PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic – The Dominican Republic’s lush landscapes contrasted against stunning aquamarine shores create an idyllic setting for some of the world’s most breathtaking golf courses.
Golfers traveling from the United States to play on one of the Dominican Republic’s 29 courses know they are one-of-a-kind experiences. With magnificent golf courses bordering the Caribbean Sea, and 86 ocean-front holes, it is no surprise that golfers are once again returning to the “Dominican” to enjoy facilities of the highest caliber and a warm climate that allows for a unique and memorable experience.
Renowned for having the most magnificent golf courses in the Caribbean region and Latin America, the Dominican Republic is the undisputed golf leader in the tropics.
At least seven of the country’s courses have consistently topped Golfweek Magazine’s Top 50 courses in the Caribbean and Mexico, including Punta Espada in the top 10. Los Corales—where the 2021 Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship is being held March 25-28 – is also a top choice for first-time visitors. The “Dominican” held its first PGA Tour event in 2018 at Teeth of the Dog, at Casa de Campo, which is ranked the No. 1 since 2009.
From La Romana to Punta Cana, Juan Dolio, and Puerto Plata, the “Dominican’s” courses, counting 86 sea-facing holes and 39 ocean-side, offer you tee time by the sea, or along lush inland courses designed by the most acclaimed golf course architects, including Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Gary Player, Tom Fazio, Nick Price, and Greg Norman. Whether champion or hobby player, you’ll enjoy trying your hand at the spectacular courses.
For U.S. golfers, it’s easier than ever to reach the Dominican Republic. Cities including Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and Houston offer direct flights, so golfers can plan tee times for the days they arrive or depart.
Dominican Republic’s tourist-friendly golf courses help visitors save time and eliminate the hassle of packing clubs by offering professional-grade rentals at all locations.
COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS
To ensure that visiting golfers hit the greens safely and worry-free, the Dominican Government, through the Ministry of Tourism and Public Health, has announced that it is offering free antigen testing to all international visitors staying at a hotel to meet the new Centers for Disease Control’s travel protocols requiring travelers as of January 26, 2021, returning to the U.S. to present proof of a negative COVID-19 or antigen test before departure.
On January 26, these rapid tests will be administered at no cost by technical health personnel at the hotels, and the test results will be certified by the Ministry of Health. From coast-to-coast, hotels around the country are well prepared to assist their guests in coordinating their appointments and deliver their results.
The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism (MITUR) highlighted that as of January 19, the laboratories’ current capacity is at 11,000 daily tests, which prioritizes attention to visitors and locals.
In preparation for the forthcoming requirement over the next few months, testing capacity will be increased by 40 percent to ensure that no traveler has issues returning to their outbound destination. At an additional cost, hotels will also offer PCR tests to all guests who request them.
Additionally, in December 2020, Ministry of Tourism announced the continuation of the free health coverage plan to March 31, 2021, for tourists arriving on commercial flights and staying at a hotel.
The program, which was initially set to cover tourists only through January 1, 2021, is effective from the moment of check-in at a hotel and covers all medical emergencies, including those caused in the event of an infection or exposure to COVID-19 while in-country, as well as this forthcoming offering of complementary antigen testing.
The free health coverage plan includes complete care with coverage for medical emergencies in case of COVID-19, including ambulatory visits, hospitalizations, medicines, prolonged visits due to medical emergencies, specialists attention, visits at various health centers throughout the country, transportation in case of emergency, hospital expenses and penalty costs for flight changes.
The health coverage extension and the free testing are the most recent addition to the Responsible Tourism Recovery Plan, underscoring MITUR’s commitment to excellence within the tourism industry, a driving force for the Dominican economy.
With these measures, the Ministry of Tourism reaffirms its commitment to continued collaboration with the public and private sector to ensure travelers’ safety best as well as promote a sustainable recovery of the industry.