Play+Stay: Casa de Campo
Casa de Campo is on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. Private and commercial jets can fly into Casa de Campo/La Romana International Airport, ten minutes away (two other airports are farther afield); American Airlines has daily nonstop service from Miami. Arrange airport transfers in advance. If arriving by yacht, call 809-523-2111 for a slip reservation.
Golf can be played year-round, but the best time is October through May, when temperatures average eighty degrees.
Call 800-877-3643 or 305-856-5405, or visit casadecampo.cc.
Choose from 300 guest rooms ($287-$610 per night, January 2 through April 20; less off-season) or 150 villas (starting at $770, January 2 through April 20). Excel Club villas (with VIP services) are available starting at $945 in high season; oceanfront and special-request villas are available starting at $4,500 per night, high season. Guests can pay À la carte for accommodations, meals and activities, but it's better to go with a "Completely Casa" or "Completely Golf" package. Both include: accommodations; all meals and drinks; horseback riding, tennis and nonmotorized water sports; taxes and charges. The golf package additionally includes daily greens fees, carts and tee times. Completely Golf packages range from $386 to $539 per person, January 2 through April 20, less in the off-season.
The three resort courses are all Pete Dye designs:
Teeth of the Dog (1971). Yardage: 6,989. Slope: 137.
The Links (1977). Yardage: 6,664. Slope:126.
The new course (as yet unnamed). Will open in April 2003.
Guests not in the golf plan can pay greens fees ($196, Teeth of the Dog; $140, Links); other options include a three-day supplemental golf package ($354) and weeklong golf membership ($504).
Available throughout the resort, the marina and in the village of Altos de Chavon.
Casa de Campo boasts eleven restaurants and snack shops offering fare ranging from traditional Dominican to homemade brick-oven pizza.
A new tropical spa is planned for a mid 2003 opening.
Besides golf, Casa de Campo offers tennis, shooting, fishing, horseback riding and polo. Excursions offshore to nearby Catalina Island and to the Chavon River as well as tours of Santo Domingo are also available.
Complimentary bus service is provided for resort guests, and carritos can be rented by those staying in guest rooms (included for villa guests). Rental cars are available; Hertz, Alamo and National have offices at the resort.