El Rincon - Colombia

Club El Rincón de Cajicá,
kilometro 26 Carretera Central de Norte,

  • +57 865 0136

  • Luis Fernando Samper

  • Robert Trent Jones Sr

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It was in 1957 that a group of young Colombian men with heady golfing ambitions purchased a modest plot of land in Cajicá, to the north of Bogotá, and laid out an elementary 9-hole course.

Within the space of six years, the new club – named El Rincon – acquired more land and hired none other than Robert Trent Jones to fulfill the golfing dreams of its founders by designing a world class 18-hole layout, aided by the construction skills of Argentinean Alberto Serra.

Bounded on the eastern side of the property by the Bogotá river, El Rincon’s tree-lined fairways are routed over a pleasantly undulating landscape in two returning loops, each of which feature a number of small water hazards (holes 6 to 9 on the front nine and holes 13, 14 and 16 on the back nine).

The architect factored in the elevation of the course at over 8,000 feet above sea level when he laid out the holes. To compensate for a 10% increase in ball flight, he extended the overall length to 7,542 yards from the championship tees – only one of the ten par fours (the left doglegged 4th) plays to less than 400 yards from the medal tees.

The par three 7th is the signature hole on the course. A lake lies between the tee and a stone fronted green which is circled by sand so there’s no little margin for error here at all. Tee shots that are too short will end up wet whilst over hit or wayward efforts will almost certainly find one of the three surrounding bunkers.

According to George Peper and the editors of GOLF magazine, “El Rincon’s 7th is a respectable 179 yards in length. This short hole is the only major revision Jones made to the course he designed in 1963. Prior to the 1980 World Cup, Jones redesigned the hole to mirror changes he had made to Baltusrol’s 4th in 1954.

A small lake completely separates the teeing ground from the putting green. A stone wall protects the front of the green, adds a crisp line, and accentuates the severity of the hazard. Anything played too long will find one of the three sand-faced bunkers clearly visible from the tee.

Recovery from the sand must contemplate too long a shot finishing in the water. Finally, the diagonal positioning of the green disguises the length of the hole. This is a captivating short hole that demands good judgement and distracts with great beauty.”

The World Cup was played over the El Rincón course in 1980 when the Canadian team of Dan Halldorsan and Jim Nelford held off a strong challenge by the Scottish pairing of Sandy Lyle and Sam Torrance to win the tournament.

Sandy at least had the consolation that year of picking up the International trophy for the golfer with the best 72-hole score. Sam however was destined to never triumph in the World Cup team event, finishing in the runner-up pairing four times in all – with Sandy as his partner in 1979, 1980 and 1987 and with Gordon Brand Jnr in 1984.

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Description: The World Cup was played at El Rincón in 1980 when the Canadian team of Dan Halldorsan and Jim Nelford held off a strong challenge by the Scottish pairing of Sandy Lyle and Sam Torrance to win the tournament. Rating: 5 out of 6 Reviews: 1

I was a member of El Rincon for 3 years from 2004 until 2007. What a great course this is, very long, but this is down to the altitude you are playing at 8,200". The fairways are quite wide but the is always trouble if you stray too far off the sides. You must also remember that short irns will be 20 - 30 yards longer than at sea level. the facilities within the club house are second to none and you are treated like a king at all times. allow 5 hours for a round as it is normal to stop for a snack after 9 holes. This also allows your caddie to get himself a drink. The caddies themselves are of vairing standards, but if you choose a class 1 then after 10 minutes on the range they will know what your club length is and they know the greens like the back of their hands. I played all of the courses in Bogota whilst I was there, and there are 26 of them, but Rincon is by far the best.
5 / 6
El Rincon
November 11, 2011

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Barry Gilman
September 23, 2014
They have made some recent very positive changes....check it out.....wonderful and very challenging course.