|Continuing our series on the Caribbean, this week we feature
the Dominican Republic.
All one has to do is check the
guest list to find out how big golf has become in the Dominican Republic.
Before Casa de Campo's brand-new Dye Fore layout opened on a limited basis in the spring
of 2003, three former U.S. Presidents had already hit golf balls on its wide Paspalum
fairways -- the elder George Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
The Dominican Republic has no shortage of quality golf
options, with new courses by Gary Player, P.B. Dye and Pete Dye, and a Jack Nicklaus trio
under construction. Pete Dye's new Dye Fore is a stunning addition to his three other
courses at Casa de Campo, which include Teeth of the Dog, rated 35th in the world by Golf
Magazine. Pete's son P.B. Dye has a dramatic new layout at Punta Cana and another under
construction. Gary Player's cleverly crafted Guava berry is also drawing golfers to the
Dominican Republic, the Caribbean's hottest new destination.
Golf Courses at a Glance
- Casa de Campo
The buzz is all about Pete Dye's fourth and newest course at this outstanding,
multi-faceted resort. Opened April 21, 2003, Dye Fore joins the Teeth of Dog (ranked 35th
in the world), the Links Course, and the private La Romano Country Club. Dye Fore has nine
dramatic clifftop holes; Teeth of the Dog has seven spectacular oceanside holes.
- Guavaberry Country Club
Located at the Coral Resort, this Gary Player-designed track is one of the region's newest
and most challenging.
- Punta Cana Resort and Golf Club
A P.B. Dye creation that is home to more than its fair share of pot bunkers and
spectacular ocean views.
The Dominican Republic is located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic
Ocean, east of Haiti. It has over 1,200 kilometers of coastline, while the rest of the
country borders Haiti. It is slightly more than twice the size of New Hampshire. Santo
Domingo is the capital.
Citizens from the majority of the countries worldwide may travel to the Dominican with
a valid passport. They will also need to purchase a tourist card. It costs US$10 and can
be purchased along with your plane ticket, at Dominican consulates as well as upon your
The average annual temperature in the Dominican fluctuates between 65 and 81 degrees
Fahrenheit. There are two rainy seasons, one in the fall and the other in late spring. The
northern and eastern regions receive the most of the precipitation.
The official language is Spanish while the official currency is the Dominican Republic
Besides golf, the Dominican Republic, with all of its natural
splendor, is well known for its cultural arts. The Teatro Nacional is a modern theatre in
Santo Domingo, and a great place to take in a performance if the timing works out. There
are also many art galleries, craft shows and live music to keep you busy when not scaling
the links or enjoying the plentiful sunshine.
The easiest cities to find flights to Santo Domingo from the United States are New
York, Newark, Philadelphia and Miami. Popular carriers making daily departures and
arrivals include American, Trans World, USAir, American Eagle and Continental. Once on the
ground, you'll find many of the car rental agencies that you are familiar with: Alamo,
Hertz and Budget.
The Dominican Republic's time zone is GMT -2 which is three hours ahead of America's
Eastern Standard Time.
The above maps & information were supplied by TravelGolf.com.
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