World-qualifying courses, contrasted by oceanfront holes, helped drive 45 percent increase in golf tourism

SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Oct. 31, 2017 – Dominican Republic’s captivating landscapes accompanied by picturesque Caribbean shores and tropical climate create the perfect scene for a week’s itinerary on its breathtaking golf courses. According to the International Association of Golf Tour Operators, the Dominican Republic golf industry has grown more than 45 percent in the last five years. This is a result of golf enthusiasts flocking like never before to the country’s courses, and stopping at beaches, cultural excursions and more along the way.

This October 1-5, Dominican Republic hosted 68 golfers from around the globe for the 4th Annual Dominican Republic Golf Travel Exchange, at Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa in Cap Cana. Golf enthusiasts, media and tour operators were invited to preview the country’s elite golf offerings prior to Dominican Republic’s first PGA Tour event to be held March 19-25, 2018 at the signature designed Tom Fazio course, Corales, located inside of Punta Cana Resort & Club.

“Dominican Republic is the ideal getaway for golfers; with our one-of-a-kind natural landscapes and world- acclaimed golf infrastructure, it is no surprise we are the Golf Capital of the Caribbean,” said Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. “Sunny skies, cool ocean breezes and lush fairways, alongside hospitable staff, are certain to set the stage for a dream golf getaway for beginners and pros alike.”

APPROVED_DR Golf Release_31 17-2The 2017 exchange highlighted Punta Cana and La Romana’s extensive offerings for golf and travel. Events included the Pete Dye-designed Teeth of the Dog situated within Casa de Campo Resort in La Romana, known as the course that put DR on the map for golf and was recognized by Golf Magazine as #49 in the world; and Punta Espada in Cap Cana, a course which graces golfers with picture-perfect views of the Caribbean and its emerald fairways. Punta Espada is a Jack Nicklaus course that was celebrated by GolfWeek as the best golf course in the Caribbean and Mexico. Golfers are certain to be mesmerized and challenged at these courses while improving their game.

It’s safe to say golfers looking to take in all angles of the Caribbean are in luck. This month, Dominican Republic celebrated the expansion of La Romana Golf Club. Located within the Playa Nueva Romana, the renovated course with an additional 9 holes boasts four waterfront holes (seven, eight, sixteen and seventeen) alongside the Caribbean Sea. This addition helps solidify the country as the “It” destination for golf travel, allowing golfers the liberty of squeezing in a round or two of golf, and a trip to the sea—all in a day’s game.

Golfers looking to explore fairways off the East Coast are invited to choose between the country’s 26 picturesque destination courses along the coast and inland. Santo Domingo, the capital city, is home to many pristine golf courses including Guavaberry Golf & Country Club in Juan Dolio, a captivating course with a crystal-clear waterfall at the 13th hole. In Río San Juan, the Playa Grande Golf Course is a can’t- miss, blending views of the Atlantic Ocean with the vegetation of thick and leafy palm trees.

Whether golfers want to rotate from course to course, soak up the sun via catamaran, or dine their way through the country’s culinary options, Dominican Republic has it all.

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About Dominican Republic

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, our lush tropical and paradisiacal country boasts nearly 1,000 miles of coastline, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options. Here you can dance to the pulse pounding thrill of the merengue, renew in our luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, delight in delicious Dominican gastronomy or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers and beaches.

Known for our warm and hospitable people, Dominican Republic is a destination like no other, featuring astounding nature, intriguing history and rich cultural experiences like music, art and festivals, plus uniquely Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, merengue, amber and larimar.

Dominican Republic features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike. Visit Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official website at:



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