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July 18, 2006
  • Golfers play first Nicklaus course
  • DR goes prime time
  • Caribbean Sun links San Juan
  • DR candidate included in hot picks
Golfers play first Nicklaus course
Cap Cana opened the back nine holes of the Punta Espada golf course for play on Friday, 7 July, as part of the new Cap Cana tourist and real estate development on the east coast of the Dominican Republic. The back nine holes can be booked for play on weekends but advance reservations are necessary. The other nine holes are scheduled to open at the end of August or September.
Punta Espada is the first of three signature Jack Nicklaus golf courses to open in the 46 square mile Cap Cana development with 3.5 miles of virgin beaches in the Punta Cana area.
The back nine are located along a dramatic coastline where golfers can look out over the blue expanse of the ocean in search of inspiration to help them achieve their best level of play. The golf course features 100% Seashore Paspalum, the preferred grass in tropical climates because of its resistance to salt water and its vibrant green color.
"Cap Cana's topography represented a challenge in design, but one we embraced," says course designer Jack Nicklaus. "With the relationship Punta Espada enjoys with its natural surroundings - with almost half the holes playing to or along the coastline, and views of the Caribbean on all but a few holes--this is a stunning backdrop for golf," Nicklaus said.
"We wanted to give Jack Nicklaus the perfect site to create a work of art; that's why we didn't think twice about putting more than 7,000 yards of land at his disposal so he could let his imagination and creativity soar," said Ricardo Hazoury, president of Cap Cana.
DR goes prime time
The Dominican Republic's luxury resort and residential tourism developments will be featured in an investment story scheduled to air at 7pm this Monday on NBC's On the Money program. Correspondent Kerry Sanders toured several of the Dominican Republic's leading luxury residential developments to produce the report. The NBC crew visited Puerto Plata (Velero in Cabarete), Cabrera, Casa de Campo in La Romana and Cap Cana and Roco Ki Westin in the Punta Cana area. Producer Nery Ynclan said they also visited a Haitian village where women wash clothes in the river to show that the DR is "a country of contrasts."
The Ministry of Tourism provided a guided tour, but NBC producer Nery Ynclan clarified that it was a NBC story. "It's completely a news story on the boom in American investing and construction on the island," she explained. She reports that interviewer Kerry Sanders was so enamored that he's in touch with a realtor about buying some land and that she herself would be returning to a villa on the north coast with her family in the spring.
Caribbean Sun links San Juan
Caribbean Sun Airlines (codeshare with US Airways) will be connecting San Juan and Santo Domingo as of Wednesday, 19 July. The airline will offer four daily flights (8:30 am, 12:15 pm, 3 pm and 7 pm) from Las Americas International Airport (AILA) into the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The airline already provides a service between Santiago and San Juan.
DR candidate included in hot picks
The Dominican Republic's candidate for Miss Universe 2006 is ranked among the top 15 beauty contestants in two contest web sites as of Saturday, 15 July.
In the missology.com site, Mia Taveras is ranked 8th in a list of the most likely to win contenders compiled by the web site. The leading contender is Desiree Duran of Bolivia.
See http://www.missosology.org/missuniverse06/mu06hotpicks.html
In the globalbeauties.com site's grand slam ranking, she is ranked 12th among the top 15. The leading contender on this list is Miss Venezuela. See http://www.globalbeauties.com/gsr.htm
The Miss Universe contest will be held on 23 July in Los Angeles, California.

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