Courses taking shape in Argentina, Urugua


Earlier this year, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. was in northern Argentina, slinging bon mots and posing for photographers at the ceremonial groundbreaking for a municipal golf course he’s designed in Termas de Rio Hondo.

“My goal is to make a course that golfers from all over will want to play,” he said at the event.

Golf Club Rio Hondo, Jones’ first course in Argentina, is part of an economic-development effort taking place in Santiago del Estero Province. The province, Jones later explained, is “a poorer section of the country that’s regenerating” with a new airport, a new auto race track and, before too long, his new golf course. It hopes these attractions, when combined with the popular hot springs in Termas de Rio Hondo, will generate tourist traffic and create jobs.

Angel Cabrera, the professional golfer from Argentina, is transforming a golf course near Punta del Este, Uruguay into his first “signature” design.

Cabrera’s re-invented Los Tajamares Golf Club, which will stretch to more than 7,000 yards, is expected to open in early 2014. “My goal is to create one of the world’s best golf courses on a unique property in partnership with an owner who shares a special vision,” Cabrera said.

The owner is Alejandro Bulgheroni, an Argentine who aims to bring a touch of Tuscany to his 10,000-acre Agroland estate in the village of Garzon, Maldonado. Bulgheroni is growing vineyards and olive trees on his property, along with almond, pecan and chestnut trees.

The golf construction is being done by Landscapes Unlimited, a U.S. firm, with local contractors.

Punta del Este, the center of a vacation area that’s been called “the St. Tropez of Uruguay” and “the Riviera of South America,” is also where Las Piedras, a community featuring an Arnold Palmer-designed course, is under construction.


This article leaves out the construction of a Greg Norman course in San Martin de los Andes, across the road from Nicklaus' Chapelco. San Martin will be the premiero golf destination in South America with 2 of the best courses around. The front 9 are finalized and work is ongoing on the back 9 of the Norman course.

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