For the second consecutive year, the Dominican Republic was given the award for “Best Golf Destination of the Caribbean and Latin America.” The award was issued by the Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO). Some 450 tour operators – generating 85% of all golf tours in the world and representing 59 countries – participated in a recent survey carried out by the Association.
The award was received by Petra Cruz, director of the Ministry of Tourism’s European Department. Ms. Cruz headed the Dominican delegation that participated in the International Tourism Golf Fair (IGTM), held in the Portuguese town of Vilamoura, November 12-15.
The award was issued after 450 tour operators, representing 59 countries that generate 85% of all golf vacations in the world, voted for the Dominican Republic.
Participants considered various factors that are important to golf lovers, such as overall satisfaction, quality of the golf courses, facilities, quality/price ratio, and accessibility.
Golf Lovers Island
Recently the Dominican Republic also won the “Best Golf Island of the Year” award, issued during the “Caribbean World Travel & Living Awards 2012” sponsored by Caribbean World Magazine.
World Class Golf
The best golf course architects in the world have left their mark on the country’s geography, making the Dominican Republic the leading tourism destination in the Caribbean for golf lovers.
The select group of internationally renowned designers consists of Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, P. B. Dye, Gary Player, Tom Fazio, Nick Faldo, Nick Price and Robert Trent Jones. Seventeen of the country’s 25 existing golf courses have been built by these golf legends.
Leading the list of leading golf courses is the Puntacana Resorts & Club, “Casa de Campo” and Cap Cana, all situated in the country’s eastern most region. All these golf courses have appeared in prominent trade publications.