Friday, August 29, 2003
Luxury Living: Cigars at Doral Resort and Golf Club
Golfers say the two go hand in hand, golf and smoking a stogie. Well now, at the Doral Resort and Golf Club, they're turning cigar smoking into a luxury experience. The course is selling 300 dollar cigars and pre-Cuban embargo cigars.
(WSVN) -- A good cigar and a round of golf - what more could you ask for?
But if you like to birdie with a stogie, one local golf resort is taking puffing and playing to a whole new level.
See for yourself, in tonight's Luxury Living report.
Beer and football -- strawberries and cream at Wimbeldon -- hot dogs at baseball games... You get the picture.
And when it comes to teeing off, cigars and golf go hand in hand...
"Part of relaxing is smoking a good cigar every time I play golf," says a golfer.
Now, at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa, where luxury living is the motto, smoking a stogie is just as extravagant.
"We have pre-embargo Cubans from 1958 to 1961," says Jose Moledo of the Doral Golf Resort & Spa, "Pinar and Montecristo, that sell for about $325 dollars a pop. That's what everybody wants. The more expensive it is, the more they want it."
That's right, the resort is now selling premium, and did we mention expensive, cigars.
"It'd be very interesting to taste a $300 dollar cigar," says golfer John Hofmann.
"Let me show you some of the cigars we're talking about," says Jose.
The smoking extravaganza begins in the pro shop, where you can reach into a perfectly tempered humidor and pick out your favorite stogie.
"This cigar is dipped in a Louis the 13th whiskey," says Jose, "which is like having a cigar and drink right next to you."
From pre-embargo Cuban cigars... To hand-rolled Dominicans... To these torpedos flown in from Germany... A cigar here can set you back a pretty penny.
But while your money may go up in smoke... Your bragging rights will last a lifetime.
"It actually becomes a conversation piece on the golf course," says Jose. "Guys brag about it, and tell all their friends about it. It's a lot of money, but I guess a conversation piece is worth the money," he adds with a laugh.
If you want to light it up on the green you can attach to your cart or you can go all out with a sterling silver cigar holder.
It's a high-priced puff but cigar aficionados say it's certainly a hole in one.
They are paying $200 dollars to play golf, they might as well pay for a cigar that goes hand in hand with the golf price.
The resort sells cigars ranging from 70 to 300 plus dollars, so there's a little something for everyone.
Of course, you can always bring your own.
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