Hindu Golf Club
Est. 1919 / Don Torcuato / 30kms N / 45min / Tue-Fri / caddies & trolleys
The Hindu Golf Club is one the most traditional golf clubs in Argentina. The course has 27 holes and was design by Mr Blasi in 1919. With more than 90 years of history this venue was host of the most important professional and amateur tournaments of Argentina as the Argentinean Open, and the Amateur World cup in 1972. The golf course has a great forestation, making Hindu beautiful to play and to observe. Greens are small and fast. The fairways are wide and the rough is not a big challenge. Is one of those golf courses were the shots to the green are extremely important. Missing the green can bring bogies or others in your scorecard very easily.
Estancias Golf Club
Est. 2008 / Pilar / 70kms N / 60 mins / Tue-Sun / caddies & trolleys
Being the first course in Argentina designed by Randall Thompson, and built by his company American Golf Course Design, this recently inaugurated 18 holes course par 71 of almost 7.000 yards represents a great challenge requiring a wide range of shots that impede to box in only one determined game style, privileging strategic game. A total of 11 water hazards appear in more than half of the holes, some of them are displayed as big lagoon like the ones bordering the 8th, 9th, 12th, 17th, 18th. Probably one of the characteristic of this layout of rolling bumps fairways is the different shapes that designer used for the creation of more than 100 bunkers that protect both tee shots and approaches. The greens constructed under USGA regulations have normal size, letting the ball run fast and at the same time smoothly receiving the approaches. The clubhouse offers very good facilities, from a barbecue to a bar with a relaxing terrace. From there, the evening views are great, with the plain sunset over the flat wide horizon behind the fairways and lagoons; all perfectly combined with the native flora.
Ranelagh Golf Club “Roberto de Vicenzo Course”
Est. 1938 / Ranelagh / 38kms S / 40mins / Tue-Fri / caddies
Like many other golf clubs established in the beginning of the century, the creation of this golf course was responsibility of a group of members who were employees of a railway company of British origin, owner of the land. It is an exigent par 73 of 6,629 yards characterized by its very good maintenance and a great forestation. The fact that the course has five par 5 and some short par 3 (holes 6, 8 & 12) can make you think that is an easy to score layout, however you should be careful in some toughs par 4 (like holes 1, 3, 17 & 18) were getting the par is not easy at all. A couple of water hazards, some out of bounds, and bunkers constitute the main protections of the course. Like in the case of the Olivos, maybe one of the characteristics of this place is being displayed on a natural moving land, where all around the land is mainly flat (like in these areas of our country). But above all, what makes Ranelagh stands out is its tradition, as it is the ‘cradle’ of the best Argentine golfer of the history, Roberto De Vicenzo (British Open winner in 1967, and the first US Senior Open Champion). Roberto has been living couple of blocks from the clubhouse since he was a young kid; nowadays being 85 plus years old, he still spends most of his time at the clubhouse, sharing his company with the members and also playing 9 holes many times a week.
Hurlingham Golf Club
Est. 1892 / Hurlingham / 40kms W / 45min / Tue-Fri / caddies & trolleys
The first 9 holes of Hurlingham Golf Club were inaugurated in 1892 and the second 9 in 1922. As many of the English golf courses, it was built near a railway stations. It is a 71-par course of 6,349 yards that, as many of the golf courses of those years, characterizes by its small fast greens and narrow fairways. Hurlingham is always a good place to visit, not only by the excellent maintenance of the course but also for its surroundings. It was host of the Argentine Open several times and of the most important tournaments of the Amateur Ranking, such as the Argentine Amateur Championship, and the Argentine Interclub Championship. This Club also hosts every year the “Abierto de Hurlingham” second event of the “Polo Triple Crown Argentina”, the finest polo championship in the world where most of teams play 35 plus goals.
Golf Club Argentino
Est. 1957 / Del Viso / 45kms N / 50min / Mon-Fri / caddies & trolleys
Named “Argentino” for being the first golf club in the country established by argentine people, this club of more than one hundred years of history counts with a beautiful course in the city of “Del Viso” 45 kilometers from downtown. Their original course was located just in the heart of Buenos Aires city, and when the local government bought the Railways Companies to the British, they expropriated the course from the club. That was in the fifties, when the members bought these big lands out of the city, and created what nowadays is one of the most ancient and traditional Country Clubs of Buenos Aires, the “Argentino Golf & CC”. The course is a very beautiful 18 holes par 72. This British parkland, of big and fast greens is always presented in great shape from tee to green. Excellent grass on the greens provides speed. Strategic doglegs, water hazards, and very good located bunkers, will demand a lot of strategy to assure a good score, while enjoying the sights of a magnificent park of old big trees.
Jockey Club RED Course
Est. 1923 / San Isidro / 25kms N / 30min / Tue-Thu & specific Mondays / caddies & trolleys
The Jockey Club is an institution with a lot of tradition where all of the Argentine Presidents were members. It was founded in 1880 and has two courses of 18 holes, both designed Mr. Allister Mackenzie (named “designer of the 20th Century” famous for designing Augusta National GC among other prestigious courses). Both trails are characterized for having holes for the strategic golfer. The RED course is the most famous one, for having hosted a great amount of the most important tournaments, such as the Argentine Open, the World Cup, the European Tour and the most important amateur championships. Some of the best golfers in history such as Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Craig Stadler, Byron Nelson and Sergio Garcia played here too. You can really notice Mckenzie’s spirit on the greens. The 18th hole is a clear example; the designer was inspired in OLD Course Saint Andrews, and used the same concept: straight short par 4 of 356 yards, no bunkers, a “valley of sin” in the entrance and a terrible green. In 2005 Golf digest ranked The Jockey Club Red Course in the top 100 courses around the world. Due to the strict “members only policy”, playing here for non-members is almost impossible, only certain Mondays of the year, or invited by a member who need to play with you in the same foursome.
