Golf in Argentina
Golf is a well-established sport in Argentina. It has more than 300 courses according to Asociación Argentina de Golf the governing body. Argentina is a huge country with several climate zones, so the optimum playing season varies. Buenos Aires is best September-April, while in chilly Patagonia it's October-March.
The top tournament is the Campeonato Abierto, the Argentine Open, first played in 1905 and hosted by Nordelta GC in Buenos Aires. Until 2023 it was part of PGA Tour Latinoamérica, but from 2024 it's merged with the Canada Open to create PGA Tour Americas, with the Latin American matches played Feb-May. This is a qualifying event for Kom Ferry Tour, the developmental circuit for pro golfers who haven't yet made the grade for the US PGA Tour.
Most courses are private, but travel organizations may be able to book you a round.
Destinations and courses
Buenos Aires hosts the majority of the courses in Argentina, including many famous clubs and courses used for major national and international tournaments. Some of the most famous and best regarded are:
- Jockey Club has hosted many Argentina Opens, several European Tour events and other professional tournaments. There are two 18-hole courses, the Red designed by Alliser Mackenzie in 1928 (6628 yards) and the Blue (6229 yards).
- Pilar Golf Club has 27 holes, the Blue, White, and Red courses. It was the venue of the Argentinian Professional Championship a few times. It has the only Par 6 hole in South America, at 665 yards.
- Buenos Aires Golf Club was opened in 1994 to host the Argentina Open and Los Andes Cup, and hosted the WGC World Cup in 2000. The course was designed by Robert Von Hagge in American style, full of uneven areas which forces players to use all parts of their game.
- Olivos Golf Club is a typical English-style circuit and it can be an easy or difficult layout depending on the setup of the tees and flags. Many famous golfers have played here, including Jack Nicklaus, George Archer, Peter Allis, David Graham, Bob Charles, Tommy Aaron, and many more.
- Los Lagartos Country Club was built by Alberto and Emilio Serra and opened in 1973. Its American-layout features wide fairways and huge tees and the length of the course makes rough unnecessary, except for tournament play. The well-designed dog legs and the strategic location of the water hazards complicate the game, making this course a challenging one. The 27-hole course is divided into 3 nines: La Vieja, Del Agua, La Larga.
Outside Buenos Aires
- Los Acantilados in Mar del Plata is a beautiful 18-hole course along the cliffs.
- Llao Llao is a grand resort in Patagonia.
- Rosario Golf Club in Litoral.
- Club del Campo Mendoza is in in Cuyo wine country.
- Cordoba Golf Club is on a former Jesuit site.
- Salta Polo Club is 5 minutes from Salta city and surrounded by hills and colourful vegetation.