Friday, February 23, 2007

Donald Trump invades my happy place at Cap Cana

The public beach at Cap Cana.

Cap Cana - the home of my happy place, Punta Espada golf course - is a massive, beautiful, upscale resort in the Punta Cana area on the coast of the Dominican Republic overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

They just announced that a deal was made with Donald Trump to develop a new resort on a portion of the property to include a golf course, golf villas, golf lots, estate lots, a beach club, a condo hotel and residences with ocean views. And of course he has to put his name on it so it will collectively be called "Trump at Cap Cana." No word yet on what they will call the golf course. Maybe Punta Trump?

Naturally, it will be a luxury resort. I toured the Cap Cana property including finished products and some of the developments under construction and even the lowest priced condos are luxury. The golf villas and beach club attached to Punta Espada are gorgeous and elegant and I felt like a princess just being there. The design and amenities are classy and understated but leave no doubt that you are in a special place where your every whim has been considered and attended to.

Here is the bungalow where I stayed. Just off the 12th hole of Punta Espada.

That's "my" bungalow on the right and my own little path down to the water.

That path in the previous photo is just to the left of the screen. This is part of the wraparound patio of the bungalow.

Here's the view from the other side of the patio with the screens down.

Here's another view with the screens open.

Enter Donald Trump. I can only hope Cap Cana has design standards they will enforce or that Trump's involvement will primarily be the usage of his name and the investors he brought in. It would be such a shame to see this place spoiled by the brash and gaudy style that Trump considers classy.

I have submitted some questions regarding more specifics on the golf course and I'll post an update once I get them answered.

Update: Here is a portion of the Master Plan of Cap Cana. "Trump at Cap Cana" is circled in red. Looks like 36 holes up on the bluff.

Here it is pre-development. You can see the bluff where the new resort will be.

Next post.


Scott said...

Looks like Donald's interest in golf around the world is accelerating in pace, geographic dispersion and now frequency!!!

Did you see the note yesterday that he wants to be buried on the grounds of Trump Bedminster one day???

I'll bet it's going to be nice...maybe you can arrange to do a write-up on the design planning and execution, and arrange to be there for the grand opening!

(But you might want to remove the observations about "gaudy", first...) =)

Golfchick said...

Gee, I hadn't thought of that! ;)

I just figured by then this post will be buried and I can start sucking up later.

Patricia said...

The resort looks so beautiful...hope the Trumpster doesn't ruin it. He can't seem to help it...he just always brings in a bad element. He should retire and leave his empire to his daughter...then it might finally get classy.

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