Chile

Chile is essentially a long coastal strip (just over 100 miles wide on average and nearly 3,000 miles in length) that lies between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean on the east side of South America. Bordering Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, the country has a wildly diverse landscape that ranges from the Atacama desert in the north to the islands and fjords found in the south with forests, volcanoes and mountains in between.

Chile's main export since the early 1800s has been copper but the country has diversified its source of outside income since the demise of General Pinochet and many imbibers will have sampled the produce of one or more of Chile’s five winemaking regions as the reputation of its viniculture grows.

Many tourists now travel to the north to admire Inca architecture in San Pedro de Atacam or to view the volcanos of Pomerape and Parinacota. Other visitors go south to wonder at the glacial formations in the Laguna San Rafael National Park. For the more energetic, there are major ski resorts in the Andes and surfing centres along the Pacific coast.

Golf in Chile dates back to the 1930s when the country’s first golf association was formed but it soon folded and was replaced by the Chilean Golf Federation (Federación Chilena de Golf) in 1948. Golf courses can be found up and down the entire length of Chile but the lion’s share are centred around Aconcagua and Santiago. Currently there are 60 golf clubs affiliated to the Federation.

Our Chilean golf course rankings were last updated in March 2016, click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Chile

Patagonia Virgin

1st Chile Ranking

Patagonia Virgin Golf Club's fairways sit 450 feet above Lake Llanquihue, with views across its sparkling waters to the surrounding rain forest.

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Los Leones

2nd Chile Ranking

Club de Golf Los Leones was established in 1910 and it’s one of Chile’s most exclusive sporting establishments that enjoys a breathtaking background canvas of the Andes Mountains and the city of Santiago.

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La Serena

3rd Chile Ranking

The residential development at La Serena Golf is the biggest real estate project in northern Chile, covering a vast area between Caleta San Pedro and Punta Teatino, at the northern end of the Bay of Coquimbo.

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Rocas de Santo Domingo (Roja & Azul)

4th Chile Ranking

Club de Golf Rocas de Santo Domingo was formed in the early 1940s and its founding members established a course in wooded terrain near the mouth of the River Maipo...

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Las Brisas de Santo Domingo (Roja & Azul)

5th Chile Ranking

The golf course at Las Brisas Golf Club extends to 27 holes and Arizona-based Gage Davis Associates were responsible for the design of the course which opened in 1995...

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Magallanes

6th Chile Ranking

Situated on the Brunswick Peninsula, overlooking the Strait of Magellan, the 10-hole layout at Magallanes Golf Club is one of the most southerly courses in the world. When the wind gets up, as it often does here, there’s absolutely no hiding from its ferocity.

Valle Escondido

7th Chile Ranking

The 9-hole course at Valle Escondido Club de Golf features large greens, which allows two pin positions on every putting surface, one for each nine, with holes stylishly routed around a couple of man-made ponds.

Hacienda Chicureo

8th Chile Ranking

Designed by American Mike Asmundson from Port Townsend, Washington, the golf course at the Hacienda Chicureo Club is laid out in two rather contrasting loops...

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Granadilla

9th Chile Ranking

Club de Campo Granadilla can trace its roots back to 1897 when Valparaiso Golf Club was established by a group of English businessmen working in the nearby South Pacific seaport of the same name.

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Mapocho

10th Chile Ranking

Golf Mapocho was the first public course to open in Chile when it debuted in 2014. Laid out within a long, narrow 150-acre tract of land on the flood plain of the Mapocho River, it was constructed for tournament play by Arizona-based architect Mike Asmundson.