Cañuelas Golf Club was founded in 2014 and it’s the latest golf release in Buenos Aires, established by a wealthy family with business in the food industry who decided to link their name for eternity with this extremely ambitious real estate and golf development in the south-west corridor of Cañuelas (the polo capital city in Argentina).
Work started in 1998 and the course was designed by one of the most famous local architects, Emilio Serra, and has been constructed under high international standards. Measuring a total of 7,267 yards from the championship tees, this par 72 is testing and maintenance levels are usually high.
Among the most interesting holes we must mention the full island green at the 3rd, a par three of 155 yards, the lovely par four 9th (432 yards) and the par five 18th of 546 yards, both of which arrive back at the magnificent clubhouse.
Unlike most of the golf courses that open with very small or no trees, Cañuelas Golf Club already has tree planting of more than 15 years old, which creates a strange feeling of maturity that makes the course appear to be a couple of decades old.Above article adapted with kind permission from www.wegolfargentina.com
I first visited this course when 9 holes were finished back in 2009 and the other 9 were half way and have seen it grow since then. It is a great idea and construction was done with the highest standards of quality. The Maintenance Barn looks like a Formula 1 Box (Certified ISO 9000 & 14000) and the Club House elevated some 20 feet from the ground offers fantastic views of putting green, holes 1-9 and 10-18 plus green 11th.
A lot of money was invested but I feel it could have been better, although it is very good:
- If you expect a course to be among the best, higher one of the best arquitects. Too many straight holes were "definition" will come in 15 years when trees grow.
- Too many trees, sometimes close to greens like Hole 4.
- Not great designed greens although there are some very good holes.
- Some strategic mistakes as hiding water on 17th with a crossbunker that should be on left side.
- Fantastic Island Par 3 3rd should have been 13th which has water aroun, it is too early in the round for such a great hole.
Said all this, course has already hosted PGA Tour LA 3 times, the finals of Angel Cabrera Tour another 3 times and many corporate events, it is a fantastic place to go and play.
Greens roll as true as you can find, with very good speed and you will find some tough putts to read. I just feel there is no big variety on them, there could have been more imagination.
In modern courses short dramatic drivable par 4s are set in most courses, there should have been one and still 7-8-9 can be modified to this.
In 10 years once trees get a decent size and if a good architect can convince owners of some changes this will be a great one. In the meantime it is good and with potential, and I love to go there and play every now and then.