New Pete Dye Course to be Irrigated with Saltwater

Fabled golf architect Pete Dye is back at it again, this time with a thrilling new 18-holer at the exclusive Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic. Slated to open later in 2002, the layout is Dye’s first full golf course in more than 20 years. Though that’s certainly newsworthy, what makes this new track notable is that it will be the first golf course in the world to be irrigated with saltwater. The course was seeded with two new strains of paspalum grass, allowing it to be irrigated directly from the nearby Caribbean Sea.

Of this unique feature, Gilles Gagnon, Casa de Campo’s golf director said in the January 15, 2002 edition of the in-flight magazine, American Way, “When play begins on this new grass and people see its beauty and durability, the face of golf will change not only in the Caribbean but anywhere fresh water is in short supply.”

The new turf should be fine for golf, as the paspalum blades grow more upright than more widely used strains. The stiff blades also offer great lies as the ball sits up higher than conventional grasses. Though a little greener and stiffer, the turf should allow for excellent putting surfaces when mowed low.

Casa de Campo is one of the world’s premier golf destinations. The 7,000-acre property already boasts two spectacular 18-hole tracks – the Links and the Teeth of the Dog, the latter of which is considered the best in the Caribbean. The elevated locale of the newest course affords golfers wonderful vistas of the surrounding cliffs, the cerulean Caribbean, and the Chavon River. Casa de Campo also offers snorkeling, skeet-shooting, shopping, a 250-slip marina and yacht club, 15 swimming pools, 13 tennis courts, and many other recreational activities. For more information on this exotic getaway, call toll-free from the U.S. at 800/877-3643.