PGA Tour to Support Puerto Rico with Special Event in March
The PGA TOUR and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) recently announced that a special, unofficial PGA TOUR event will be held in Puerto Rico in March 2018 to aid recovery efforts on the Island featuring PGA TOUR golfers, athletes, and celebrities. In addition, with a renewed sponsorship commitment from the PRTC, the Puerto Rico Open, which celebrated 10 years of PGA TOUR golf in Puerto Rico in 2017, will return as a four-day, official PGA TOUR event in 2019 and 2020.
"The Puerto Rico Open has been part of the PGA TOUR for the last 10 years and our commitment to golf on the island has never been stronger," said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. "Our hope is that this special event will benefit Puerto Rico's recovery efforts to the fullest extent while reminding the world that Puerto Rico is a premier golf and travel destination.”
With details being confirmed in the coming weeks, the event will be held at our very own TPC Dorado Beach Resort & Club and will bring together PGA TOUR players, athletes, celebrities and sponsors benefitting the island’s charitable foundations. Since its inauguration, the Puerto Rico Open has supported the work of local charities and donated a record $690,000 to non-profit establishments that work with children, youth, and health-related issues.
Puerto Rico is known as the premier location for golf professionals and enthusiasts in the Caribbean, where golf fans travel from all over the world to play throughout the year on the Island's 20 championship golf courses.
TPC Dorado Beach is home to three renowned championship golf courses. The courses are located in a private seaside sanctuary along two miles of Puerto Rico's most pristine northeastern shores, nestled within the former Rockefeller Estate's superb landscaping.
Rated #1 Golf Course in Puerto Rico by Golf Digest, Robert Trent Jones Jr.'s renovation of the historic East Course to the original vision designed by his father brings this classic seaside course into the 21st century as a modern masterpiece.The Sugarcane Course is the more challenging of the courses, although it boasts larger fairways and greens. The back nine is surrounded by newly created rivers and lakes and offers a much different look, never before seen at the old Cerromar and Dorado Courses.The Pineapple Course, also built in 1972, was designed to be the more friendly course for golfers with fewer forced carries. The back nine is made up of four holes with ocean views, concluding with a fantastic par four 18th that finishes up on a green just below the golf Clubhouse terrace.
"The best way the Puerto Rico Open can serve the Island is by focusing our manpower this year towards hosting a special event that will benefit Puerto Ricans directly," said Chairman of the Puerto Rico Open David H. Chafey. "Our goal is to facilitate raising no less than $500,000 to donate to 20 native non-profit organizations that provide services to our people. We are dedicated to helping Puerto Rico recover and will be ready to host the 2019 Puerto Rico Open."
The announcement comes weeks after the Carvin School, a non-profit, college preparatory institution in Puerto Rico, received special recognition during the PGA TOUR's annual awards ceremony at Tournament Meetings on December 7, 2017. The school, which has been central to the success of the Puerto Rico Open since the event's launch, received financial aid to help rebuild after Hurricane Maria.
About Dorado Beach Resort & Club
Nestled on the lush and luxurious northern coastline of the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico with a beautiful mountain backdrop and miles of pristine beaches, Dorado Beach blends the majesty of its natural setting and the richness of its 50+ year heritage into a unique and private Caribbean residential resort community designed to be explored. To experience the best of what Dorado Beach Resort & Club has to offer, learn more about their vacation packages and their exclusive Club Membership.