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A New Caribbean Golf Kingdom

The Dominican Republic's eastern shore is taking shape as a world-class golf and resort destination.
Jeff Williams
From the Print Edition:
Tom Selleck, Nov/Dec 2007

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While all this work swirls around him, Frank Rainieri isn't standing still. He has P. B. Dye doing another golf course for him, called the Hacienda, and there will be considerable housing going in there as well. "The Dominican Republic is such an affordable place to have a second home," says Dye. "It's so easy to get to now. It's what, less than four hours from New York. They are getting more flights from the States all the time."

Now Rainieri pulls the SUV in front of his charming home. "It's my little indulgence, my little gift to myself and my wife," he says. He has given a small tour of what he is building and what he has built. And he talks of things to come, of all the possibilities. The man made it all possible to begin with, and although golf is not his game ("takes too much time and I am terrible"), golf is on the map in Punta Cana because he put it there.

"This is my whole life, the life of my family," says Rainieri.

What a good life for golf it is.

Jeff Williams is a Cigar Aficionado contributing editor.

Photo Courtesy of Weston Roco Ki

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