Gilles Gagnon

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On Wednesday evening the 11th of September, the Beach Club by Le Cirque on Minitas Beach played host to the more than 250 golfers and guests enjoying their first evening in Casa de Campo for the 32nd annual Casa de Campo Open golf tournament. Having spent the afternoon playing practice rounds on the Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and the Links, the 210 golfers were joined by their accompanying family and friends for what Gilles Gagnon always describes as a “family reunion”.
“People come back to see the friends they have made over the years. It’s like a family reunion.” 

— Gilles Gagnon, Casa de Campo Director of Golf

This year celebrating it’s 32nd anniversary, as well as Gilles’ 65th birthday – there can be no doubt that the welcome dinner at the Beach Club at Le Cirque was quiet the celebration… despite tournament rounds teeing off bright and early at 8am the night day! The Casa de Campo Open was founded by Gilles in 1981, shortly after he first moved to Casa de Campo – making it not only the first tournament created by Gilles, but also the first ever annual tournament to be played in the Casa de Campo resort. The fact that this great annual tradition still continues today is testament to the Casa de Campo golf department’s unfailing devotion and of course the world-class quality of the Pete Dye designed golf courses here in Casa de Campo. And more than 30 years later – even more new tournaments are founded every year! Coming very soon is the first annual Dye Hard Cup, to be played across Casa de Campo’s 90 holes of golf; the Teeth of the Dog (18 holes), Links (18 holes), the Dye Fore (27 holes) and the La Romana Country Club (27 holes), with a winner-take-all prize of $90,000! Click here for more details.

Sinking a putt on hole #15, Teeth of the Dog

Today (Friday September the 13th) and tomorrow (Saturday September the 14th) tournament rounds will continue to be played across the Casa de Campo resort – on the Dye Fore, Links and the Teeth of the Dog. And to celebrate the close of yet another successful year, a prize-giving, dinner and dance will take place on Saturday evening, following which on Sunday morning the most motivated golfers will take part in the annual Caddy/Amateur Scramble, which will this year be played on the Teeth of the Dog. The following collection of images were taken during the opening dinner at the Beach Club by Le Cirque at Minitas Beach, as well as some shots of the golfers teeing off around the Teeth of the Dog: