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ARGENTINA: Accommodations - Golf - Other Activities

Argentinian Golf Courses

As a result of its strong British connections golf came quite early to Argentina - the first golf course opened for play in 1892. There are now some 300 golf courses to be found around the country, many of the laid-out by leading American designers. Perhaps not surprisingly, about one third of the country's courses are to be found around Buenos Aires. Some of these are well worth the attention of serious aficionados of the game. The remainder are mostly local clubs spread around the major population centers but some found in major resort are worthy of visitor attention. The following a few of the Argentinean courses that we recommend to North American visitors.

San Andres Golf Club, Buenos Aires: Named after St. Andrews golf course in Scotland, San Andres is the oldest golf club in Argentine. It was founded in 1894 by British people working in Argentina and the clubhouse appearance and many of the clubs traditions still reflect its British origins. The course is also one of the nearest to downtown Buenos Aires.

The Jockey Club, Buenos Aires: Also with British origins, The Jockey Club was founded in 1882 as a sporting club for gentlemen. As its name implies it was equestrian in nature and to this day it has a race course and five polo fields. In the 1920's, already the center for high society in Argentina, the club acquired 785 acres and commissioned Dr. Alistair MacKenzie, of Augusta and Cypress Point fame, to design two courses for them. The Red Course at the Jockey Club is considered one of his masterpieces. The Jockey Club is also close to downtown Buenos Aires.

Olivos Club, Buenos Aires: Located about 25 miles north of Buenos Aires, Olivos Golf Club has three nine hole courses. The club was founded in 1926 is fairly typical of course from that era - long, fairly narrow tree lined fairways. It has hosted the Argentine Masters and Open and has attracted major international players to compete in them.

Pilar Golf Club Buenos Aires: Located in a fashionable suburb of Buenos Aires, the course at Pilar Golf Club is a relatively new American style golf layout - manicured fairways and large greens. It too has three nine hole courses with its longest combination making-up 7,221 yards from the tips. It has a modern clubhouse offer golfers a full range of services.

Llao Llao Golf Resort, Bariloche: A part of the Llao Llao Hotel and Resort, one of Argentina's premier deluxe accommodations. The resort is the heart the Nahual Haupi National Park and the golf course, an excellent layout, is particularly noted for the spectacular scenery and its wild life. It winds between two lakes with the snow topped Andes as a majestic backdrop.

Arelauquen Golf Club, Bariloche: A well maintained resort course and one of the two best in the Bariloche area. It is also noted for its scenic surroundings.