Founded in 1948, Highland Park Country Club is one of the oldest courses in the northern part of Great Buenos Aires.
This layout presents many alternatives for players of all levels. One of the main characteristics of Highland Park is that 17 of the 18 holes feature out of bounds, although the wide fairways give the golfers many chances of avoiding big penalties by adopting the correct strategy.
Since the year 1999, following modifications performed by the designer Emilio Serra, all the greens were reconstructed under USGA specifications and planted with bent grass. The result is very fast and generous greens, allowing several new pin positions.
In 1983 at Highland Park, Eduardo Romero secured his first professional victory in Buenos Aires. The club also hosted the Argentine Amateur Championship.
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Fundada en 1948 esta cancha es una de las más antiguas de la zona norte del Gran Buenos Aires. Este campo presenta muchas alternativas para los jugadores de todos los niveles. Una de las características mas destacadas de este campo es que 17 de los 18 hoyos tienen fuera de límite, aunque la generosidad de los fairways hace que la posibilidad de sumar penalizaciones se pueda atenuar con un tipo de juego estratégico.
Desde el año 1999 y gracias a unas modificaciones efectuadas por el diseñador Emilio Serra (h) todos los greens son de pasto bent y fueron reconstruidos bajo las normas de la USGA siendo muy amplios, muy veloces y generosos permitiendo varias posiciones de bandera.
Esta cancha tiene la particularidad de haber sido sede del primer triunfo de Eduardo Romero como Profesional en tierras bonaerenses en el año 1983 y fue sede del Campeonato Argentino de Aficionados y del Nacional por Golpes.
It has been 11 years since the last time I had played this course and a lot has changed, not only in the course but in my way of thinking. And I have to be fair and consistent with what I have read and learned this past 11 years to give a fair review on this course.
It is true they have invested money and improved the irrigation system plus having pure tifway 419 on every fairway plus all greens re constructed with USGA specs, but all this doesn't improve the design and full concept on the course.
We hosted a Mid Amateur Scratch event this past weekend and the course was in very good form, especially fairways and tees plus bunkers, but I have to be brutal honest the greens were too soft (at the point of being extremely unfair) and the roll was not as fast as it should be and totally unpredictable.
And although it has some very good holes (2-7-9-11-14-16-17), the excess of trees close to the tee boxes takes away the sense of how it was thought. For example 13th has a tree so close that you have to aim almost to the OB on the left. On 1st tee you have a signal for trying to avoind the OB on the right but they planted trees on the left and put a stream which is in play ... ridiculous!
How can a middle and high handicapper enjoy a course with OB on all 18 holes and sometimes on both sides with homes even closer than in standard courses in Florida? It is a pain in your back, impossible to enjoy.
Don't get me wrong, many will enjoy and many will say it is a great course, in my opinion it is not. Could improve a lot cleaning trees, re thinking some tee shots and getting the greens firmer. It is not fun when you hit a good 4 iron expecting some roll and the ball stops just beside the pitch mark.
When considering a course to be ranked all this things need to be taken into account and it is not just great fairways and pure bent grass greens, it needs more. And these greens are already seeing paspalum contamination in most of them, this needs to be addressed before they turn unplayable.