The 27 holes at Buenos Aires Golf Club opened for play in 1994 and the renowned architect Robert von Hagge designed each loop. Buenos Aires is always considered one of the best courses in South America.
It is a course of American design with nine lakes spread across 45 hectares. Each hole at Buenos Aires Golf Club has four sets of tees, suitable for players of all levels (from professionals to the highest handicaps). Besides quality of the design, Buenos Aires is a well-maintained course.
Buenos Aires Golf Club has hosted all the important local and South American events, such as the Los Andes Cup 1994, Argentine Open 1994, 2004 and 2007, Argentine Amateur Championship and National Stroke Play Championship, Argentine Championship of Interclubes and it permanently hosts the Argentine Mid Amateur Championship.
The club was honoured to host the EMC World Cup in 2000, where Tiger Woods and David Duval won the championship. The club also hosted the World Amateur Championship – Eisenhower and Espiritu Santo Trophies – in 2010 together with Olivos Golf Club.
Words adapted from We Golf Argentina
Esta cancha de 27 hoyos inaugurada en el año 1994, fue diseñada por el famoso y reconocido diseñador de canchas Robert von Hagge, y es considerada una de las mejores de Sudamérica. Es un campo de diseño netamente americano con 9 lagos que ocupan una superficie de 45 hectáreas. Cada uno de los hoyos de esta increíble cancha cuenta con 4 tees de salida para permitir el juego por parte de personas de todos los niveles (desde profesionales hasta los más altos handicaps). Además del diseño americano de este campo hay que destacar la excelente calidad de la pastura, tanto de los greens como de los fairways que están en el primer nivel mundial.
El BAGC ha sido sede de los más importantes eventos a nivel local y sudamericano, como la Copa Los Andes 1994, Abierto de la República 1994, 2004 y 2007, Campeonato Argentino de Aficionados y Nacional por Golpes, Campeonato Argentino de Interclubes de Primera División y es sede permanente del Campeonato Argentino Mid Amateur.
Tuvo el inmenso honor de albergar la Copa del Mundo en el 2000, donde Tigre Woods y David Duval ganaron el Campeonato.
Y se prepara para el gran desafío de albergar el Campeonato Mundial de Aficionados Copas Einsenhower y Espíritu Santo en 2010 junto con el Olivos Golf Club.
One more year since my last visit and this time again playing Argentine Mid Amateur Championship. After a very cruel wet and very cold winter, now courses are starting to bloom green. It received a big rain the previous week so it was maybe still wet and soft, not offering the usual chance of rolling your tee shots for 40-50yds.
Greens were in supreme condition, set up for championship golf super firm and fast, wind was there all 3 days so it was the right test of golf to face.
There is nothing new on the course, just every year they keep steady as an excellent run property and even better mantained golf course. Their Superintendent Diego True is a Master Act in this job and probably the best in Argentina.
But when the Argentine Association sets up the course you see it in unusual pin positions, a well thought set up of hole distances playing with tee boxes and pin positions (some greens are VERY long). The course offers a huge variety where to place the hole so if somebody good in the art of set up prepares it, the result can be a very enjoyable weekend to play the game of golf.
It happened to me that I missed not many shots but missed them in the wrong spot to make unusual "others", including a 10 on the 17th hole (Island green par 4 of 345yds!) sending 3 balls to swim deep.
The course was not set up on the longest tee every hole, the challenge was sometimes a short hole where you were able to reach every penal point the hole has adding challenge where only the very good ones where able to score well.
And for us as locals it was the best warm up to watch Ryder Cup as this course plays very similar to Le Golf National so everyone who shared the course with me this weekend will see a lot of similarities when the 24 EUROPE/USA golfers get ready for action at Paris.
This course is one every golfer visiting will love, not only the Championship combination (Green/Yellow) but even Blue is great.
Buenos Aires Golf Club is a modern Robert von Hagge design from the 90’s that highlights his style of penal golf design. Similar to Les Bordes in France this beautiful parkland course will test the very best of golfers with all they can handle. Our foursome consisted of an all-star Argentinean line up including Miguel Angel Prado, his son Sebastian and my Top 100 Golf Colleague and joint owner of We Golf Argentina Javier Pintos. To highlight the level here, Miguel was 3-time Argentinean amateur champion and both Sebastian and Javier have several club championships to their name.