Pilar Golf Club
Est. 1992 / Fatima / 60km N / 55min / Tue-Sun / GPS buggies
Destined to be South America's premier golf course, this magnificent 18-hole, par 72 course of 7.123 yards already has critics raving about the beauty of its natural setting. Perfectly nestled in the rolling Argentinean countryside, the course is displayed around numerous lakes, wetland, native trees and ornamental grass outcroppings. It presents one of Argentinean’s truest and purest tests for golfers of all categories. Pilar Golf Club was designed by the international architectural team at American Golf Course Design LTDA, South America's most prestigious design firm. Golfers will appreciate such details as the truest bent-grass putting surfaces, the finest hybrid Bermuda fairways, challenging white sand bunkers and expansive lakes, all designed and maintained to create an unforgettable golf experience. Pilar Golf Club hosted the Argentine PGA Championship, Argentine Amateur Championship and the Argentine Open (2006 & 2011). Non-members are welcome from Tuesday to Sunday; and the medium price green fee includes the GPS buggies.
San Andres Golf Club
Est. 1892 / San Martin / 25km W / 35min / Tue-Sun / caddies
San Andres Golf Club is the oldest golf club in Argentina. The first course was built near the present location in 1892, where the first official golf match in Argentina was played in 1894. The club's history grew with the railroad, which brought progress and communication; sports were introduced by British and soon become a reference point for their community settled in the country. Later, it was the Argentine-born kin of these pioneers that kept the communities' traditions alive. Today, when a vast majority of the members are Argentine born, many of the traditions of the British antecessors are still observed. The 18 hole golf course was designed by Scottish Pro Mr. Mungo Park. It is a par 72 for Men and 73 for Ladies, with a maximum 6472 yards length, sounds short… till the moment you meet the rough! SAGC hosted the Argentine Open 21 times (more than any other club). Roberto De Vicenzo, the 1967 British Open Champion, won here twice, and is presently an honorary member. Highlights: non-members welcomed from Tuesday to Sunday, prices are reasonable; excellent caddies and is the closest course to the city.
Olivos Golf Club
Est. 1931 / Del Viso / 42kms N / 45min. / Tue-Sun / caddies & trolleys
The Olivos GC is one of the best courses in the country and the region, as said by Angel Cabrera, Eduardo Romero and the Golf Digest Magazine, ranking it within the top 100 courses around the world, and in the best position of the three courses of our country. Here is played every year the Argentine Masters Tournament, being the winner international stars such as Payne Stewart, Bernard Langher, Gary Player, Vijay Singh and Craig Stadler. Was also chosen as venue for World Amateur Golf Championship in two ocassions (1972 & 2010). This 27 holes parkland (White / Red / Blue) of 6,705 yards from the blue tees was designed by Luther Koontz, who used to work with Alister Mackenzie (the Augusta National Architect). This parkland of big trees is laid out over a piece of land with lot of ramps and movement. Is one of those courses with no silly holes, where you have to careful on every shot. Tough par 4s with dog legs, a couple of hazards protecting approaches and tee shots, and deep bunkers like in the par 3 of the 17th can put you in trouble at any moment. The course maintenance is excellent all throughout the year, offering fast receiving greens of different sizes. Prestige, history, tradition, challenge, all these put together explains why is considered locally a golf paradise. Although the green fee is expensive, non-members are welcome from Tuesday to Sunday; buggies are not available and caddies are very good.
CHAPELCO GOLF CLUB (San Martin de los Andes, 10min from downtown)
This sport resort offers a first class hotel nestled amidst the impressive scenery of San Martín de los Andes, a few kilometers from the center of the city. It has the first 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II, built by the Overseas Golf Construction. One essential feature in its design is the respect paid to the environment. Its lawn is fully integrated with the surrounding landscape, with one additional advantage: Chapelco Golf & Resort will be part of the exclusive Jack Nicklaus International Golf Club. Furthermore, the resort admits the practice of other sports and offers all the necessary comfort to satisfy high level tourism, giving special emphasis to the environment and life quality. It also has a club house with coffee-shop, snack bar, restaurant, pro-shop and changing rooms with locker. 18 holes, par 72. Five tees of: 5956 yards / 6348 / 7114 .
LLAO LLAO GOLF COURSE (Bariloche, 2’ minutes from the Llao Llao Hotel & Resort)
The golf Course is a short, but tricky 5,856-yard Par 71. Precise tee-shot placement is imperative or you will be firing over, under or around cypress or larch trees all day. The Llao Llao 18-hole golf links are unique in Argentina. The course has rolling greens and fairways sown with fine grass and surrounded by lake Nahuel Huapi and old woods with large-size specimens. Perfectly integrated bunkers, water hazards and greens, all different from each other, make up an interesting and harmonic assembly. The 18th hole, a 220yard par 3, will also get your heart racing with a forced carry over a huge inlet of Lake Nahuel Huapi.