Casa de Campo – La Romana, Dominican Republic, Greater Antilles
A Sportsman’s Fantasy Come True
Sprawled across a former sugar plantation eleven times the size of Monaco, Casa de Campo is one of the world’s best golf and sporting destinations, justly famous for its two top-notch 18-hole, Pete Dye-designed courses—one inland and the other, the masterpiece “Teeth of the Dog,” skirting the ocean.
Active guests spend their vacation lobbing on any of the thirteen clay-composition tennis courts, frolicking in numerous swimming pools, occupying themselves with a slew of water sports available on one of the island’s best beaches, or taking advantage of shooting ranges or the equestrian center, with its 150 horses and as many polo ponies.
Bicycles, mopeds, and golf carts zip guests across 7,000 well-planned acres that include Altos de Chavon, a painstaking re-creation of a 16th-century hill town that doubles as a flourishing cultural center and as home to the resort’s colony of artists and artisans.
Dominican-born fashion designer Oscar de la Renta was involved in the early stages of the resort’s interior design. The vast village-like complex includes sequestered private villas whose owners read like a who’s who of international CEOs and sports-loving magnates.