Camino Los Paredones Km 3,
C.C. 195 | CP:5186,
- +54 3547 439035
6 km W of Alta Gracia
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Dr Angel Reartes and Marcos Capdepont
Formerly one of five farming estates belonging to the Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba, a designated UNESCO world heritage site, this charming old property in the foothills of the Sierras was acquired by the writer Enrique Larreta in 1918. When his grandson Ignacio Zuberbuhler inherited the estate in 1995, he and his sons embarked on a mission to develop a Resort and Country Club, complete with a challenging 18-hole golf course. It’s said that the family was so heavily involved in the project that they shaped the greens and bunkers themselves.
A couple of streams come into play at more than half the holes on the card and the meandering waters are first confronted at the par five 2nd, where both the drive and the approach shot have to negotiate the first creek as it twice cuts across the fairway between tee and green. A similar scenario occurs again at the par four 6th, par five 8th and par four 11th holes. Above all else, the course is beautifully routed, with holes naturally following one after the other from start to finish.
The course is one of eighteen selected for the “Gourmet’s Choice” section of the The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses Volume 2 by Tom Doak, Ran Morrissett, Masa Nishijima and Darius Oliver, and this is high praise indeed when one considers there are almost four hundred different layouts featured across the wide expanse of the Caribbean, North, Central and South America. The authors had this to say about the course:
“The course works because the estancia is an almost perfect piece of land for golf. There are several valleys just wide enough for a fairway to run between the hills, and they merge together as they run to the lower part of the property to provide a good transition from one to another, without having to climb up and over the ridges in between.”
Tom Doak certainly thinks it merits a place alongside such exalted company as Diamante (Dunes) in Mexico, Mid Ocean in Bermuda and Teeth of the Dog in Dominican Republic: “I can overlook the fact that the greens shaping and bunkering adds nothing at all to the course… it is the only course listed here that doesn’t have an excellent set of greens. If it did, it would be one of the best courses in the world, instead of just one of the best in South America”.
El Potrerillo de Larreta is one of our Top 100 Golf Resorts of the World
Just 45 minutes south west of the bustling streets of downtown Cordoba you will find a course that takes you on a journey around the low hills that look to the scrub covered mountains beyond.
Unlike your BA courses you feel out of town, far from Suburbia. The land does not need to be manipulated so much to make the course interesting. It is inviting and accommodating for all standards of player. There are some very pretty holes and you don't find reward unless you play well.
However, after the Mackenzie education the day before, the green complexes seemed a little naive and simple. Almost too orthodox. Perhaps a less conservative approach would be more interesting? I am fast becoming a fan of the unconventional.
The epic scenery and the routing is the one of the best parts of the experience, the golf course is very relaxed. You are never under serious pressure here if you don't want to be. There is always a sense that you will survive the hole in front of you if you want to. You always have a choice.
If this course wants to stay as highly ranked as it is in the top 10 of Argentina, particularly with the new courses on the way, I think there needs to be some changes.
Never the less I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and ambience of the place and if you are in Cordoba area it is a must play. A good score here is well earned.
The bones are there however. It is a jewel waiting to be burnished.
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Un lugar único, un campo de Golf espectacular, historia y tradición con calidez para recuperar espacio y tiempo.
3 years since my last visit to El Potrerillo and while about to write a detailed review I see that I had never reviewed the course although I prepared for Top 100 most of the Info and rankings for Argentina! It is now time to pay this debt and post a detailed review of what El Potrerillo is and what golfers may expect when driving from Córdoba to play this masterpiece.
In 2014 the wonderful Club House was not finished and now it is: elevated over 18th green it offers views of 9-18 and the landscape is one of the nicest in the world. The service has been improving every year (I played here 2001-2009-2012-2014-2017), catering at both half way and club restaurant are outstanding and service provided by every club employee is at the highest level. New Golf Carts, concrete car paths almost finished, course in amazing shape despite dormant winter Bermuda and some of the fastest greens in Argentina.
The course was designed by local architects but as devoted golfers and great players, Javier and Alejandro have been putting their eye in improving the course and the experience every year. We bring our COPA MOLITOR every year here and the experience keeps getting better every time, course grows in maturity, maintenance improves constantly and with the new Club House and the Hotel inside the property Potrerillo de Larreta offers the highest quality experience for not only golfers but also for non golfers, you can bring your wife and she will be very happy while you spend some time on the course.
One of the aspects that could improve is the driving range, which despite being very scenic is a little small for large groups or crowded Tournaments but for warm up sessions it works fine and with the view you have it is tough to complain.
