(LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic) – Casa de Campo Resort & Villas – home to the Caribbean’s premier, luxury golf experiences, including the iconic Teeth of the Dog course – has appointed Charlie Epps executive director of the new Casa de Campo Golf Learning Center.
A golf industry icon, Epps enjoys more than 40 years’ experience as a PGA professional. After learning the game as a child in Cordoba, Argentina, he embarked on a teaching career that led him to the top of the profession. His most famous student is Argentinian star Angel Cabrera, champion of the 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters. Five-time PGA Tour winner Blaine McCallister is another player who achieved great success under Epps’ tutelage.
“The Casa de Campo Golf Learning Center presents an exceptional opportunity to grow the game in Latin America, a market that’s very familiar to me,” says Epps, who lived in Argentina from the ages of 8 to 21 and has returned many times since. “The recent creation of the PGA Tour Latinoamérica and USGA’s Latin America Amateur Championship are evidence of golf’s increasing popularity in this part of the world and Casa de Campo is seizing that momentum.”
Establishment of the Casa de Campo Learning Center is not Epps’ initial foray into academy development, helping John Flick open the Nicklaus / Flick Golf Schools in 1993. In addition to his significant Latin America ties, he’s been a fixture on the Texas golf scene for decades. Epps is also an excellent player, having qualified for two U.S. Opens and two PGA Championships.
“Charlie’s strong relationships in both the U.S. and Latin America make him an ideal addition to our team,” says Andres Pichardo Rosenberg, President of Casa de Campo. “Our new instruction facility will be the best in not just the Caribbean, but all of Latin America, and we’re honored to welcome the involvement of an icon like Charlie.”
Casa de Campo boasts three award-winning golf courses, each designed by legendary architect and World Golf Hall of Fame member, Pete Dye. Teeth of the Dog, ranked No. 39 in the world by GOLF Magazine and considered one of Dye’s most important designs, is the headliner. Dye’s design genius is also on full display at the resort’s other 45 holes – Dye Fore (27) and The Links (18).
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About Casa de Campo Resort & Villas
A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, 7,000-acre Casa de Campo attracts affluent travelers with 63 holes of exceptional golf. The Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and The Links courses – Conde Nast Traveler, Golf Digest, GOLF Magazine and Golfweek award winners – are designed by the legendary architect Pete Dye. They are complemented by spacious hotel rooms, suites and luxury villas. Expertly prepared cuisine from around the world, a 370-slip Marina & Yacht Club, Polo & Equestrian Club, the La Terraza Tennis Center, 245-acre Shooting Club and Altos de Chavon – an artisan’s village modeled after a 16th century Mediterranean city – are other on-property highlights.
Getting There: La Romana International Airport (LRM) is five minutes from Casa de Campo and serviced by JetBlue (direct flights from New York – JFK three times weekly) and seasonally by American Airlines (non-stop service from Miami). A short drive from the resort, Santo Domingo (SDQ) and Punta Cana (PUJ) operate daily direct flights from all major North American airports.