Nordelta Golf Club, the course that Jack built, opened for play in 2007 and is one of Argentina’s most challenging layouts. The course is now the centrepiece of a new district that comprises of a neighbourhood-gated community, which offers residents a plethora of sporting activities.
The Jack Nicklaus-designed Nordelta course is routed across former wetlands where the holes weave their way around and across a series of lakes to the south of the River Plate – the world’s widest estuary. Host to the 2008 Argentine Amateur Championship and 2009 and 2012 Argentine Open, the new Nordelta Golf Club has a bright future and we expect the club to rise in the rankings.
As each year, we at WeGolf hosted the Rugby Championship teams and I was able to play the course in consecutive weeks together with the All Blacks (partnered with Sam Cane and Aaron Smith) and the Wallabies (played texas Scramble with Kurtley Beale against Reece Hodge and Billy Meakes).
It has been a wild winter, cold and wet, with much more many ice frosts than last year and already with 3 weeks of Spring bermuda is taking longer to come out of dormancy.
But with all these, I enjoyed the course in very good condition with greens rolling true coming out of the late winter punching to get some fresh air to the roots.
We played in 2 sunny windy days, usual conditions here in Nordelta but with the exaxt opposite wind from one round to another which made it 2 different courses. For example at par 5 8th I went from drive-spoon to drive-7iron the next week.
It is a very challenging course as I have noted in previous reviews and it was fun to watch elite athletes like Beauden & Jordi Barrett, TJ Perenara, Anton Lienert Brown, Rory Arnold, Ala Alaatoa and even coach Steve Hansen to be outplayed by the difficulty of some of the holes. They all the same loved the experience and it is good for BsAs to have a course well prepared and knowing how to deal with elite athletes, in this item Nordelta is second to no course in Argentina as they perfectly understood how to host them and this is important for Argentina as a destination.
There have not been major changes to the course which turned 11 years old this year but a small bunker added before the green of par 3 2nd to make it a little less penal.
Buenos Aires can offer great golf for one week, it is time to come and enjoy it!
On a recent golf trip to Argentina I had the pleasure of visiting a modern Nicklaus Design that is part of a massive housing development just out side of Buenos Aires called Nordelta.
The Nordelta course has already hosted the Argentine Amateur Championships as well as the Argentine Open. Honestly, it’s really been created and set up for those kinds of events as well. It has the ability to easily take on large crowds logistically and the course can be stretched to play very long and extremely hard as many Nicklaus designed courses can.
I would say there are huge comparisons to some of his other designs here; for example, Jack Nicklaus Seoul is a very similar experience.
Again, this winter is being different in the Buenos Aires area. And courses are reacting to this in different ways. While the old ones, with less developed drainage systems and less soil quality are suffering the new ones like Nordelta, Pilará and BsAs Gc are in much better condition.
I played in the same week both Nordelta and BsAs and have to say greens at both courses were extremely good and fast and almost in similar condition, I would say 9.5/10. But Nordelta's fairways were a lot drier, we even could ride the cart in the rough and pre rough, which even in BsAs and Pilará is not authorized when courses are this wet.
It was the first time I played since early 2014 and played redesigned par 3 #2 and I have to say it is a much better hole and a lot less penal, I even missed the pin to the right and didn't get wet, making up and down for an unexpected par.
It is good to see that although I don't find the design so special, it is great challenge and it was constructed so good that in the worst winter I remember we can still enjoy the very playable course.
As BsAs, it played a lot longer and tougher thant the 6750yds rating 72.8, having hit even long irons to par 4s which is of course not usual and as some greens are not only small but tough, they played like short par 5s. And in a cold day with some wind, the ball doesn't go that far. It was a real challenge and fun.
I feel that this course in October/November will be in its best shape ever, so will try to get a rematch for then.