Casa de Campo, one of the Caribbean’s most exclusive resorts, has received many important international awards over the years as the leading golf destination in the region.
The awards have also confirmed that the resort’s Teeth of the Dog golf course has, for decades, been included on the list of the world’s top 50 golf courses. The last award issued to this internationally-famous resort was the World Travel Awards 2014.
However, the resort has also received the following awards, such as: Best Golf Course in the Caribbean, Best Golf Course and Best Hotel for Golfers in the Dominican Republic. Also: the Best Resort and Best Spa in the Dominican Republic.
Casa de Campo president Rafael Torres recently highlighted how much these awards have meant for the resort and for the country as well.
These international distinctions, such as the resort’s selection as Golf Resort of the Year 2014 – issued by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), the world’s most important golf tourism associations – have placed the country in a truly privileged position.
This particular award is presented after evaluating the opinions of 500 golf specialists from 62 countries, and is based on factors such as customer satisfaction, the quality of golf courses, accommodations and quality-price values.
Last year the Dominican Republic was named “Golf Destination 2014″ in the Caribbean and Latin America.
This opinion was also shared by important trade magazines, such as: Links Magazine, Golf Magazine, Travel Weekly and Cigar Aficionado.
All included Casa de Campo on the list of the world’s top golf resorts, while the Professional Golfers’ Association included it on the list of the “25 Great Golf Courses of the World.”
The resort’s international prestige explains why the resort has been chosen as the venue for the second annual Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC) in 2016, a new amateur tournament founded by the Masters Tournament, the R & A and the USGA, all considered among the world’s top golf organizations.
The winner of LAAC will be able to participate in the qualifiers for the British Open Championship and US Open, said Torres.
Casa de Campo features 90 holes, divided into four golf courses three of them of international fame and designed by Pete Dye (Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore, The Links and La Romana Country Club).
THE GOLF COURSES
The Teeth of the Dog golf course was built in 1971, and features seven seaside holes. This golf course has been recognized as the number one green in all of Latin America, and included on the list of the world’s best courses.
The Dye Fore, situated on the cliffs of Altos de Chavon, faces the nearby Chavon River. In this particular golf course the winds are a determining factor in the development of the game.
The Links is a Scottish-type design where the greens are protected by numerous bunkers, featuring small hills and undulations.
La Romana Country Club, with four tees to accommodate all levels of play, good for practicing short games.
MUCH MORE THAN GOLF
Aside from the excellent golf facilities, Casa de Campo provides its guests with 28 square kilometers of land featuring five-star restaurants such as The Beach Club by Le Cirque and La Cana by Il Circo. The resort is also home to the resort’s plush spa and the nearby artist community of Altos de Chavon, a replica of a 16th Mediterranean-style village home to the country’s only Greek-style 5,000 seat amphitheater, inaugurated in the early 1980s by Frank Sinatra.
The resort also features a luxury cruise port, a marina at the mouth of the Chavon River, with capacity for 350 boats up to 250 feet long, a shooting center; three polo grounds, and a gymnasium.