Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Pete Dye Statue Unveiled at Casa de Campo Resort During Sugar Golf Tournament

(La Romana, Dominican Republic) – A statue of legendary golf course designer Pete Dye was unveiled this past weekend at Casa de Campo’s Teeth of The Dog golf course during a ceremony that featured Dye, Alfonso Fanjul, Chairman, President and CEO of Central Romana Corporation, and top resort executives.

Pete Dye Unveils the Statue
Metal craftsman Jose Ignacio Morales, President of El Artistico, who has nearly 40 years of experience in the industry, created the statue.  Standing 7 feet tall, the sculpture is made of powdered marble, bronze and fiberglass.

Dye designed all five golf courses at Casa de Campo, totaling 90 holes.  The courses include Teeth of The Dog – the No. 1 course in the Caribbean, according to Golf Digest – The Links, Dye Fore and the members-only La Romana Country Club.  The Pete Dye Golf Lodge at Casa de Campo was recently christened in his honor.

Dye, who will turn 88 later this year, has been involved for more than half of his life in Casa de Campo.  Among those in attendance at the statue unveiling were Dye, members of the Dye family, Carlos Morales Troncoso, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic; Ramon A. Menendez, Executive Vice President of Central Romana Corporation; Eduardo Martinez-Lima Executive Vice President of Central Romana Corporation; Leo Matos, Administrative Vice President of Central Romana Corporation; Alfonso Paniagua, Vice President Administrator Costasur Dominicana; Peter Bonell, Chief Marketing Officer, Casa de Campo; Gilles Gagnon, Director of Golf, Casa de Campo; and Herb Kohler, President and Chairman of the Kohler Company for whom Dye has designed four golf courses.

The unveiling was scheduled as part of the 2013 Sugar Golf Tournament at Teeth of The Dog, where Dye walked all 18 holes with his partners.  All proceeds from the tournament are being donated to the MIR (Mission International Rescue) Foundation.

Morales began his art career with the decoration of five houses in the Casa de Campo community, Casa Grande (Fanjul’s House), Oscar de la Renta’s house and the projects in Altos de Chavon. He has worked with numerous other resorts as well.

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