Hole #1
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Mirilla (Peephole)
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Par: 5
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Yards: 525
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From an elevated tee, the generous landing area is in the
valley below, with a reachable lake on the left. The route
then becomes tight and all uphill to a shallow green –
occasionally reachable in two. Trouble is everywhere to
the left of the green.
Hole #2
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Escarlatina (Scarlet Tanager)
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Par: 4
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Yards: 422
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Short and simple, but narrow, demanding a tee shot
between the fairway bunkers. The green is surrounded by
grassy dunes and guarded by two, sod-faced bunkers on
the left that can be punishing.
Hole #3
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Abre Quebrada (Abracadabra)
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Par: 4
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Yards: 375
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Playing downhill through a valley, bending slightly to the
right, the green is hidden but reachable from the tee. The
wide landing area tapers to an extended fairway, actually
passing by the raised green on the right side.
Hole #4
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Lagrima (Tear Drop)
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Par: 3
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Yards: 166
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Playing across a deep swale to a two-tier green, the false
front falls off sharply downhill into a shaved collection
area. The double-tiered green climbs uphill to the back,
with bunkering on both sides guarding the higher level.
Hole #5
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Sumidero (Sink Hole)
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Par: 4
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Yards: 420
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The tee shot is downhill into the wind and best aimed just
left of the palm tree in the middle to reach a generous,
split-level, landing area. Then the hole tightens to an
elevated, three-tier green protected by a penal bunker in
front. Bunkers left catch errant shots while a deep canyon
right and behind do not.
Hole #6
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Yogi Berra (Fork in the Road)
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Par: 4 / 5
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Yards: 493 / 622
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This one-of-a-kind design starts uphill, over water and
sharing the same tee and landing area – “The Fork”
– and then turns right to the par 4 and left to the par
5, each with its own fairway and green. The par 4
(designed by Stanley Pasarell) plays slightly uphill to
a large green complex, which includes two penalizing
sod-faced bunkers center and left. The par 5 (designed
by Charlie Pasarell) presents an option to reach the
green in two by crossing over a penalizing waste area, or
play safe, up the left side, setting up a short shot to the
narrow, three-tier green.
Hole #7
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Quejas (Complaints)
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Par: 4
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Yards: 463
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A slight dogleg left, the fairway opens on the right, while
trees block view to the center and left. The landing area is
crossed about 285 yards out by a meandering “Scottish”
burn. Play the second shot to the narrow opening on the
left of the large green which nests amid grassy dunes and
is protected by three bunkers.
Hole #8
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Santuario (Sanctuary)
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Par: 5
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Yards: 605
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From the tee, the lake on right is reachable, while there is
OB on the entire left side, tee to green. The large green
is guarded by the Charca del Diablo (Devil’s Pond) along
the front right, also two-thirds of the green falls away from
the water from right to left, while the back third slopes into
the water.
Hole #9
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Charca del Diablo (Devil’s Pond)
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Par: 3
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Yards: 174
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Both enchanting and intimidating, the island green is a
straightaway carry from the tee. Surrounded by water, the
wide green sits atop weathered stone. A front pot bunker
can be a safe target, or a looming problem.
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Royal Isabela
HOLE-BY-HOLE DESCRIPTIONS
A FITTING NAME FOR A MAJESTIC GOLF COURSE
THE NEW ROYAL ISABELA, PUERTO RICO
Photo Credit Courtesy Joann Dost
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