PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic – With over $6.5 billion in new mega-resort developments covering a combined 33,000 acres, the Dominican Republic’s (DR) East Coast has indelibly transformed into the quintessential destination for golf. New championship golf courses, marinas and luxury resort accommodations being developed will enhance a dozen well-known and loved existing championship golf courses, igniting golf tourism and transforming the area into the new international ‘It’ destination for golf. Luxury developments like Roco Ki and Cap Cana will feature phase one openings this year and many more golf courses, upscale hotel properties and marinas are planned over the next 12 years.

“Our vision to grow the DR’s East Coast into an upscale golfer’s paradise is unfolding with great care to preserve and showcase the area’s pristine beauty and eco-diversity,” said Minister of Tourism Felix Jimenez. “The DR has invested $400 million in tourism infrastructure and plans to add $1 billion more in developments such as new highways, road signs and other enhancements by 2012. These efforts encourage visitors to experience the DR with ease and savor our marvelous coastlines, lush green golf vistas and azure seas in year-round tropical weather.”

Among the already established golf courses there, the East Coast also reports an abundant amount of enhancements thoughtfully added to well-loved championship golf courses located at resorts such as Casa de Campo, Punta Cana Resort & Golf and more. Well-known designer courses in Punta Cana and La Romana boast phenomenal beauty and provide diverse golf that please an established following and attract many new loyal players.

Moreover, new luxury communities like Cap Cana and Roco Ki are attracting many prestigious golf and US hotel developments including Aman, Four Seasons, the Fairmont, Ritz Carlton and Westin luxury brand hotels. The East Coast area received 44 percent of the record-breaking first quarter 2008 visitor arrivals at the DR’s busiest airport, Punta Cana International Airport.

“The vision and commitment of the Ministry of Tourism in support of the East Coast’s new resort communities are drawing the top echelon of golf developers to the DR,” said Dana Garmany, chief executive officer of Troon Golf and Golf, Inc.’s second most influential person in the golf industry. “The stunning golf facilities being developed along the DR’s East Coast compel the golf world to sit up and take notice. Troon Golf is honored to work alongside such dazzling, distinctive properties,” he added.