Located approximately 40 kilometres to the northwest of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, the golf course at Pilará is the first Jack Nicklaus signature design in the country. The 188-acre undulating course opened for play in 2013 and is set in the polo capital of the world, beside Pilar’s famous fields of the “Asociación Argentina de Polo”.
The Golden Bear’s signature design here at Pilará is rather different to the Nicklaus Design at nearby Nordelta in that Pilará’s greensites are much larger (450m2 on average) and way more undulating than the greens at Nordelta. Multiple tee boxes stretch the par 72 layout from 5,083 yards for the ladies to 7,216 yards from the back plates.
Seventy-six white-sand bunkers and water at eight holes protect par and demand precise shot making. The sand capped fairways undulate pleasantly and when the shadows are long the ground movement actually looks rather dramatic.Pilará is not the easiest of Argentina’s golf facilities to access, but persevere as it’s well worth the effort to play the best Nicklaus course in the country.
The pancake flat land around Buenos Aires means that if you want to build a course here you need to shape everything and move earth. When they laid down this course they moved A LOT of earth! They did a fine job.
Having played many of Jacks Courses I am starting to see many similarities in his courses. I am sure you have too and know what I mean. I am always happy to go out of my way for one of his courses. I think the land here was pretty mundane before he got hold of it and now there is a fine USPGA standard course that held the Argentine Open a couple of weeks ago. I can see why.
This is Golf on a grand scale. With a well routed swashbuckling journey that asks many different questions of your game and presents opportunities to play different strategies on each of the holes. Will I play a course in Argentina in better condition than this? I don't think it is possible. Yup it is unashamedly manufactured and unnatural but none the worse for it. They have got it right. I would play here again in a heart beat.
Once again I can thank Javier of wegolfargentina for lining up another fantastic fourball for me the lone golfer, Thank you Philippe and Ricardo! you can follow me on instagram: the_barefoot_golfer