Originally developed by Alvaro Carta of the South Puerto Rico Sugar Company and Gulf + Western Americas (parent company of Paramount Pictures) in the late 1960s, Casa de Campo Resort & Villas came about thanks in part to the success of the local sugar mill in the city of La Romana. Carta was in search of good investment options for Gulf + Western and the idea of a lavish resort seemed like the perfect match. But no ordinary resort would do — it would have to be one that defied all expectations in terms of accommodations, service, activities, and location.

To assist in locating the perfect spot for the development, Carta brought in renowned golf course architect, Pete Dye. After drawing up plans for an area just outside of Santo Domingo, Dye inquired about any other locations. Carta reluctantly suggested an area near La Romana that was too dry to grow sugar cane and too sparsely vegetated for cattle — it’s here that Dye discovered the immaculate coastline that would become home to the legendary Casa de Campo.

In the mid-1980s Casa de Campo was sold to a group of private investors of the Central Romana Corporation, before being bought by the Cuban-American Fanjul family, the world’s largest sugar barons. Keeping its feel exclusive and luxurious, the Fanjuls developed Casa de Campo Resort & Villas into the “The Caribbean’s Most Complete Resort” and welcomed guests from around the world.

Today, Casa de Campo has become one of Hollywood’s most revered escapes for A-listers. Dripping in Hamptons-worthy luxury, the resort and its mansion villa homes have attracted celebrities, politicos and royals for decades, recently including Jay-Z and Beyonce, the Kardashians, Rihanna, Richard Branson, Michael Jordan, Drake, Alycia Keys, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and many more. Here celebrities indulge in absolute opulence and play in total secrecy, void of any paparazzi, unless stars call them in personally (a rare, yet realistic, occurrence).

So What Does All This Exclusive Luxury Entail?

As a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Casa de Campo has been attracting affluent travelers from across the globe for more than 40 years with a wide array of spacious hotel rooms, suites, and luxury villas. Guests can expect gourmet cuisine and fine wines and spirits throughout the destination’s restaurants and bars, a 370-slip Marina & Yacht Club, Polo & Equestrian Club, La Terraza Tennis Center and a 245-acre Shooting Club.

Spanning 7,000 tropical acres on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, this exclusive enclave is also home to Altos de Chavón — an artisan’s village modeled after a 16th century Mediterranean city with boutique shops, museums and a 5,000-seat Grecian-style amphitheater inaugurated by Frank Sinatra in August of 1982.

For those who prefer their luxury waterside, the Casa de Campo Marina includes 105 units including villa and townhouse-type apartments for guests to enjoy during their stay. As the most modern marina in the Caribbean, the IBC Shipyard welcomes travelers with 350 slips and a travel lift that can carry up to 250 tons. The state-of-the-art docking facilities include water, electricity and cable access for all boats, allowing guests to feel at home and completely comfortable while enjoying the marina’s unsurpassed amenities and activities.

The Marina is also home to The Yacht Club, featuring private lounge quarters, a welcoming bar for guests to relax at and is equipped with the Scuola della Vela (sailing school) featuring 424 boats and international teachers from Costa Smeralda Yacht Club in Italy. Whether you’re an experienced sailor or new to the sport, all guests learn from the best and conquer the Caribbean seas with the help of knowledgeable instructors.

Back on land, golf is one of the many quintessential activities that is intricately and intimately linked to Case de Campo, forever placing the resort in a class of its own. This is due to Pete Dye’s genius at designing beautiful and challenging golf courses. Working with his wife Alice — herself a golf course architect as well as a former amateur golf champion — Dye brings incredible creativity, ingenuity, and passion to the profession and all of the courses his genius has touched.

Dye’s resume includes the TPC Sawgrass, PGA West (Stadium), the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, the Irish and Straits courses at Whistling Straits, Long Cove, Oak Tree, and The Honors Course. But perhaps no destination is as closely associated with Pete Dye, or as close to his heart, as Casa de Campo.

Under Dye’s leadership, some 300 locals from around La Romana worked with hand tools and ox carts to turn the hellish land into a heavenly site for a golf course. The area originally was given the name “Cajuiles,” for the cashew trees that grew on the surrounding mountains; but Dye overheard theworkers referring to the sharp coral rock underfoot as “diente del perro,” or “Teeth of the Dog.”

With a dream of transforming the jagged Dominican coastline into a course worthy of “The Caribbean’s Most Complete Resort,” Pete Dye spent two years creating the masterpiece. According to Dye, without heavy machinery to crack the coral along the Caribbean, the tireless Dominican crews used machetes, sledgehammers, pickaxes and chisels — and were often cut when working on the course. In 1971 the course was finally opened, receiving almost instantaneous recognition.

Among the legendary, internationallyrecognized golf courses at Casa de Campo — Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and Links — Teeth of the Dog, ranked the No. 1 course in the Caribbean and 39th worldwide by Golf Magazine, is the only course in the world with seven Caribbean edged holes — also known as the “seven holes created by God” according to Dye.

From their earliest days together to the present, Pete Dye and Casa de Campo are inexorably linked. They would have it no other way.

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