Treat yourself to a Dominican Republic golf holiday and you wonâ€™t have to worry about constantly watching those nickels and dimes.
The Caribbeanâ€™s Capital of Golf offers golfers extraordinary value for money on some of the best golf courses you will find anywhere in the world. For guests of resorts with their own golf courses, the value is often even better, with special offers for green fees, if they arenâ€™t already included as part of the stay.
Vacationers who like to budget their stay in advance can choose from several all-inclusive hotels right by golf courses where food and drinks are included in their stay, including premium-brand beers and spirits, as well as entertainment.
Pic: Catalonia Bavaro Beach, Golf & Casino Resort.
Green fees are sometimes included within hotel packages, such as at the Cocotal and Catalonia BÃ¡varo courses with their associated hotels. Alternatively, guests may receive a predetermined number of free rounds based on length of stay, such as at the BarcelÃ³ BÃ¡varo Beach Resortâ€™s BarcelÃ³ The Lakes courseâ€”guests receive one free green fee per person for every night of their stay from May to October and for every second night between November and April. At the Iberostate BÃ¡varo Golf Club and its Iberostar hotels, Club Premium level guests receive one free green fee per person for every night year-round. The same deal applies to the Punta Blanca Golf Club with its on-site hotels.
The cost of a golf cartâ€”mandatory on most coursesâ€”is often the only extra expense. At the Hard Rock Golf Club, guests can use resort credits accrued for the length of stay at the adjacent Hard Rock Hotel & Casino towards golf rounds, paying only a 20 percent service fee (US$40 of the standard US$200 green fee) that includes a golf cart, use of practice facilities and unlimited food and drink from the clubhouse and on-course beverage cart.
Pic: Hard Rock Golf Club.
BarcelÃ³ BÃ¡varo Beach Resort guests that prepay for four carts when they play their first round at BarcelÃ³ The Lakes enjoy a 25 percent discount on the cart rates.
Guests staying at both Puntacana Resort and Casa de Campo pay reduced-rate green fees to play their respective courses, with cart fees included, while Punta Espadaâ€™s green fee includes a cart, use of driving range, yardage book and mandatory caddy.
Pic: Playa Grande Golf Club.
At clifftop course Playa Grande, a new member of global golf tourism organization IAGTO that recently reopened after a revamp by original designer Robert Trent Jones Sr.â€™s son, Rees Jones, golfers staying at the adjacent Amanera Resort can enjoy multi-day green fee packages that bring down the cost of each round significantly. While the green fee for one 18-hole round is US$325, a five-round package costs US$1,400â€”a saving of almost 14 percentâ€”excluding shared carts (US$25) and mandatory caddies (US$40 per 18 holes plus gratuities).
Golfers have access to beverage carts on most courses, offering a range of soft drinks, beer, liquor and sandwiches that guests of the associated hotels can generally sign to their room. Drinks are included on the BarcelÃ³ The Lakes course for golfers staying at the BarcelÃ³ BÃ¡varo Beach Resort. Guests at the Grand Hotel BÃ¡varo playing the Iberostar BÃ¡varo Golf Club course have free snacks and drinks included on the beverage carts and in the clubhouse after their round.
Pic: Iberostar BÃ¡varo Golf Club.
With the great deals available for golf vacations in Dominican Republic, you will be raising your glass to toast your savings in the Caribbeanâ€™s Capital of Golf.
About Dominican Republic:
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, our lush tropical and paradisiacal country boasts nearly 1,000 miles (1,609 km) of coastline, 250 miles (402 km) of the worldâ€™s top beaches, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options. Here you can dance to the pulse pounding thrill of the merengue, renew in our luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, delight in delicious Dominican gastronomy or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers and beaches.
Pic: Catalonia Bavaro Beach.
Known for our warm and hospitable people, Dominican Republic is a destination like no other, featuring astounding nature, intriguing history and rich cultural experiences like music, art and festivals, plus uniquely Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, merengue, amber and larimar.
Dominican Republic features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike. Visit Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourismâ€™s official website at: www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.