Arelauquen Golf & CC, Bariloche, Patagonia

Hole 6, Par 4 & Gutierrez Lake

Arelauquen Golf & CC, Bariloche, Patagonia

Cathedral Mountain

Arelauquen Golf & CC, Bariloche, Patagonia

Cathedral Moauntain Ski Resort

Arelauquen Golf & CC, Bariloche, Patagonia

Pestana Bariloche, Arelauquen Lodge

Arelauquen Golf & CC, Bariloche, Patagonia

Arelauquen Golf & CC, Bariloche, Patagonia

Arelauquen Golf & CC, Bariloche, Patagonia

Pestana Bariloche, Arelauquen Lodge

Argentina Golf History 

The British influence 

British engineers and workers, hired to build and run the railway system, brought golf to Argentina in the late 1800s. It developed fast:by the end of the 19th century every important railway station built had its own golf club.

The first golf clubs

The residing Scottish community created the first local golf club in 1892. It was named "San Andrés GC" in honor of the Royal & Ancient Saint Andrews GC. It was in its old course where, in 1894, the first official golf match was played against the Uruguayan team. 

Some years later, the club relocated the course in its actual address. 

San Andrés Golf Club, 1892

Following San Andres, more clubs opened their doors on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. These are today’s oldest clubs: Lomas Athletic Club, Huringham Club, Ranelagh Golf Club, among others.

Meanwhile, the rest of the country also witnessed the flourish of private golf clubs. Mar del Plata GC, Atlantic GC de Miramar and Cordoba GC, for example, inaugurated their courses around that time, mostly driven by British people too.  

 

Argentina's golf today 

Argentina is the country with the largest golf tradition in South America: there are more than 280 courses and 60,000 handicaps granted - the largest golf population in the region … and growing every day! 

Furthermore, the only two Major Champions of the region are Argentinian: Roberto De Vicenzo, who won the 1967 British Open (and more than 230 tournaments around the world), and Angel Cabrera, who conquered the 2007 U.S. Open & 2009 Masters Tournament. 

“El Maestro” De Vicenzo was also the first U.S. Senior Open Champion in 1980, a feat also achieved in 2008 by the 8th time European Tour winner Eduardo Romero. The young Andres Romero represents a new generation of promise. He reached Top Ten four times in seven Major Championships.

 

 

                          

The Argentine Open, tradition and prestige

The Argentine Open (closing tournament of the PGA Latin America) is the seventh oldest national tournament in the world, after the British Open Championship and the national Open Championships of India, USA, Canada, Australia and South Africa. 

It was played for the first time in 1904. Since then, it has received some of the best players in golf history, such as Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Craig Stadler, Tom Watson, Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh, Mark O´Meara and Sergio Garcia

Argentina’s second biggest tournament is the Olivos Golf Classic, also part of the PGA Latin America (former Argentine Masters). This tournament has hosted players of the size of John Daly, Bernard Langer, Jack Nicklaus, Payne Stewart or Paul Azinger.

 

Wolrd Golf Championship 2000: Tiger Woods & David Duval 

Undoubtedly, the greatest milestone in Argentina’s golf history was the 2000 EMC World Cup, where Tiger Woods and David Duval, the champions, spearheaded a great number of players from all over the world.

Among these were the locals Eduardo Romero and Angel Cabrera, the Spaniards Gimenez and Olazabal, the Canadians Ames and Weir, Padraig Harringtong representing Ireland and Retief Goosen for South Africa.

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The "uptrend" of Argentinian Golf

Argentina keeps producing great players, some of them form part of different professional tours (from the PGA to European Challenge). 

Because of their successful examples, golf popularity and level of play in the country is growing incredibly fast. In fact, argentine amateur golfers (most of them future pros) hold the largest number of victories in the “Copa Los Andes”, South American teams Championship, both Men and Ladies. 

In 2010, Argentina hosted the Golf Amateur World Championship, strengthening its golf positioning even more. 

 

New courses, great designers

For the last ten years, famous designers like Jack Nicklaus, Robert Von Hagge, Randall Thompson and Gregg Norman have been working on a number of very ambitious golf resort developments, due to expectations of sustained growth in the golf vacations industry.

 

"Golf Destination of the Year" 2008 and 2011 

The combination of the finest and oldest golf traditions in the world, mixed with a strong cultural life (tango, football, wine, polo) and unique natural landscapes (Patagonia, Iguazú Falls, Calafate Glaciers) depict why Argentina was awarded “Golf Destination of the Year” (Latin America & Caribbean) both in in 2008 and 2011.