Under no circumstance and in no context does the word “frigid” carry even the least bit of appeal. The very essence of the word is akin to the idea of a Hillary Clinton Swimsuit Calendar – it just makes the skin crawl and sends a frightening shiver up and down the spine.
Right now in the midwest, the operative word in every weather forecast is “frigid.” Schools have been closed for days. Grocery stores look like a casting call for the “Lord of the Flies” sequel. My driveway is merely a rumor. What I once recall as being a decently attractive ramp of concrete is currently a growing drift of frozen everything.
And I hate it.
Yes, there was a time in my life when winter weather was welcome. Snow forts were constructed, snowmobiles were ridden, snow pants were comfy, and no one could tell me otherwise.
Then, I turned 14 and began to realize how much more enjoyable warmth is.
So, on this day when the wind chill is a balmy -21, I find myself craving a return to one of the most incredible settings on earth – Punta Cana Resort and Club in the Dominican Republic.
One of our favorite things to do at MGL-TV is showcase places that we feel our audience would really enjoy visiting, but perhaps have never been introduced to. This is the story of such a place.
Each year at the PGA Merchandise Show, there are a number of unplanned reunions as friends from the world of golf bump into each other (literally) in the crowded aisles.
In 2011, I was busy pretending to be busy, rounded a corner, and saw Jay Overton, longtime Pro at Innisbrook near Tampa. We had produced some shows for the resort and became friends with Jay during the days of production. He is, without a doubt, one of the nicest, most thoughtful men I’ve encountered in my career.
As we chatted, he shared with me an update that would forever impact my thought processes on frigid winter days like this. He had just become Director of Golf at Punta Cana Resort and Club’s Corales Course. His new digs are part of a resort that stretches along a stunning shoreline in the Dominican Republic and we should come check it out.
We now interrupt this story for a reality check. Everyone, and I mean everyone on the face of the planet tells me the same thing. They all work at the coolest place. We should come check it out. And then they NEVER follow up to make it happen. You know the old saying “if I had nickel for every time…”? I believe that saying originated from the barrage of hollow invitations and promises made to MGL over the years.
But Jay meant it. He made it happen. We went to Paradise. I am forever grateful to him for making it happen.
From here, this “travelogue” is going to take a bit of a twist. Instead of me writing 5,000 words on why Punta Cana Resort and Club (PCRC) is the all-time leader in MGL road trip history, please allow me to put those thoughts before you on video.
Before you click on the LINK below, here are a few random notes and memories, some of which were left on the edit suite floor due to time constraints:
– While there is wonderful golf at PCRC, don’t just make it a buddy trip. Take the family. They deserve to see this awesome place.
– Spend a few bucks and do the fishing charter. You’ll be catching neon-colored fish left and right. Then – and this is vital insider information – ask them to prepare it for your dinner that same night. You will write me a thank you note for that tip.
– Yes, Corales is worth it. Pay the dough and play the course. They only allow 24 rounds/day and you need to be among them. And do your best to take Jay Overton along for the ride. The stories from a lifetime in golf are well worth it.
– Stay in an ocean front villa. The sounds and smells from the beach are why you went in the first place.
– Sunblock is a good idea unless you always wanted to know how the ant felt when you had a magnifying glass.
– PCRC owns the PC airport. When you book your trip, do your bestto have the “VIP bypass” of a very long security line. The resort can make that happen and it will save you hours.
Enjoy the show…and enjoy your time at Punta Cana Resort and Club!