Appeared in November/December 2007 LINKS
Most people’s knowledge of Argentine golf is limited to 2007 U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera and possibly extends to 1967 British Open winner Roberto de Vicenzo, better known for his scoring gaffe at the 1968 Masters. But due to its relationship with England dating from the 19th century, golf has a long history in this South American country. Among Argentina’s classic designs are Olivos Golf Club and Dr. Alister MacKenzie’s 36 holes at the Jockey Club. (Another layout of note is Ushuaia Golf Club, the world’s southernmost course.)
Continuing this legacy is Buenos Aires Golf Club, a 27-hole layout by Robert von Hagge and Kelly Blake Moran that opened in 1994. The club has hosted several events, most notably the 2000 World Cup, which holds a place in golf trivia as the last of Tiger Woods’ 11 wins that year. He and partner David Duval represented the U.S. and beat the home team of Cabrera and Eduardo Romero over a composite layout culled from the club’s three nines: Green, Blue, Yellow.
The American-style layout features plenty of water hazards, which factor prominently in the closing hole of the Yellow, which was also the finale of the World Cup course. The 343-yard hole offers a chance to drive the heavily bunkered green, but an off-line drive can find sand or water, which flanks both sides of the hole.
This modern club continues the tradition of great layouts and great champions in Argentina’s long golf history
By: Hunki Yun