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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Casa de Campo Stages Inaugural Dye Hard Cup

Could you overdose on Pete Dye golf? Most of us would jump at the chance to try. Add a $90,000 prize and put the event at one of the Caribbean's premier destinations, Casa de Campo, and the only question you'll hear is "where do I sign up?" (for the answer, see below)

Welcome to the inaugural Dye Hard Cup.

Teeth of the Dog
Casa de Campo's Teeth of the Dog

From Nov. 10-15, 2013, 90 contestants will pit themselves against the 90 holes of golf at the Casa de Campo Resort in the Dominican Republic, playing for a winner-take-all prize of $90,000.

Dye Hard, indeed!

Along with Teeth of the Dog—the number-one course in the Caribbean according to Golf Digest—the Dye Hard Cup will be played on the three breathtaking nines at Dye Fore, spread along cliffs high above the Chavon River, and The Links, featuring spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. Also included is the resort’s private course, La Romana, another of Dye’s devilishly beautiful designs.

Just as exciting is the format, which is open to both professionals and amateurs: 90 holes played as an individual gross stroke-play competition with one contestant pocketing the whole $90,000.

The number of holes in each round will correspond to the number of holes at each Casa de Campo course: The opening round is 27 holes on La Romana. The second round at Dye Fore is also 27 holes. Round three is 18 holes on The Links. And the final 18 is on Teeth of the Dog, the ultimate test. But there’s more to the Dye Hard Cup than just great golf. Players also get five nights’ lodging and all food and beverage at Casa de Campo.

“We are looking forward to hosting some tremendous golfers for six days of great competition and camaraderie,” said Peter Bonell, Chief Marketing Office. “Their talents will be challenged by the beautiful but difficult tests that Pete Dye has blessed us with at Casa de Campo.”

The festivities kick off on Sunday, Nov. 10, with a welcome reception at The Beach Club by Le Cirque, the resort’s leading restaurant and lounge, nestled against the Caribbean Sea. (Early arrivals can play practice rounds on any of the courses that day.)

Also included in the contestant’s package:

  • Five nights’ accommodations in a newly renovated elite-class room at the resort
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
  • Unlimited drinks in all resort bars and restaurants, including Oasis bars and beverage carts on the golf courses
  • Unlimited use of the driving range
  • Complimentary use of a personal golf cart on property throughout the stay
  • Complimentary use of the resort’s Sports Fitness Center
  • VIP treatment for arrivals at La Romana airport (10 minutes from resort) and at hotel check-in
  • Airport transfers, resort taxes, and service charges

The all-inclusive registration fee for contestants is $5,000. Non-golfers are $3,000, and instead of golf have unlimited access to horseback riding, tennis, and non-motorized watersports at the resort’s private Minitas Beach.

If you ever wanted to Dye Hard, this is the way to do it.

For more information, call the golf reservations office at (809) 523-8215 or visit www.casadecampo.com.do/dyehardcup2013.

Among many other books, Dave Donelson is the author of Weird Golf: 18 tales of fantastic, horrific, scientifically impossible, and morally reprehensible golf

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