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Thursday, 24 March 2011

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In our continuing travel series on golf-and-cigar getaways, we’re presenting two award-winning destinations that provide year-round golfing opportunities – both ocean-side and inland. Several of the golf courses are spread out along dramatic, cliff- hugging, ocean-side terrain and provide some of the most majestic and memorable views of any course in the world. Additionally, the resorts are renowned for their luxurious accommodations, superb service and refined dining.

Casa de Campo
Dominican Republic

Artfully situated along the Dominican Republic’s sparkling southeastern coast is the 7,000-acre Casa de Campo, a one-of-a-kind destination that offers three Pete Dye-designed golf courses.

In 2010, Golf Magazine included the popular “Teeth of the Dog” golf course among its “Top 100 Courses of the World” and Travel+Leisure named it as the “Best Golf Course in the Caribbean.” The course draws its name from its signature hole-- a par three situated next to an ocean-side rock cove that is shaped like a dog’s snapping jaws. The oceanfront scenery is intensely lush and dramatic. In fact, golfers must concentrate and avoid letting the captivating views or ocean spray distract them!  Many golfers like to say that there are plenty of other places on the course where the “dog can bite.” For example, hole #5 is set on the ocean’s edge and requires golfers to take their shot at a peninsula green located 175 yards away. Again, the “teeth” show their challenge at hole #7, where golfers must fire onto a green located 224 yards away and hope that the ocean breezes don’t interfere. Local legend has it that many golf balls end up in the ocean, where local kids collect them and sell them back to the tourists!


The Links golf course is located inland and within the Casa de Campo grounds. Its hilly terrain and ocean views offer a uniquely distinctive experience, with plenty of sand traps to keep golfers alert and focused. It was originally developed to reflect the flavor of traditional British and Scottish courses and it features several lagoons and lakes with wading birds.
Cleverly named “Dye Fore,” and the newest course at Casa de Campo, the layout spreads out over an impressive 7,740 yards.  This is a course that must be experienced, both for its innovative architecture as well as its myriad of scenic vistas, including 360-degree ocean views as well as glimpses of the stately Dominican mountains (the highest in the Caribbean). From Dye Fore, golfers will also see the Casa de Campo Marina and the Altos de Chavon artists’ village. In terms of play, Dye Fore offers seven cliff-side holes, which drop 300 feet to the Chavon River below. Many golf experts consider holes # 12 and # 15 to be two of the greatest par 3 holes in the world.

Accommodations at Casa de Campo range from spacious and recently remodeled hotel rooms (155) and ten elegant suites, to a variety of private villas. The villas capture the style reminiscent of Bali’s open-air architecture and seek to bring in the fragrant ocean breezes while the sophisticated décor showcases native touches from the Dominican Republic. One example is the popular, six-bedroom oceanfront “Vila de Laguna del Mar,” which offers a king-size bed in two master suites; two rooms with two double beds; one room with two twin trundle beds; one room with connected twins. It features its own lagoon, private infinity pool, private terrace as well as and private waterfront access via its own seaside boardwalk and pier.


Guests to Casa de Campo will be pleased to choose from over 20 restaurants and 15 bars and lounges. One of the most memorable experiences is the more formal Beach Club by Le Cirque where the cuisine is directed by New York City’s famed Le Cirque restaurant and enhanced with Caribbean flavors. Guests will also enjoy the variety of eateries that offer casual fare, including a wide range of seafood and Spanish-themed dishes.

Located just five minutes (by car) from Casa de Campo’s main hotel is the charming, picturesque artists’ village-- Altos de Chavon. This charming area was built on a high bluff above the sea and was designed to resemble a 16th century southern European village. It is a favorite among visitors from all over the world. Featuring shops, galleries and dining outlets, we recommend a visit to the Montecristo Cigar Lounge. Here, top-tier cigars from around the world can be purchased at factory prices and then enjoyed on the outdoor terrace which overlooks the Dye Fore golf course and Chavon River. Additionally, back at Casa de Campo, there are several areas where guests may enjoy their favorite cigars—including on the golf courses, on their private balconies as well as at the new “La Cana Bar & Lounge” and “The 19th Hole Lounge,” among others. For true cigar lovers, we suggest a complimentary tour of the Tabacalera de Garcia, the largest manufacturer of handmade cigars in the world, located just minutes outside of Casa de Campo.
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