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Who Else wants a Golf Break in the Dominican Republic...

Mar 29, 2008
When it comes to holiday times, do you find that your ideal vacation, and that of your partner, are diagonally opposed!

Well, last year, I wanted to find somewhere for my wife and I, where we could both totally relax and unwind from our highly active, but extremely profitable investment properly business. Now, we are "Life Partners" as well as married, and work together to run our own home-based business, so it seemed only fair that we had a break that suited us both.

We had quite definite ideas on what we wanted out of a well-deserved break, and it had to contain the following:-

A hot, sunny beach-side location

A dive shop on-site ( we are both qualified
divers)

Good, local cuisine

Close to the local town, so we could see the
culture

And most of all it had to have a great golf course nearby

So, on the days that we went diving together, there was no conflict at all - apart from the fact that my wife is a risk-taker, so on our dives we quite often ended up deeper than we were qualified for.

But conversely, on the days I wanted to play golf, my wife had all the creature comforts she needed - sun, sea, a bed and shade on the beach, a swim-up bar, and a good book!

So off I went on several days to spend a glorious 4 or 5 hours on the local golf course (including one or two at the 19th with a fantastic Dominican cigar!)

Well, the local golf course just happened to be the an excellent Golf and Country Club, which is on the sunny south-western corner of the Dom Rep, and designed as only Gary Player could have done.

The Gary Player Design Team has really outdone itself this time, creating not only a golf course but a landscaping marvel. They've blended the course design flawlessly into the existing natural environment, giving the impression that the links have been part of this gently-rolling, tropical terrain from the beginning of time.

The course will challenge you with its impressive waste bunkers, deep sand traps, and indigenous coral rock formations that rise up from lush fairways. Together, they make this a course not to be tamed easily.

And if the natural hazards aren't tricky enough for you, the ever-present Caribbean breezes and five different tee positions that cater to every level of play will tempt you to come back and try to conquer Guavaberry again and again.

If you have not played golf on a course like this, uncrowded, with beautiful views, and challenging holes, you have not lived. Cruising round the course in a buggy laden with a 6-pack, water, plenty of sun cream, and loads of spare balls (so you were tempted to try all sorts of tricky shots) , it's like I suppose golfing heaven would be like.

For this holiday our hotel was a really luxurious 5 Star, part of the Hilton chain, situated at Juan Dolio, only an hour's drive to the east of the capital of Santo Domingo, and the fantastic golf course is located about 15 minutes away. Here you are within reach of spectacular beaches, all-inclusive resort hotels, the highest mountains in the Caribbean, and the capital city's Spanish colonial architecture and modern amenities.

Couple this with the friendly locals, and believe me, this was a holiday to die for.
About the Author
With a desire to play golf in hot countries , but have plenty of other distractions to keep you totally relaxed on your vacation, Geoff Morris trudges round the Globe, sampling and enjoying them. Want to follow in his footsteps , then look up some of these ideal locations!
http://www.golftimeout.com
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