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CURAÇAO EMERGING AS POPULAR GOLF DESTINATION FOR TRAVELERS

Island’s 18-Hole Courses Offer Idyllic Setting and Host of Competitions for Golfers

WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO – May 7, 2012 – Curaçao is a hole in one for golf fanatics! With its postcard-perfect weather and location just outside of the Hurricane Belt, Curaçao’s three 18-hole golf courses offer avid golfers the perfect environment for improving their golf game under the Caribbean sun.

The opening of the Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa & Marina’s 18-hole, Pete Dye-designed Old Quarry Golf Course in April 2010 was an exciting addition to an already burgeoning golf scene on the island, which includes the 18-hole Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort and the 18-hole Curaçao Golf and Squash Club.

“Set against our crystalline waters and pristine beaches, Curaçao is a memorable and ideal setting for the beginner, intermediate and even advanced golfer,” says Curaçao Tourist Board CEO Ghatim Kabbara. “Travelers are finding it both impressive and convenient to have three different 18-hole golf courses at their fingertips on an island as small as Curaçao. Each of our 18-hole golf courses offer fun and challenging events year round, even for those golfers on the professional circuit.

The Curaçao Golf and Squash Club offers daily organized matches and is a popular destination for travelers interested in arranging a good-natured corporate golf competition. Tourist are invited to sign up for the monthly ‘Nine and Dine’ at the Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort for a round of golf followed by a special dinner. Or make plans to travel for the resort’s annual MCB Curaçao Open on July 28, 2012, where tourists from across the globe join local golfers to play for the title of ‘Curaçao Tourist Champion.’ If you’re a professional golfer, be sure to sign up for next year’s MCB Curaçao Invitational Pro-Am Tournament, which takes place in April and brings golfers from different countries to Curacao to compete for prize money and prestige.

The Hyatt Regency Curaçao Golf Resort, Spa & Marina’s Old Quarry Golf Course offers travelers a special unlimited golf getaway package, featuring unlimited rounds of golf per person and daily breakfast for two in MEDI, one of the resort’s popular restaurants.
Increasingly recognized for its golf offering and presence in the golf community, Curaçao was recently asked to host a welcome cocktail event for the Carmel Country Club’s 32nd Annual Pro-Am Tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 24, 2012. The 32nd Annual Pro-Am is the largest and most prestigious Pro-Am in the Carolina’s with more than 220 golf professionals and Carmel Country Club members in attendance. And with Insel Air’s nonstop flights from Charlotte Airport, Curaçao is easier than ever for these Charlotte area golfers to explore the island!

For more information on Curaçao’s attractions and its vibrant golf scene, please visit Curacao.com.

About Curaçao
Selected as the ‘Favorite Caribbean Destination’ by About.com, ‘Top Destination 2012’ by Frommer’s, one of the ‘Top 21 Places We’re Going in 2011’ by Fodor’s, one of the ‘Hottest Destinations for 2011’ by AOL Travel and one of the ‘Destinations to Watch in 2011’ by SmarterTravel, Curaçao is a unique Caribbean island paradise, boasting 35 uncrowded beaches, and an eclectic mix of history and culture. Explore the vibrant, culturally diverse capital city of Willemstad – a UNESCO World Heritage site – with its distinctive architecture, museums, monuments and world-class shopping. Indulge in Curaçao’s vast selection of flavorful restaurants, with a mix of sophisticated international and tasty local cuisines. Discover Curaçao’s abundant natural beauty, pristine dive sites and spectacular snorkeling at secluded beaches – including Cas Abao Beach, selected as one of the ‘Top 10 Beach Destinations for 2011’ by SmarterTravel. Curaçao offers idyllic weather, situated outside of the Hurricane Belt. To learn more about the island of Curaçao visit Curacao.com.