross left to right and in your face wind this holes offers you the risk and reward option, the left side of the dog leg is protected with a tall three almost impossible to over it, the right side has a bunker that will protect your ball from going in to the jungle. Your second shot from the fairway will give you the option to go for it, you will require a high and long shot to fly all the bunkers and grass dunes that guard this wide green. I you decide to play safe a mid iron will do the job leaving a short shot in to the protected green with a bunker on the let side and back center.

Hole #4 Flyover

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Gazpacho, better than Spain!!!

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Jorge Cruz, 67 May 19th 2012

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 6655 yards
Slope: 72.1
Rating: 135

More Information
The Lakes Barcelo Golf Course
Carretera Bavaro Km. 1, Bavaro
Punta Cana, Higuey, 00000 +1 809 686 5797 Ext. 1859

Revised: 10/07/2014 - Article Viewed 30,455 Times

About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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