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The Golf Rum Diaries –Royal Isabela, Puerto Rico’s Garden of Delight

ISABELA, P.R.–It was one of those magical nights that would only have been better if a beautiful woman had been beside me. High on a rocky cliff-top overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the air perfumed by violet, maga (Puerto Rico’s version of hibiscus), tropical lilies, fragapane, banyon, avocado,and countless other fragrant flora, I bask in one of the great pleasures...

The Off-shore USA Scoreboard So Far

THE OFFSHORE U.S. SCORECARD (So far) 1. Dye Fore (Marina-Chavon) 2. Teeth of the Dog 3. Mid-Ocean 4. Diamante (Dunes) 5. Cabo Del Sol (Ocean) 6. La Romana Country Club 7. Dorado Beach (East) *Tucker’s Point **Dorado Beach (West) *Tucker’s Point is in the midst of an excellent restoration/renovation by golf architect Mark Fine and Director of Golf Paul...

The 2013 Jazzy Awards – Greg Tallman PGA Head Professional

PGA Head Professional of the Year – Greg Tallman Greg Tallman isn’t just the Director of Golf at the number one golf resort in all Mexico and Central America, Cabo del Sol. He’s a regional jefe of the tourism and travel industries – powerful, resourceful, and remarkably well-informed. He has a hand in everything, golf operations, travel itineraries...

La Romana Country Club at Casa de Campo – More Great Pete Dye in the Dominican Republic

[Editor’s Note: Happy Thanksgiving! We begin our yearly Jazzy Awards on Friday. (Three guesses who gets Sports Turkey of the Year Award and the first two don’t count! Hint: He’s a multiple Turkey award winner already!) One of the winners will be Casa de Campo’s tremendous Dye Fore, (Marina-Chavon nines), so to set the table for that...

The Golf Rum Diaries – The Bermuda Triangle of Golf

SOUTHAMPTON, BERMUDA – I learned something interesting from Bermuda tourism P.R. maven Lauren Pike: John Lennon got the idea for calling his seminal solo album Double Fantasy while visiting Bermuda. “A double fantasy is actually a flower,” she explained. “It’s indigenous to the island. That’s where Lennon got the title.” Well done...

The Golf Rum Diaries – Adam Scott Slams His Way to Grandest of PGA of America’s Offshore Tournaments

“You can have Heaven, I’ll take Bermuda…” —Mark Twain and now, very probably, Adam Scott SOUTHAMPTON, BERMUDA – Punctually at seven o’clock local time, one hour earlier than mainland U.S. EST, the last rays of the setting sun shone upon the pink walls of the Southampton Fairmont Hotel with a final golden flash before vanishing into the...

The Golf Rum Diaries – Great Golf, but Fear and Loathing of the Food in Cabo San Lucas

[Editor’s Note: We interrupt Jay’s series on Casa de Campo…again…for another installment of his Golf Rum Diaries, this time on Cabo del Sol (Part 1). The Casa series will conclude shortly, further continuing his analysis of golf in the Mexico/Caribbean/U.S. Offshore/Central America region. In the meantime, here’s the first piece on Mexico. As...

Dye Hard Tournament at Casa de Campo – Break out the BBQ Sauce!

Pretend for a moment you are a gladiator of the Coliseum in Rome, and you have just been 1) smeared with the 200 A.D. equivalent of Big Mama’s Honky-Tonk Down-Home Extra Spicy Slatherin’ Sauce, 2) chained to an angry, roaring, starving lion, and then 3) set loose in the Coliseum for the amusement of the masses. Both professional and amateur golfers alike...

The Golf Rum Diaries – Casa de Campo (Part 2: Overview, Teeth of the Dog, and The Links)

[Author’s Note: In Part One we explored the general architectural themes Pete Dye used at the Casa de Campo golf courses. Now we will break down the individual courses and holes. Remember we are talking about four different facilities with a total of 90 holes: Teeth of the Dog (18), The Links (18), Dye Fore (27, the Marina and Chavon nines which friends and...

The Golf Rum Diaries – Casa de Campo (Part 1 – Setting the Table and Dye-ssecting Pete’s Work)

LA ROMANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – “Senor Flemma! Senor Flemma!” beamed an eager, effervescent young Jet Blue employee named Yorkis, “Choo are een furs class! Ho Boy!” “I’ve been riding first class all week,” I replied, smiling a fine, wide, satisfied smile right back at him. “Ho! Berry goo for choo! Hee hee hee hee hee...

Quick Update on Scheduling!

It’s now mid-season for us at AWITP, which means plenty of great golf reading for you. We’ll be dividing the work form Casa de Campo into three parts: an intro on the resort and Pete’s work in general, then a piece on Teeth of the Dog and the Links, followed by Dye Fore, Five, and Six. After that it’s tome for the Anderson Memorial at Winged...

Pete Dye to Build New Course at Casa de Campo

ABOVE, THE CHAVON NINE OF CASA DE CAMPO’S DYE FORE FACILITY (ABOVE) WILL SOON HAVE A NEW COURSE FOR COMPANY ***This story is exclusive here and at Cybergolf*** LA ROMANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Casa de Campo officials confirmed tonight that six million dollars U.S. has been approved for the building of a new Pete Dye golf course at the resort. The new 18 holes...