We were greeted with a solid 25 mph wind and naturally von Hagge’s exacting design utilizes plenty of diagonal lines off the tee requiring precision shots to navigate the many hazards on each hole. Add a really strong wind and you are in for one heck of a challenging ride. The club has three sets of 9 holes, we played the Green Course and then the Blue Course and later walked the Yellow Course. When they play the Argentine Championships at the club they usually play Green and Yellow. During the EMC World Cup won by Duval and Woods back in 2000 they played Green and a hybrid of Yellow and Blue.
The course is also one of the top maintained courses in the country. Literally not a blade of grass out of place and perfect greens, which were a touch slower than normal on our day I was told. This most certainly had to do with the unusually high winds.
One of the things von Hagge does very well is that he usually takes one side of the fairway away from you with some type of penal hazard, be it water or deep bunkers. He also strongly dictates the strategy you need to use in order to have the best chance at scoring on a given hole. One example of this is the short par 4 3rd hole on the Green Course which forces you to hit as close to the left-hand fairway bunkers as possible to have a good angle to approach the green which is wide and narrow running diagonally from right to left away from the line of play. As with many of the holes you need to fly your approach all the way to the green and often carry over bunkers or water hazards.
The par 5, 6th hole ends with a bean shaped green that wraps around a water hazard, it’s beautiful but requires a delicately flighted approach to hit the small undulated target and avoid the hazards.
Several more holes on the front 9 have greens and fairways where water needs to be carefully navigated.
The 9th on the Green Course is another tough test with water down the right side and containment mounding down the left side providing a tough target with the wind. The green is raised and also challenges your approach with water on the front right side and a steep face that falls off.
Our back 9 started off exactly where the front 9 finished, with another scary drive bringing a huge water hazard into play with a diagonal right to left fairway running away from the tee box. Containment mounding on the right side makes this another do or die test.
Von Hagge is right up there with Pete Dye when it comes to creating stern tests of golf and challenging the golfers ability to commit to and execute intimidating shots.
Our first breather if you could believe such a thing exists here came at the uphill par 3 12th hole on the Blue Course. This one was playing about 190 yds straight into a 3 club wind. Ok, so breather in the sense that it would be tough to lose a ball off the tee here.
The second half of the second 9 stepped up the challenge in terms of requiring exacting shots with two mid to long iron approaches to small raised greens, a task proving too much of a challenge for me in the wind. To be fair I was told that we had an unusually strong wind coming from an abnormal direction.
The 18th hole finished with a heroic risk reward carry where you have to cut off what you dare in order to provide the best chance of scoring.
Buenos Aires Golf Club is a great experience for accomplished golfers and those who really want to be challenged. As mentioned it’s a lovely high end facility that really does everything right, from the golf itself to the beautiful garden you walk through to the nature and wildlife you run into during your round. On top of that, I can highly recommend treating yourself to a steak sandwich after the round.
The club actually has three excellent 9-hole routings all maintaining the same high quality and equal challenge. The Yellow Course even has a par 4 (the 8th hole) with a Sawgrass style island green. One last piece of advice, make sure to bring enough golf balls and your A game.
Although I live in Argentina, it is not more than once or twice a year that I play here despite knowing many members. It´s been a very hot and wet winter here in the area and when fairways and tees should be yellow (dormant bermuda) we have them green but soft.
In these conditions I played The Green-Blue combination last week and the course was surprisingly well kept with the greens firm and as fast as I have played them ever.
It was yes very tough when a green was narrowly missed because the diference of speed between the fringe and the greens was a lot.
And the course played extremely long comared to it's usual standards as it was tough to get more than a couple of yards of run from a tee shot and holding the ball in the green with middle and sometimes long irons was not enough.
This rounds is a great example of why the world handicap system has to have a climate conditions adjustment to the course rating of the day. We played a 73.3 rating course of 6800yds which played like at least 7100yds. Yes it was tougher to miss a fairway with little roll but then from unusual long distances getting the GIR was a lot tougher.
Said this, it was as fun as usual to play here and I can reconfirm the underrated Blue Course has at least 5 great golf holes.
Yes, Green/Yellow is the "Central Course", but if you are sent to the Blue there will be nothing wrong and some great golf to be played.