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Mar del Plata (Playa Grande)

Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires Province
Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires Province
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In Volume 2 of The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses by Tom Doak, Ran Morrissett, Masa Nishijima and Darius Oliver, the authors have this to say about the course: “In Buenos Aires there are six or seven clubs which fight over the reputation of the country’s best course, but the best golfers at each of them also hold a membership at Mar del Plata, five hours by car to the sea, which for 100 years has been Argentina’s one true great course. Built on a bluff overlooking the naval college and the ocean beyond, it plays like a true links… If you bring your clubs to Argentina, you’ve got to play here.”

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.

Tournaments: South Argentine Open, South American Amateur Team Championship (Copa Los Andes), Argentine Open, Argentine Interclubes Championship.

Words taken from WeGolf Argentina

Llamada “la catedral del golf”, es un típico link escocés, construido sobre lo que en algún momento fueron dunas, aprovechadas para el diseño de fairways inclinados sobre la ladera del terreno. Es una cancha relativamente corta e incluso a primera vista parece sencilla. Sin embargo el rough, la rapidez y dificultad de los greens, sumados a los fuertes y cambiantes vientos que la cruza en diferentes direcciones, muchas veces la transforma en una cancha muy exigente. Asimismo tanto los greens como los fairways están muy bien protegidos por llamativos y profundos bunkers. Sus 18 hoyos con vista al mar completan una autentica postal de “la catedral del golf” en donde el visitante seguramente quedara gratamente atrapado. Es la sede del Abierto del Sur, el evento regional más antiguo de la Argentina, donde juegan los principales profesionales y aficionados del país. Cabe destacar que contó también con la presencia del español Severiano Ballesteros en una exhibición en homenaje a Roberto de Vicenzo.

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.

In Volume 2 of The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses by Tom Doak, Ran Morrissett, Masa Nishijima and Darius Oliver, the authors have this to say about the course: “In Buenos Aires there are six or seven clubs which fight over the reputation of the country’s best course, but the best golfers at each of them also hold a membership at Mar del Plata, five hours by car to the sea, which for 100 years has been Argentina’s one true great course. Built on a bluff overlooking the naval college and the ocean beyond, it plays like a true links… If you bring your clubs to Argentina, you’ve got to play here.”

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