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JOURNEY PLANNER

FLIGHTS

Punta Cana International
British Airways

WHERE TO STAY

Casa De Campo resort
W: casadecampo.com


Barcelo Palace Deluxe
W: barcelo.com

WHERE TO EAT

The Beach Club by Le Cirque
W: casadecampo.com


La Casita
W: casadecampo.com


THINGS TO DO

Hard Rock Cafe
W: hardrockcafe.com

Most resorts have an all inclusive board basis and as I say in the main body copy, if you are on a budget its the best way to eat and drink.

But if you do fancy a night out away from your hotel/resort, then the Hard Rock cafe not only has great food, but live music at weekends.



 

Roco ki Resort,

dominican republic

the Ki of life

Roco Ki Resort, Ariel view of the 18th hole


Above: Make sure you hit the green at the par 3, 13th hole or you could rake up a big number

The Roco Ki resort will become a golfing paradise with three courses planned the first being Nick Faldo’s legacy course. The piece of land Nick has been given to work with is beautiful from the heather land feel to some of the holes from three to fifteen. The par 4, 4th hole truly gives a feeling of playing Walton heath/Wentworth on a hot sunny day, to the loop of the 1st, 16th, 17th and 18th holes all played along or with sea views,

I was the first to have access and play the full 18 holes. Seventeen and eighteen will take all the accolades for its picture postcard and beautiful setting on the course but all the holes have a great feel to them. It’s a very tough course from the black tees but I also think a fair challenge and you can see Nick’s preference for a fade on a lot of the holes with the drives in to the fairways and shots in to the greens.

The fairways are not to tight and will give the average golfer a fair challenge, but golf is meant to be fun so why not go for the 18th in two, if you hit a great drive, the choice as they say is yours. But when you make it over the cliffs with the waves of the Caribbean sea crashing on the rocks 200ft below, that cut in to the fairway to the peninsular green in two, the cool beer at the beach side spa bar with beautiful views along a deserted beach front will taste all the better for it.


This 18th hole, which was filmed back in 2008 before I started videoing the courses I review

Roco Ki Resort, 3rd hole

Above: The 1st hole when just nine holes were open, but will be the 3rd hole

Roco Ki Resort, Ariel view of the 1st holeSpacerRoco Ki Resort, 16th holeSpacerRoco Ki Resort, 17th hole

Ariel view of the 1st holeSpacerBack to the sea 16th GreenSpacer17th green on a peninsula


This 4th hole at Roco Ki, again filmed back in 2008



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