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Having lived in Casa de Campo for many years now, there is nothing quite like the joy of rediscovering its beauty from a different angle – in this case between the ears of a horse.
On Casa de Campo’s new trail ride from the Dude Ranch to the Dye Fore golf course near Altos de Chavón, riders get a real sense of the essence of Casa – an incredible blend of natural beauty perfectly in harmony with the villas, architecture and the golf courses.
From the Dude Ranch we wound our way along a small trail running parallel to the main road, before cutting across both the Links and the La Romana Country Club golf courses. Here, blazing in the most beautiful and bright shades of red, pink, purple, white and even orange, the Flores de Trinitaría (Bougainvillea) lined our route as they bordered both villas, pathways and the fairways.
As we trotted our way along the edge of the golf, our elevated vantage point afforded us a privileged view of the golf villas with their perfectly landscaped gardens and terraces lined with palm trees, plants and flowers. Each one unique and beautiful in their own way.
Leaving the La Romana Country Club course behind us, we cut through the Barranca Este neighborhood, past some rather majestic villas and found ourselves crossing the main road to Altos de Chavón and onto the Dye Fore practice green.
It was here, as we galloped along the edge of the practice green, that we noticed a change in our surroundings, although the verdant green of the golf remained, the palm trees and flowers were replaced by towering cacti and barren gnarled trees.
This much drier landscape surrounded the many lagoons of Pete Dye’s newest creation; the Dye Fore Lakes. Here the Turkey Vultures living in the cliffs surrounding Altos de Chavón could be seen circling in the distance and the occasional Kestrel swooped nearby.
Circling back the way we came as the sun started to set, we were given the opportunity and blessing of enjoying the same scenery in the final glow of the day.
A truly magical experience and without a doubt one of the best things TO DO in Casa de Campo
This 2 hour trail ride is available for groups of 4 to 10 riders, is suitable for all ages and experience levels and costs US$90 per person. To make a reservation or for more information contact the Casa de Campo Equestrian Center on (809) 523-5249.