Situated a mere 15-minute drive from Córdoba airport, the 18-hole layout at El Terrón Golf Club is a Tom Weiskopf design that first opened for play at the end of 2019. The architect has worked all over the world on many golf developments but this is his first project in South America.
In addition to the main course, the members have the use of a driving range and 3-hole practice facility, with the golf complex anchored by an imposing clubhouse designed (rather loosely) in the style of a “Scottish castle” by the architect Adolfo Martínez Carranza.
On opening the facility, Manuel Tagle, El Terrón president, said: “Our purpose is to achieve a synergy between La Paz (Ascochinga), Córdoba Golf Club (Villa Allende) and Potrerillo de Larreta (Alta Gracia) for the development of tourist golf, which will create jobs and encourage economic development.”
Routed around a 370-acre housing development which is described as an “urbanized ranch subdivided for residential purposes,” the fairways at El Terrón are arranged in two distinct returning loops of nine across a rolling landscape.
Highlight holes include short par fours at the 8th (featuring the rather unconventional double hazard of a centennial carob tree positioned in front of an Oakmont-esque “Church Pews” bunker) and the downhill, slightly right doglegging 14th, where cross bunkers defend par and out of bounds lurks close to the right side of the green.
I first visited this course under construction back in April 2018 returning from The US Masters and it already looked good then in the middle of the grow in process.
And one year later during December 2019 I was able to play one round and enjoy a full day there as the Club House is maybe one of the best in Argentina.
The property offers some good level changes and Mr Weiskopf was able to creat some good holes including short 8th where he replicated the Church Pews from Oakmont in a tribute to Angel "El Pato" Cabrera and his win at the 2007 US Open.
Course was in great condition, new but already settled and now in 2021 it is fairly among the best ones in the country. Bent grass greens rolling at championship level, every shot from the bag needed and usually wind can be a factor in the Sierras de Córdoba.
Give it a chance and take special atention to:
- 1st hole can be a brutal opener.
- 8th, where you can reach the green and also make a disaster!
- 11th is a monster double dogleg with a huge green protected by water.
- 16th is a very good 3 shot par 5.
Nice views, first class service ... go test yourself against this very good course!