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Argentine Golf Tour


A chance to play some of Argentina's best courses

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Golf in South America

Argentina

It is said that when the British arrived in Argentina to construct a vast railway network, they also built golf courses at practically every train station on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.  A good example, The Hurlingham Club, was founded in 1888 and shortly afterwards it became the first to have a proper golf course, nine holes and designed by William Lacey.  Other designers followed, such as Allister Mackenzie – and in other cities too, including in the early days, Rosario and Mar del Plata.  Nowadays, there are over 200 golf courses throughout the country, from the northern province of Jujuy to Tierra del Fuego.  The season runs from October to May, making it an ideal European winter break. Apart form the Andes region around picturesque Bariloche, temperatures rarely fall below freezing in the capital Buenos Aires, even in June or July.  Hence, Argentina is virtually a year round golfing destination.

Buenos Aires

Jockey Club Golf Course

The clubhouse at Jockey ClubTo many, it is an architectural jewel, designed by Allister MacKenzie, one of golf’s great course designers.  Bearing in mind MacKenzie’s origins, it is perhaps not surprising that the course bears similarities with St Andrews and North Berwick. Inaugurated in 1928, Jockey Club has hosted the Argentine Open on 16 occasions. Just 25 minutes drive from Buenos Aires city centre, Jockey Club is known for its wide greens and lateral bunkers, though trademark feature are its pine tree lined fairways.  Widely considered a must-play for visiting golfers. Open from Tuesday to Friday. Weekends for members only.  www.jockeyclub.com.ar

Olivos Golf Club

Putting at OlivosOn the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires, Olivos Golf Club is one of the most traditional and renowned in Argentina and has 3 courses:  Blanca, Colorada, and Azul.  Founded in 1926, Olivos possesses all the classic features and course design of a bygone era, narrow fairways lined with a wide variety of mature trees. It is generally considered to be one of the best courses in South America and has hosted numerous prestigious tournaments including the World Amateur Championship and Argentine Open. Open from Tuesday to Friday. Weekends for members only.  www.olivosgolfclub.com.ar

Hurlingham

Hurlingham golf courseAs a founding member of the Argentine Golf Association, Hurlingham was established by a group of Englishmen keen to keep up the same sports they had played in their homeland.  These included polo, cricket (played between November and March) and even a form of simulated fox hunting – the time came to build a golf course which was inaugurated in 1893.   All along the course, where the Abierta de la Republica (Argentine Open) took place many times, there are impressive old trees, which separate the golf course from the other sports.   Hurlingham’s fast, difficult to read greens are well defended by bunkers and narrow approaches.  www.hurlingham.com.ar

Buenos Aires Golf Club

Buenos Aires Golf ClubIn December 2000, when the World Golf Championship debuted at this 27 hole course, Tiger Woods and David Duval were fascinated by the layout.  It perhaps reminded them of home, as the course was designed by American Robert von Hagge.  Country Club is undoubtedly one of the best courses in Argentina, the quality of the greens and fairways making it a unique place to play – challenging, yet versatile and thus accessible for players of all handicaps.  Open from Tuesday to Friday. Weekends for members only.  www.bagolf.com.ar

 

Cordoba

Cordoba Golf Club

Cordoba golf clubThe golf club of Villa Allende lies at the foot of the Sierras Chicas, an attractive location, frequented by locals as much as visitors.  Just over 12 miles from downtown Cordoba, this traditional English-style course is considered to be among the best in the country.  The proximity of the mountains ensures that players not only enjoy stunning views but also match their skills against a number of natural obstacles.  The trees are a major component at Cordoba, a course where two of the country’s best players, Edurado ‘Gato’ Romero and Angel ‘Pato’ Cabrera both started playing – the cat and the duck! www.cbagolf.com.ar

Potrerillo de Larreta Golf Club

Potrerillo de Larreta Golf CourseBuried deep in a stretch of land full of Jesuit and colonial history, Potrerillo de Larreta is the newest and some would say most stunning golf course in the province of Cordoba.  For many years, virtually the entire area belonged to the imposing Jesuit estancia of Alta Gracia.  Nowadays, the property, still owned by the Larreta family, boasts an outstanding golf course, overlooked by the colonial-style main house.   Situated in a valley surrounded by rolling hills, the visitor will encounter a very distinct landscape as compared with Buenos Aires or the Andes, several rounded rocks and endemic trees contributing to an unique experience. www.potrerillodelarreta.com

 

Bariloche

Llao Llao

View of Llao Llao Hotel and golf courseLocated 22 miles from Bariloche airport, the main building was built in 1940 by well known local architect Ezequil Bustillo and extensively renovated in 1993.  Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and unexplored forests, the hotel provides breathtaking views out over Nahuel Huapi National Park and beyond it west towards Chile.  The challenging par 70 golf course meanders over lush, hilly countryside - with many features that include a range of doglegs, tight, sloping fairways and immaculate greens.  www.llaollao.com

Chapelco Golf Resort

Chapelco golf courseAbout a 2 hour drive north of Bariloche is the idyllic town of San Martin de los Andes and a few miles further out of town, Chapelco.  Chapelco was designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son, their first venture anywhere in South America, and features not only a championship standard course, but over 400 residential lots and a recently opened hotel.  The area is gateway to a wide range of other activities, including fly-fishing, kayaking, sailing, ski-ing and riding.  www.chapelcogolf.com

Arelauquen

Arelauquen golf courseA short drive north of Bariloche, Arelauquen Country Club was designed by one of the great Argentine players of recent times and still active on the US Seniors Tour, Vicente Fernandez.  Nestled among mountains and boasting magnificent views of Cerro Otto, Cerro Catedral and Lago Guitierrez, Arelauquen is known for its sloping, rolling undulating terrain and tight, tree-lined fairways.  Moreover, Arelauquen has a top level hotel with heated pool.  Facilities also include tennis courts, riding stables and polo field.  www.arelauquen.com

 

We are also able to advise on a range of tailor-made Golfing options throughout other countries in South America
– these include Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador.