The Hurlingham Club was founded in 1888 but golf didn’t arrive here until 1892, when a rudimentary 9-hole course opened for play. George Gadd and Arthur Havers expanded the course to 18 holes in 1922.
The club is very traditional sports society founded by the British where members practice polo, lawn tennis and cricket as much as golf. As at many British golf courses, Hurlingham was built near a railway station.
Today’s par 70 course measures 6,349 yards and, as per many of the golf courses of these years, the layout is characterised by small, fast greens and narrow fairways.
Hurlingham is always a good place to visit, not only because the course is expertly maintained, but also because of its lovely surroundings. The club played host to many important tournaments, including the Argentine Amateur Championship, the Argentine Interclub Championship and the Argentine Open several times, most recently in 2008. This Club also hosts one of the most important Polo Tournaments in the world: The Hurlingham Open.Above article adapted with kind permission from www.wegolfargentina.com
I first played this one in 1990 and have been there over 10 times since then, playing both recreational rounds and some competitive events. The course reached its peak with the Argentine Open in 2002 (Won By Angel Cabrera) and again in 2008 by Anti Ahokkas, those 2 times it was in excellent shape and a very good test of golf with very small firm and fast greens, narrow fairways sorrounded by Bermuda Grass and the need to be precise with your tee shots.
It is said the Mr Mackenzie left some drawings which were later used to modify some of the greens but it is not confirmed.
It is a typical english Parkland with old trees and where precision is the fact. Inverted dishes greens will challenge approach shots as only few courses can do here in Argentina (Jockey Club, San Andres, GC Argentino, San Isidro GC).
Hole 6 is one of the best par 4s in the country, with a stream crossing the fairway at 290yds and to an elevated green where you usually hit from over 150yds.
Both par 5s 11 and 13 are 3 shot ones for amateurs and both small greens make it important to be on the correct side.
14th is my favourite, a short 4 where today pros can go for it over the water but that green will be a nightmare if missing.
It is a great experience to visit the Club, old fashioned Club House, Gras Tennis Courts and the old fashion style in every detail. The Highway House can be found anywere in the UK. And if you visit during November you can do Golf and Polo on the same day.