Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism Tees Up The Cap Cana Championship March 23-29

The Dominican Republic (DR) Ministry of Tourism is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the second annual Cap Cana Championship, an official PGA TOUR's Champions Tour event held on the country's breathtaking east coast. Since the first designer course opened in the DR over a decade ago, golf has been a booming facet for the country's growing tourism industry. Millions of viewers will watch The Cap Cana Championship aired internationally on GOLF CHANNEL amid the island's stunning beauty and magnificent seaside cliffs and beaches.

DR Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia said, “The world's best golf courses and the most remarkable scenery have combined on our beautiful island of Hispaniola making the DR golf's international “It” destination. The prestigious Cap Cana Championship will offer visitors a slice of heaven with magnificent views of the Caribbean Sea and breathtaking lush vistas of the Punta Espada Golf Club.”

Recently named the number one golf course in Mexico and the Caribbean by Golfweek magazine, Punta Espada Golf Club is one of the DR's most remarkable courses.

“Our partnership with the PGA TOUR's Champions Tour provides a significant boost to the DR as a golf destination,” said Dr. Ricardo Hazoury, President of Cap Cana's Board of Directors. “Not only is the direct economic impact substantial for the weeks surrounding the island's only professional golf tournament, but the worldwide exposure including 15 hours on GOLF CHANNEL will provide residual benefits for years to come.”

The Jack Nicklaus designed Punta Espada Golf Club will host 78 Champions Tour players for the tournament culminating on March 29 and featuring a $2.1 million purse and the winner receiving $315,000. GOLF CHANNEL will provide live coverage of the tournament March 27 from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT and March 28 and 29 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Rotary Club-Punta Cana and the Federación Dominicana de Golf.

The Dominican Republic's first tourist was Christopher Columbus in 1492. Rich in history, the DR has developed into a diverse destination offering both Dominican and European flavors to more than one million U.S. visitors each year. Named #1 Golf Destination in Caribbean & Latin America by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators, the DR boasts 25 designer golf courses, upscale resorts, pristine nature, and sophisticated cities and quaint villages filled with warm Dominican people. The DR features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike. Visit the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism's official Web site at: or call 1-888-374-6361 for more information.