We use to come every year for this Tournament, our own “Ryder Cup” playing match play for 3 days and staying in the area either in the charming Hotel inside the course or at Solares del Alto, a fantastic hotel with one of the best restaurants in the province (Leyendas Bar) where the variety and quality of the food is 10 out of 10. Playing the course 3 consecutive days, with different conditions each round and different partners of different skills gave me a real clear view of how good this golf course is. There is challenge at every shots and we played 10 feet stimp bent grass greens in windy conditions, playing medal play on Sunday would have been a real nightmare. The destination is great and can offer a great experience, especially for those golfers not only from Argentina but from places like Chile, Peru and Uruguay with direct flights to Córdoba.
The course starts with a challenging par 4 with an elevated tee shot to a dog leg right green where judging the approach distance is the clue after a tough tee shot for a starter. Second hole is really nice but maybe the weakest: a must birdie par 5 for low handicappers which plays too short and with a sort of unfair tee shot. With a nice stream crossing the fairway twice it has the potential of a great short par 4 but it is a strong dog leg left par 5 where the second shot is easy if you target the best spot of the fairway. Number 3 is one of the highlights, an elevated tee shot to a 155yds par 3 with great views of holes 8-9 and the mountains. 4th is a challenging par 5 dog leg right with a sort of uphill tee shot and a semi blind second shot where long hitters will be able to get home in 2. In par 3 5th hole we have the start of their own Amen Corner with 3 great holes surrounding the Hotel and Chappel in the nicest landscape of the property. This par 3 playing almost 200yds from the tips offers a great challenge as the tee shot needs to be extremely accurate. Then par 4 6th hole is the best hole of the property with another elevated tee to a left to right sloped fairway with a stream on the right that crosses before the green and a huge eucalyptus on the right side that makes it tougher to place a good tee shot. Then 7th is a short par 3 with water in front and on the right plus native area on the left and over the green, despite being short it can turn into a nightmare (on the last round all single digit golfers we scored 5-5-6-7 hitting a wedge to the green). The beauty continues with 8th, a great risk reward par 5 with water all along the right side which crosses to let 40yds before the green, you will be able to get home in 2 but a miss will turn it into high numbers. Final hole on the front 9 is a 90 degrees uphill and dog leg right par 4 where the second shot plays really similar to Augusta National’s 18th, even the green is similar. On the last day playing into 40km/h winds and playing 430yds it was a driver and hybrid for the longest hitters of our group.
Back 9 starts with the toughest one on the course, elevated tee to a fairway cut twice by water streams and playing 445yds. It was a nightmare for our group with wind left to right, scores were way over par by most of us. 11th is the other weak hole in my opinion: the first 2 days it played downwind for a driver and a wedge, last day into the wind driver and 4 iron, but from the tee the fairway line is not clear and maybe unfair for higher handicappers or shortest hitters. Short par 4 12th is one of the really good ones, where placing tee shot is the clue but also the approach shot is tough with one tree at each side of the green. Par 5 13th it totally uphill and if your drive is not long enough you will just see the upper part of the flagstick. Although it might look easy, OB on both sides and some cross bunkers make it a really good one. 14th is a 200yds downhill par 3 with OB on the right and the 17th fairway on the left 15mts below the green. You need to be wise to choose the correct club and accurate with the execution! 15th is one of my 3 favourite holes, downhill tee shot to a generous fairway protected by trees on the left and bunkers on the right then to an elevated greens which breaks dramatically from end to beginning: a short shot can come back 30yds easily and a long one can put you in front of the toughest putt on the course. One of my playing partners (a 2 handicapper) hitting a putter from the end of the green went 20 yds long! 16th is the last par 3 and it is maybe the least nice but a great hole as well going little uphill to the mountains and almost 200yds long protected by bunkers on both sides. The last par 5 is almost 640yds from the tips, downhill with OB on the right and bunkers and trouble on the left as well. If your tee shot is not long enough, you will have to lay up and make it a 130yds 3rd shot as the line is blind over trees and very long. 18th has a very narrow tee shot (a 3 wood for longest hitter to get a necessary draw of it) to an elevated 3 platform green. This is a great finish to a fantastic course and if you come and play you will see why famed architect Tom Doak placed it so high in his Latin American rankings.
Could the course be improved? Of course! Apart from my own opinion about 2 and 11, some cross bunkers could be taken away and in some places less tree would not only give better views but some escapes for wild shots. Is it that good? YES! Definitely a MUST PLAY for every guy wishing to complete the greatest courses in the world. Is it worth a golf trip? OF COURSE! You may complete the trip with Alta Gracia GC, El Valle del Golf GC (Nicklaus), Cordoba GC (Villa Allende, home of El Pato Cabrera and El Gato Romero) and Pueblo Estancia La Paz (located in one of the greatest Estancias in South America).
If you take the chance, El Potrerillo will give you quality service, great food and a fantastic golf course, playable for everybody if correct set of tees is chosen.