San Isidro Golf Club was founded in 1911, but the course in play today is a Juan Dentone design from 1928 that was updated by Ron Fream in 1981, which included the addition of several water hazards at the north eastern section of the property.
One of the oldest golf clubs in the Buenos Aires area, the San Isidro course measures a challenging 6,644 yards and has been in important tournament limelight for many years, having hosted the Argentine Open, Argentine PGA Championship and Argentine Amateur Championship. After winning the 1941 Argentine Open at San Isidro, Jimmy Demaret said, “it is the course where trees are best placed for good players”.
Although the original course routing has changed over time, there is a comfortable balance between the front and back nines. The stretch of holes from 13 to 17 is particularly challenging, especially if you are tempted to take on the lagoon with your approach shot to the short par five 14th.San Isidro is a highly respected golf club with membership buoyed by fast and easy access to and from Buenos Aires City.
I first played this one as a 10 years old kid at Copa La Nacion, a junior ProAm the ladies from the club together with Vicente Fernandez (Winner at St Andrews in 1979) organize since 1982.
The course went on Major Renovation in the 90s and all of its greens were redone with USGA Specs and many of them redesigned. Par went from 73 to 72 (6th turned from 5 to 4) and many of the greens lost the Koontz style (like Mackenzie, inverted dishes) but this does not mean they became worse, it is just a different course.
It is still a narrow parkland where driving the ball is the key to scoring but also greens moved to bent and they are usually very fast and some of them have steep slopes.
Unfortunately it will not host Argentine Open again due to lack of space (no Driving Range at all plus no space for Hospitality) but it is still a competitive challenge.
Some holes were improved:
- Par 3 7th no has a mandatory carry over water to a green breaking from back to front and a right side smaller than ANGC 12th ...
- Par 4 8th remains one of the toughest par 4s in Argentina with a narrow landing area for the tee shot and a must cut approach shot.
- Par 3 10th has another steep green nothing to do with the old flat one and narrow as well, it is short but a nasty one.
- Par 5 14th was improved, the stream crossing the fairway 50yds from green was taken to the green and although it is not very long, the only way to get home in 2 is by plane!
It remains one of our traditional ones, it is usually in very good shape and for us weekend amateurs, even scratch golfers, it is a nice test and pretty resistant to scoring. Well worth a visit, only 15mins from Town.