In the late 60s, the town of La Romana was home to the single largest sugar-producing mill in the world. Owned by the Gulf+Western empire, the mill was a major employer in the area. But executive Alvaro Carta knew there was potential for more in La Romana, so he set out to create a new industry—tourism.
Alvaro Carta knew that no Caribbean resort would be complete without a stunning golf course, so he called in the best of the best, Pete Dye. After searching the nearby countryside for the perfect location to build the course, Pete Dye was inspired by the sweeping views and stunning coastline near the sugar mill.
Over the next year, more than 300 Dominican workers hand-carved a stunning golf course from the rugged coral landscape to bring Pete Dye’s vision to life. Upon hearing the workers refer to the sharp coral rock with its canine teeth as “diente de perro” (which means teeth of the dog in Spanish), the Teeth of the Dog golf course was born.
The 18-hole Teeth of the Dog golf course opened in the fall featuring seven holes on the Caribbean Sea.
The Casa de Campo resort opened as an executive retreat for Gulf+Western employees.
Many improvements and additions continued to be made to the resort: polo and tennis were introduced, and The Links golf course opened. La Romana International Airport was build to accommodate guests arriving via private plane, and construction began on a village to celebrate the culture and art of the Dominican Republic, Altos de Chavón.
Frank Sinatra gave the inaugural performance in Altos de Chavón’s 5,000-seat Grecian style amphitheater with an HBO televised special.
The Altos de Chavón School of design opened.
Casa de Campo was sold to the Central Romana Corporation and underwent a new phase of development and renovations. Dominican designer Oscar de La Renta lent his talents to create a unique and inviting ambiance and many more amenities were added like a sporting clays facility.
Casa de Campo became an international port of call with the arrival of Costa Cruise Lines’ Classica.
The Dye Fore course opens with Pete Dye himself cutting the ribbon.
The Casa de Campo spa opens its doors.
The resort underwent a massive $40-million USD renovation that included an updated main lobby and hotel, an upgraded pool area, ultra-luxurious accommodations, and much more.
Minitas Beach Club was renovated into a completely modernized restaurant, with a pool deck addition, ocean-view bar and lounge, and a signature dining environment.