Campo de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires – Municipal
Just minutes from downtown Buenos Aires, the golf club lies in Parque 3 de Febrero near the Palermo parks, often compared to the Bois de Boulogne in Paris. Founded as the Argentine Golf Club in 1905 by Carlos Tornquist with the help of two former presidents, Julio Roca and Bartolomé Mitre, it was originally designed by Thomas Watson and modified substantially by the great Alister McKenzie in 1930. In the 1950s the course was taken over by the municipality and reopened as the only public golf course in a city centre in all South America, the training ground of future champions.
It covers 34 hectares and is an impressive example of the talented McKenzie’s designs, as he took full advantage of the limited terrain to create a demanding and challenging course.
San Andrés Golf Club
One of most venerable of all the golf clubs in Argentina, it was first created in 1892, the site of the first tournament held in the country only two years later. It was officially inaugurated in 1907 as the St. Andrew’s golf club, parking back to the oldest and most traditional club in the world, The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrew's in Scotland. The district around the San Andrés also adopted this name, as did the railway station opened initially for the benefit of assiduous golf players. Like so many institutions of the early 1900s in Argentina, such as the railways and communications, golf was largely British, the pastime of the expatriate officials running the big transport companies. At weekends their large families with a retinue of servants would take the train to the Golf Club. As time went on, it was the sons and daughters of these pioneers, naturalised Argentines who kept up British traditions and today the Club is completely Argentine.
The 18-hole course which covers almost 46 hectares was designed by the famous Scottish professional Mungo Park, with a 72 par for gentlemen and 73 for the ladies. The course is considered to be one of the finest due to its level of difficulty as well as its tradition, with a rough reputed to strike fear into the hearts of even the most experienced. Open from Tuesday to Friday. Weekends for members only.
Hurlingham Golf and Polo Club
Just 45 minutes’ drive from the centre of Buenos Aires, the Club was founded in 1888 by the Anglo community led by John Ravenscroft who proposed forming an identical club to the English one in the heart of a predominantly English suburb of Buenos Aires.
The Hurlingham Club is an outstanding sports and recreational centre with beautifully cared-for cricket and polo pitches as well as lawn tennis courts and a golf course, radiating out from an elegant Tudor style clubhouse.
The golf course can be used all year round and plays host to the Hurlingham Open Cup and the Fay Crocker Ladies South American Tournament. Open from Tuesday to Friday.
Jockey Club Buenos Aires
Founded in 1882 by a group of racing enthusiasts from the world of business and politics, the Jockey Club legitimized and reorganised the whole world of horse-racing in Argentina, and indeed in South America, by then a rather dubious pastime, frequented by shady characters of ill-repute. The new Club was modelled on the finest European establishments which attracted a first class social elite and thus eminently desirable for those pushing for its formation. In 1930 it opened two 18-hole golf-course, both designed by Alister McKenzie, and a few years later, its English-style Golf Club House.
Considered to be a must-play for golfers visiting the area, the Jockey Club has hosted many notables, past and present, of the game including: Bobby Jones, Byron Nelson, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Steve Ballesteros, Tom Watson and young Sergio Garcia. Open from Tuesday to Friday. Weekends for members only.
Olivos Golf Club
Located approximately 25 miles north of Buenos Aires, Olivos has 3 "courses,": Blanca (white), Colorada (red) and Azul (blue), playing 3379, 3330 and 3038 yards respectively from the back tees. Founded in 1926, the Olivos Golf Club reveals all of the classic features and course design of a bygone era, the fairways narrow and lined with mature trees. It boasts 27 holes and is considered to be one of the best courses in South America thanks to its layout and has hosted important international championships such as the master’s tournament. Open from Tuesday to Friday. Weekends for members only.
Buenos Aires Golf Club
Inaugurated relatively recently in 1994 to hold two world-class events, the Argentine Open and the Los Andes Cup, the BA Golf Club also hosted the EMC2 World Cup in 2000 in which some of the world’s top golfers pitted their skills against each other, including the ineffable Tiger Woods.
It has a 27-hole course designed by Robert Von Hagge and is reputedly one of the best in South America, not to mention Argentina with perfect greens and fairways as well as plenty of water. It is extremely challenging for golfers given the multiple possibilities for tees at each hole, but is also very versatile and thus accessible for players of all handicaps. Open from Tuesday to Friday. Weekends for members only.
Pilar Golf Club
A truly memorable playing experience, the relatively new Pilar Golf Club is markedly different from Olivos and the Jockey Club in both layout and design. American golfers in particular, can feel right at home with its manicured greens, huge man-made ponds, and wide open fairways with swales lurking front and back at every turn.
It has three different 9 hole courses, namely: Azul (blue), Blanca (white), and Colorada (red). Cancha Colorada is the longest at 3,748 yards from the professional tees. Cancha Blanca is not as long as the Colorada at 3, 587 yards, but makes up for its shorter yardage with water at several holes. Weekends for members only.
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