By Leigh MacKay

With the winter solstice a mere month away and with the undeniable, harsh weather that accompanies these short days and long nights, New England golfers must decide if they will pursue their favorite pastime in warmer and sunnier climes or if they will put their clubs in the deep freeze for a few dreadful months.

The latter is a decision of desperation, so the former is definitely the way to go!

Therefore, the Dominican Republic should be on every New England golfer’s frost-proof itinerary.

With an average year-round temperature in the 70s, this island nation is the No. 1 vacation destination in the Caribbean Sea. It offers a veritable cornucopia of transcendent resorts and golf courses. That overflowing horn of plenty, however, can be confusing to those who are unfamiliar with the many options the DR offers or to those who are searching for alternatives.

Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort, located in Punta Cana, the tourist epicenter of the Dominican Republic with 25 miles of beach, is encircled by the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort is the best choice to fulfill the Island’s claim, The Dominican Republic has it all. Set your expectations high if you want to vacation in luxury while spending quality time chasing that small, dimpled white ball.

Located ocean-front along nearly two miles of the sugary, white-sand Bavaro Beach — named one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world by Trip Advisor and National Geographic — this world-class resort has completed a $250 million transformation. The Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort is one of the largest, most complete all-inclusive facilities in the Caribbean. And, the Lakes Golf Club is the oldest championship course in the Punta Cana area and one of the best.

Barcelo Bavaro Grand is actually two resorts in one: Barcelo Bavaro Palace, the family hotel; Barcelo Bavaro Beach, the adults-only district.

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe is a family-friendly all-inclusive resort offering lots of on-site amenities including a spa, 24-hour casino, four swimming pools – one for adults only and another for kids – and 11 restaurants…. More