The Tour heads to The Dominican Republic for the first time in history.
“Golf in The Dominican Republic is important to me and my family. Our involvement
sets the stage for the next generation of Dominican players.”
– FRANK ELIAS RAINIERI, COO, GRUPO PUNTACANA
PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Emotions easily cross language barriers. When official word leaked that the Corales Course at Puntacana Resort & Club was selected to host a Web.com Tour event, director of golf, Hiram Silfa, let out a gasp of excitement.
“In Spanish, el orgullo translates to pride,” exclaimed Silfa. “This will be the first PGA TOUR sanctioned event in my country and the first resort course in the Caribbean to host a tournament of this caliber. A win on the Web.com Tour goes a long way to secure a PGA TOUR card. The top 25 players on the Web.com Tour money list earn PGA TOUR credentials.”
RATTLING OF NERVES
Puntacana Resort & Club is home to the Caribbean’s ultimate beach and golfing experience. In addition to 45 holes of golf by Tom Fazio and P.B. Dye, guests have access to Tortuga Bay (the only AAA Five Diamond awarded hotel in The Dominican Republic), The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club, and a three-mile powdery sand beach. Its privately owned Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) handles flights from 28 countries and 96 cities.
The final three holes on the Corales Course are nicknamed Devil’s Elbow. “The name is appropriate,” said Tom Fazio. “The stamina and nerves of the best players will be tested on the closing, cliff-lined, ocean holes.”
“I doubt many of the Web.com competitors have faced such a daunting finish. If the wind is blowing, Tour players will require steadfast concentration,” explained Silfa. “There is no letup. The 18th is unquestionably the most visually intimidating hole on the course.”
After a day of competition, players have plenty of activities to choose from. “Listening to live music while enjoying a freshly, hand-rolled cigar at the Westin will prove popular, but I must admit, simply curling your toes in our warm, powdery sand beach is hard to beat,” grinned Silfa.
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