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Potrerillo De Larreta

Alta Gracia, Córdoba
Alta Gracia, Córdoba
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  • AddressKm3, Los Paredones, Alta Gracia, Córdoba, Argentina

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

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.

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