Swing and Serve in the Dominican Republic

The focus of this mission experience is developing relationships with the Dominicans by working side-by-side on construction, home visits and more. We'll be helping to build a new school in Villa Hermosa to help break the cycle of poverty for villages in the Dominican Republic.

This is great opportunity for people to not only serve on a mission trip, but to also enjoy some R&R. Play some golf at one of the worlds best golf courses, Teeth of the Dog, designed by acclaimed golf course architect Pete Dye or go shopping or enjoy the beautiful beaches.

When: November 7 through November 13

Where: The village of Villa Hermosa, approximately 70 miles east of Santo Domingo

Who: Everyone is welcome to participate, families, individuals, couples - golfers and non-golfers alike!

Cost: Approximately $1,875 per volunteer, plus the cost of airfare from your city to Miami. Cost includes food, lodging during the mission, roundtrip airfare from Miami to Santo Domingo and cross-cultural training. 

Cost of this mission trip is tax deductible; see your tax accountant for full information.

For more information: Contact World Servants at 612-866-0010

Attention all Golfers:

What could be better than participating in a World Servants mission experience? Not much...unless you add the opportunity to golf one of the worlds best golf courses! Be a part of the Swing & Serve mission experience in the Dominican Republic

World Servants has worked in the Dominican Republic since 1986, but this is the first time a World Servants mission experience is being offered that combines both service and golf all in one trip. The Swing & Serve is set for this fall, November 7 through November 15; the perfect time of year.

Golfers will find this opportunity difficult to resist, but the trip is not limited to only golfers. Have you ever thought about taking your spouse and/or kids out of their comfort zone? This is a great way for families to reconnect! Individuals, families with children and friends are invited to participate. Take some time out of your schedule to get closer to your family, the world and your faith.

As with any World Servants mission experience, the focus will still be on service. Volunteers will be working in the community of Villa Hermosa building a school to help break the cycle of poverty for village families. We'll develop relationships with the Dominicans by working side-by-side building the school, by visiting individuals' homes and by worshipping with the community.

To top the experience off, participants will enjoy a day on the links playing 18 holes of golf at the world-renowned Teeth of the Dog golf course, designed by Pete Dye, at the Campo de Casa resort. Non-golfers will also have the opportunity to enjoy a day of relaxation. They can go shopping at the local market, take an excursion to the beach, lounge at the pool or spoil themselves with a massage and a mani/pedi.

The cost for the Swing and Serve is $1,875 per person and includes construction materials for the school, food and lodging during the mission, roundtrip airfare from Miami to Santo Domingo and cross-cultural training facilitated by World Servants. (Volunteers are responsible for the cost of airfare from their city to Miami). Additional costs depend on your choice of recreational activity. The entire cost (including airfare, lodging, etc.) is a charitable tax deduction.

Space is limited to 30 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact World Servants today to reserve your space. Call 612-866-0010. The deadline for reservations is September 8, 2008.


Teeth of the Dog Golf Course

This Caribbean course is like a jewel set on the south coast of the Dominican Republic and is considered to be one of the 50 most beautiful golf courses in the world. There are seven holes directly on the Caribbean Sea. Teeth of the Dog is ranked as the #1 golf course in the Caribbean and according to Golf Magazine is 34th in the top 100 courses in the world.

The Dog attracts the best professional and amateur golfers in the world. Tricky shots include a devilish dogleg and signature Dye obstacles such as elevated greens and trick of the eye trees. Created by legendary golf course architect Pete Dye in 1971, Teeth of the Dog is an 18 hole, par 72 course that measures 7,363 from the tips. Dye launched a redesign and reopened the course in December of 2006 with all new tees, greens and bunkers. Dye claims the Dog is his finest work and it continues to be his personal favorite.

The course plays along high bluffs and then down to the Caribbean Sea. The courses' signature hole is Hole 5, a 194-yard, par-3 on a rock-toothed cove shaped like snapping jaws. It requires golfers to hit over waves that splash on the beach to a green guarded by a lone tree. The ocean foam provides a rabid froth for the "Teeth of the Dog."

The Teeth of the Dog's inception in 1969 challenged Dye with transforming the overgrown, jagged coral reef coastline of the Dominican Republic into a single course worthy of "The Caribbean's Most Complete Resort." Play on the "Teeth's" seven ocean side holes is exhilarating. Errant balls collide with ocean rocks like ping-pong balls, and strong Caribbean breezes challenge each stroke. Although credited with designing the course, Dye is quick to point out that the Teeth of the Dog was definitely designed by the 'man upstairs'. In other words... "I created eleven holes and God created seven!"

His trademark railroad ties, vast waste areas, peninsula green and tees, hand-sculpted putting surfaces and unique assortment of pot bunkers and elevated bunkers give the course the signature Dye-style.

Pete Dye is considered in many circles to be the most influential golf course architect of the last 50 years. Casa de Campo is delighted to have three of his courses on the grounds. Each is distinct from the rest yet each bears the signature Dye style and challenge. Dye's hands-on approach and organic style are superbly influenced by the traditions of the game. Of the 18 picturesque holes on the Dye Fore course, number 12 and number 15 are two of the greatest par three holes in the world. "Visually, the course is intimidating and the par three's are incredible." said Gilles Gagnon, Director of Golf at Casa de Campo. The Links course has a moderately hilly track with tall bahia and guinea grass roughs, as well as plenty of sand traps to keep you on your toes. Thought by some to be reminiscent of traditional British and Scottish courses, there are several lagoons and even lakes with wading birds. There are five holes where water comes into play on this course making it a challenge unto itself.

Besides golfing, there are many other leisure opportunities to be found. Explore the beauty of the Dominican Republic.

For local sightseeing and an intimate way to experience the Dominican Republic, take a ride to Santo Domingo, the capital city, and enjoy duty free zones, sugar mills, popular markets and local culture. You can discover Old Santo Domingo, experience the lifestyle and learn about the early history of the island that became the first capital city after Christopher Columbus landed in the new world. Take in the many historical sites including America's first Catholic Cathedral, El Alcazar Museum, Columbus' fort and the Columbus lighthouse.

Other activities could include spending a day at the beach, swimming, tanning and relaxing. Of course, there is always shopping!! Every where you'll find the warm spirit of Dominican hospitality and service, along with an outstanding variety of dining choices and recreational opportunities, so you can relax, revitalize and relish your time in the Dominican Republic. And your taste buds will not be disappointed during your stay; visitors will find delightful Caribbean flavors to satisfy any craving.

Swing and Serve '08