In a country known for its wide plains and abundance of grassy pastoral land, you know that golf courses are bound to be both plentiful and accessible.
While Japanese businessmen are obliged to pay hundreds of dollars for a round of golf in their densely populated island, Argentines have the good fortune to be able to enjoy 18 holes for just a few hundred pesos.
For inexpensive golf on nicely designed fairways, try the City of Buenos Aires Public Golf Course (Campo de Golf de la Ciudad). It’s considered one of the best public gold courses in Latin America. Nice views of the large lake in the ‘Palermo forest’ across the street. Visitors can rent clubs for a reasonable fee and a round costs about US$10. For an even better bargain, on Tuesdays, it’s 50% off.
A great option in this case is one of the public courses, such as the City of Buenos Aires Golf Course, located in Palermo.
On weekdays, after 2p.m., visitors can play a round of 18 holes for mere pocket change and just a little more on weekends.
It is necessary to book a tee-time seven days in advance. This can be accomplished by calling the numbers below if you can handle the Argentine Spanish.
Private Country Clubs
Greater Buenos Aires has plenty of lovely golf courses, most of them attached to fairly exclusive country clubs. To play these courses, you may require membership, or be expected to hand over a fairly hefty green fee.
Some clubs are a little finicky about requiring an official accreditation and handicap to play and most will want each player to have their own set of clubs.
Although these rules are sometimes relaxed a little for foreigners, the best way to play one of these courses without spending Japan-class money is to meet some locals and get yourself invited by someone who is already a member.
Ciudad Golf Buenos Aires in the Belgrano neighborhood is one club that allows guests to play and take classes.
Dress Code & Local Customs on the Golf Course
The usual rules about bringing your own clubs, dress codes of shirts and slacks apply, but they are not always enforced, especially in the case of foreigners.
The course is generally well-maintained with plenty of challenging holes. Despite being within the metropolitan area, it is of a substantial length.
The only indication that the metropolitan course is a little limited for space is the proximity of some of the fairways to each other, and the slightly dangerous positioning of some tee boxes.
This means visitors have to be somewhat vigilant of wayward golf balls, especially since many Argentine players don’t follow the established custom of yelling, “FORE!” but instead try to warn you with a loud grunt or a yip.
Founded in 1905 by the Gold Club of Argentina, Buenos Aires’ city golf course is a great value and convenient.
As one New Yorker pointed out, it’s like being able to play a round of golf in Central Park for the cost of a coffee at a Buenos Aires cafe.
Family Putting Options
To work on putting technique or to have fun with the family for a few hours the Pitch & Putt Golf Center at the Costa Salguero Driving Range.
Campo de Golf de la Cuidad de Buenos Aires (Juan B. Segura Golf Course)
Avenida Torquist 6397