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A Guide to Golf in Colombia
Thanks to their design, climate and diverse landscapes, the golf courses of this Latin American country have become prime international destinations. Here are five of the best.
The impeccable green at Medelli?n Club El Rodeo (La Macarena).
When it comes to impressive golf courses, Colombia is clearly on par with the rest of the world, an assertion confirmed by The Rolex World’s Top 1000 Golf Courses (2010), which recognized the quality of the settings created for the sport in Colombia. This praise reinforces the endorsement given some years ago by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), which certified the country as an international destination.
“Without a doubt, Colombia is a great place to play golf,” says Germán Calle, a journalist who specializes in the sport. “The golf courses of Colombia are just gorgeous, thanks to their natural settings, lush forests and impressive lakes. The courses are surrounded by mountains or coastline and adapt to the local scenic diversity. Best of all, thanks to our tropical climate, you can enjoy a game of golf 365 days a year.”
Colombia is home to 50 world-class golf courses. In the Latin American rankings, its courses place third, following those of Argentina and Brazil. Course designers as prestigious as Robert Trent Jones, Scott Miller, Joe Lee, Mark Mahannah and Jack Nicklaus have left their stamp on the country. And according to the Federación Colombiana de Golf, visitors from abroad need only bring documentation accrediting them as a club member in their home country in order to enjoy these glorious courses.
Now, let´s hit the green.
CLUB CAMPESTRE DE PEREIRA
The golf course at Club Campestre in the city of Pereira (located in the heart of the Coffee Triangle) offers a wonderful experience surrounded by the lush green hills of this coffee-growing area, thanks to the region’s warm climate, with average temps of 73ºF.
One of the most famous golf courses in Colombia is that of the Country Club, located in the heart of Bogotá. With flat fairways and classic designs, this is the only course in the country to host a European tour event. It also offers magnificent views of the hills surrounding Bogotá. Country Club was the headquarters of the 2010 Nationwide Tour.
CLUC EL RODEO (La Macarena)
Inaugurated in 1972, this Mark Mahannah course is notable for its trees and impeccable greens. The average temperature is 64ºF.
With an average temperature of 77°F, this golf course is dotted with flower gardens and lakes. Howard Watson of Canadian Gold Landscaping Ltd. designed the vast and verdant expanse.
Cartagena de Indias
KARIBANA BEACH CLUB
Like the golf course at the iconic Club Campestre de Cartagena, the Karibana Beach Club was intended to make history. This luxurious golf course was designed by the famous Nicklaus Design firm and also features condominiums.
Daily flights to Bogotá from Lima. Five times a week from Santiago and three times a week from Miami. To Medellín, four flights a week from Quito. To Cali, three flights a week from Quito. For more information visit lan.com
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