The Playa Grande course at Mar del Plata Golf Club is known as "the golf cathedral" as it is similar in style to a Scottish links. It is a relatively short course that looks quite simple at first sight, but the rough, the difficulty and speed of the greens, added to the strong and changing winds, turn Playa Grande into a very demanding course. The greens and fairways are well protected by attractive and deep bunkers. It has 18 sea view holes that complete a beautiful postcard where the visitor will be surely fascinated.
Home of the South Open, the oldest regional event in Argentina, played by the best professionals and amateur golfers of the country. Severiano Ballesteros was invited to play here some years ago.
Words taken from WeGolf Argentina
Campeonatos disputados: Abierto del Sur de la Republica, Campeonato Sudamericano de Aficionados (Copa Los Andes), Abierto de la Republica, Torneo Internacional por equipos, Campeonato Argentino de Interclubes.
I have played this course so many times and what it is great apart from the greens is that depending on the conditions it is and the time of the year you play it can be a totally different animal.
In my previous review I am driving 18th with fairways yellow due to dormant grass in late fall when the course played very firm and fast, in windy conditions it was an extreme fun challenge.
Two weeks ago we played The Argentine National Interclubs for +40 golfers and the course was so different! It had rained a lot the past weeks and fairways were very green and soft but not with very dense grass, which was a high challenge for the wedges. Greens were as perfect as you can imagine, rolling easily 11 feet in the stimp and when in windy conditions it is a very tough quest. And I suffered them all three days.
The course is sorrounded by the city and this was a huge problem a couple of years ago when an errant shot went OB and made street walker lose one eye. Tougher when you find the errant shot came from a small boy, but it was an accident and it also happened during Ryder Cup with Brooks Koepka.
They had to make some changes and 3 holes from the kids course have dissapeared which is sad as many of our top golfers in history learned to play golf there.
Of the changes, all of them I believe are postivie to the course despite one which took away the fantastic views from 10th tee:
- 3rd hole tee shot was re though aiming away from the OB and due to this green 6th had some slopes added on the back, not bad at all.
- 4th hole plays like a dog leg and now it is a higher challenge from the tee.
- 5th tee moved 10yds to the right, no bid deal.
- 10th tee moved down and shortener 15yds which made this shot not as nice as it was, but the hole plays exactly the same.
- 11th was shortened 10 yds and all the high rough on the right cut down to avoid balls to the stree,
- 14th shortened 20 yds, no big deal.
It remains to be a classic and a true test every day, the greens are the best in South America by far.
As Mr Doak said, if you come to Argentina this is a must!