Local July 22, 2015 | 8:57 am

Casa de Campo announces development of new golf facility

La Romana, Dominican Republic.- Casa de Campo, the7,000-acre luxury resort and golf destination in La Romana, Dominican Republic,announces the development of a new driving range and golf practice facility.

Scheduled to open in November 2015, the 25-acre facilitywill replace the current driving range, and make its official debut on-par withthe Dominican golf season – perfectly timed as Casa de Campo’s famed golfcourses reopen after undergoing seasonal maintenance in October, in addition tothe much-anticipated Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC), scheduled forJanuary 2016.

Designed by golf mastermind Pete Dye, and his son, P.B.Dye, the space will feature 48,000 square feet of teeing room, 13 target areas,and a 400 yard driving range – allowing for more golfers to improve their gameat a variety of distances.

Located just south of the 10th and 11th holes of thelegendary Teeth of the Dog course, the new golf facility will include adedicated, short-game practice area with pristine bunkers, challenging grassmounds, and unforgiving depressions will be designed to simulate true courseplay on all three exemplary courses at Casa de Campo.

In addition, the putting green will be planted with freshPaspalum grass, the same type of grass found on the courses – allowing forcontinued consistency from practice to play.

The new golf facility will also serve as home to Casa deCampo’s legendary Jim McLean Golf School. Under the leadership and expertise ofresident Director of Instruction, Eric Lillibridge, the Jim McLean Golf Schoolwill continue to provide players of all levels with the opportunity to improvetheir golf game through individual and group instruction.

Casa de Campo – a member of the Preferred Hotels &Resorts Legend Collection and The Leading Hotels of the World – attractsfinancial moguls, politicos and Hollywood’s elite with the offering of spacioushotel rooms, suites and extravagant villas.

Additional draws include five-star dining at The BeachClub by Le Cirque, a 370-slip Marina & Yacht Club, Polo & EquestrianClub, La Terraza Tennis Center and 245-acre Shooting Club.

Spanning 7,000 tropical acres on the southeastern coastof the Dominican Republic, the world-class destination is also home to threePete Dye-designed golf courses, including famed Teeth of the Dog, in additionto Altos de Chavon – an artisan’s village modeled after a 16th centuryMediterranean city with boutique shops, museums and a 5,000-seat Grecian-styleamphitheater inaugurated by Frank Sinatra in August of 1982.

A short drive away, Santo Domingo International Airport(SDQ) and Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) operate daily with directflights from all major U.S. airports. Additional draws includefive-star dining at The Beach Club by Le Cirque, 370-slip Marina & YachtClub, Polo & Equestrian Club, La Terraza Tennis Center and 245-acreShooting Club.

For ease of arrival, the Casa de Campo La RomanaInternational Airport (LRM) is five minutes from check-in and serviced byJetBlue Airways (with direct routes from JFK three times a week) and AmericanAirlines (daily non-stop service from South Florida). A short drive away, SantoDomingo International Airport (SDQ) and Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) withdaily direct flights from all major US airports.

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