Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

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Casa de Campo
Club information
Coordinates18°24′00″N 68°55′00″W / 18.40000°N 68.91667°W / 18.40000; -68.91667
LocationLa Romana, Dominican Republic
Owned byCentral Romana Corporation, Ltd.
WebsiteCasa de Campo - Golf
Teeth of the Dog
Designed byPete Dye
Course rating74.1
Dye Fore
Designed byPete Dye
Course rating77.0
The Links Course
Designed byPete Dye
Course rating70

Casa de Campo (Spanish for "Country House") is a Ponderosa-style tropical seaside resort in La Romana on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic. It was developed in 1975 by Gulf+Western on 7,000 acres (28 km2) of its Central Romana sugar mill's land.

The first to enjoy the luxuries of this enclave were friends of Charles Bluhdorn, Gulf+Western's founder and CEO, who built the retreat. One of Bluhdorn's Dominican friends, Oscar de la Renta, was hired to do interior design for Casa De Campo. After Bluhdorn's death, the Cuban-American Fanjul family (the world's top sugar barons), bought Casa and opened it to paying guests.[1][2]

Golf architects Pete and Alice Dye have had a home at Casa de Campo since the early 1970s, when they guided 300 local laborers with machetes to blaze the Diente del Perro, (Teeth of the Dog, opened in 1971) through the jungle and along a rocky coast. The world's golfers flocked to the course after it served as a backdrop for the 1971 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.[3] It remains the only Caribbean course consistently in the world's top 100 courses (usually top 50). The Links Course (opened in 1974) and the members-only La Romana Country Club (opened in 1990) are inland layouts spiced with lakes. Dye's newest course, the much-acclaimed Dye Fore (opened in 2000), skirts cliffs 300 feet (91 m) above the Chavón River, with views of the village of Altos de Chavón, distant mountains and the new marina. Dye recently completed another course on the plateau next to Dye Fore, called the Dye Fore Lakes.

Casa de Campo has over 1,700 private villas, which range in price from US$500,000 to US$24,000,000, making it also one of the countries' most affluent communities, comparable to the Hamptons.

Completed in 2000, Casa de Campo has a modern, 400-berth marina, complete with a shipyard with a 120-ton TraveLift designed by Italian architect, Gian Franco Fini to resemble Portofino. Surrounding this harbor are over 70 restaurants, shops, bars, and homes. In 2010, the Casa de Campo Marina played host to the Rolex Farr 40 sailing cup.

Casa de Campo served as the backdrop for the 1987 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.[4]

Notable golf championships held at Casa de Campo[edit]


  1. ^ Cole, Robert J. (6 October 1984). "Sugar Sale By G.&W". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  2. ^ Treaster, Joseph (28 December 1986). "A Dominican Respite From Reality". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  3. ^ Campbell, Julie (1 February 1971). "A New Era for an Old Island". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  4. ^ Campbell, Julie (9 February 1987). "Sugar and Spice and Oh, So Nice". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 15 January 2015.

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