Casa de Campo Resort
La Romana, Dominican Republic, NA
- ALSO GOOD FOR
- Pool / spa / tennis / shooting club / beach club
- Carr La Romana - Higuey, La Romana, La Romana, Dominican Republic, NA 22000
TravelogueA visit to Casa de Campo is the only way to comprehend its sheer size (7,000 acres), postcard beauty, and staff so friendly you’ll be snapping selfies with them the first day. This iconic Dominican Republic golf resort is approaching its 50th birthday, but it doesn’t show. Pete Dye’s famous Teeth of the Dog opened in 1971, and new ownership has invested heavily in its — and the entire property’s — longevity. What was old is new again, highlighted by the swanky new Minitas Beach Club just steps from the Caribbean. Exploring the expansive property is easy, as guests are handed the keys to their own four-seat golf cart upon check-in. The longest haul is out, and up, to Dye Fore, Dye’s 27-hole layout spread atop a bluff overlooking the Chavon River. For ease of access (and a warm-up round), the underrated Links course (renovated in 2012) winds through the interior of the resort and offers glimpses of the ocean. Casa de Campo’s crescendo is Teeth of the Dog. Seven holes play hard along the Caribbean, while the remaining 11 wind through groves of coconut palms and cashew trees.
6 things you need to know
1. Best time to go:December through April is peak season; summer offers incredible value and juniors play for free.
2. Daily stay-and-plays start at:$300
3. Golf experience:Three dynamite courses in Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and The Links.
4. Best non-golf amenity:Altos de Chavon, a replica 16th century Mediterranean village with working artists, shops and restaurants.
5. While you're there:Check out the new Minitas Beach Club, with its expansive deck, infinity pool and specialty cocktails.
6. Insider tip:Hop the high-speed ferry to the private Catalina Island to enjoy a tranquil, pristine beach experience.