PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic – Greetings from the most visited destination and lively island in the Caribbean, where the top four tourist phrases are “Hola” (hi); “Buenos Dias” (good morning); “Buenas Tardes” (good afternoon) and “Buenas Noches” (good evening).
The Dominican Republic is a geographically diverse nation with a population about 11 million and average year-round temperature of 78 degrees. Known for its beautiful beaches and multitude of resorts, the DR offers several spectacular oceanfront golf courses and dozens of first-class hotels ready, willing and able to make your visit safe, comfortable, fun and affordable.
Note to first-time visitors: There is such a thing as “Dominican time” when it comes to events; so expect a one or two hour delay, except when it comes to tee times. And, warm turquoise waters make the DR a veritable playground for water-sports fans.
The DR is indisputably the golfing capital of the Caribbean, both in terms of the quantity and quality of the golf. It boasts more courses – 26 at last count – than any other country in the region, and many are truly memorable with pristine greens and emerald fairways, and lots of courses have oceanfront holes with breathtaking views over azure seas.
Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa, an all-inclusive, adults-only oceanfront resort, one of 11 properties in the DR in the world-wide prestigious AMR Collection, recently hosted the 7th annual Dominican Republic Golf Travel Exchange. Secrets, an award-winning property that includes personal concierge for each guest, is located within minutes of both Punta Cana International (PUJ) and three of the best golf courses on the island — Punta Espada GC, Corales, and La Cana GC.
“Golf tourism is alive and well in the Dominican Republic,” said Teddy De Lara, president of Target Marketing Consultants. “We want golfers to know that you are welcome here in the DR and that we provide nothing but the highest safety and sanitary standards in the industry.”
The mission of DR Golf Travel Exchange is to promote the DR as an ideal destination for golfers. This year’s Exchange, in particular, highlighted that the pandemic has suppressed but has not strangled access to the DR’s most lavish resorts and spectacular layouts.
The DR Golf Travel Exchange 2021 agenda, now in its 7th edition, included specialized seminars, golf championship at the Punta Espada Golf Club, networking and business meetings where Dominican hoteliers, golf course directors and local and international tour operators met with tour operators, golf course directors, international media, national press, representatives of tourist associations and special guests. Sixty-two delegates participated from 18 different countries including the United States, Venezuela, Panama, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Poland, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Spain and the Czech Republic, all with the goal of promoting the DR as the ideal destination for the golf industry.
“This is a wonderful time to travel to the Dominican Republic,” said Luis Núñez, Regional Director of the AMR Collection for the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. “All sanitary protocols are implemented and every safety precaution is in place to assure each guest a healthy, happy, memorable and affordable experience. Please tell your family and friends to visit the Dominican Republic for a vacation that will create memories that last a lifetime.”
Secrets Cap Cana Resort and Spa offers first-class golf packages based on double occupancy to complement its first-class, all-inclusive resort. A four-nights, all-inclusive Stay-and-Play package with three rounds of golf, one each at Punta Espada, Corales, and La Cana, is priced at $368 per person per night through November 24, and then is $423 from November 25 – December 22. Round trip transfers from both PUJ and the individual courses are part of the plan. Puntacana Resort and Club also has Stay-and-Play packages, which can be accessed from their golf website. The dates for the 2022 event are September 25-29!
Yes friends, the Dominican Republic ‘has it all.’ But you must visit here to appreciate its beauty!