Think Argentina and it conjures up images of the sultry tango, succulent steak washed down with a fine glass of Malbec wine, and of course football. It is packed with incredibly stunning landscapes and cosmopolitan cities brimming with fiery passion and lively culture. These diverse backgrounds also make ideal settings for some truly wonderful golf courses, which crowned Argentina the “Golf Destination of the Year” for 2008 and again in 2011 by more than 500 golf tour operators of IAGTO.
There are more than 300 golf courses in the country, by far the most in South America. It’s about teeing off against the spectacular backdrop of the striking Andes, wild Patagonian steppes, glacier-fed lakes and large swathes of green forests. Or it could be the irresistible call of Buenos Aires, “Paris of South America”. Apart from the tango parlors and Euro-Latin allure the capital’s suburbs play home to the country’s top championship courses that are an essential part of any Argentine golf vacation.
Outside of Buenos Aires, course designers have taken advantage of the dramatic landscapes and breathtaking scenery with plenty of après-play. In Patagonia’s Bariloche and San Martin, find crystal-blue lake side courses with views of snow-capped Andes. Mendoza, seat of Argentina’s wine region has some fantastic courses too. So does Salta in the north-west province.
Argentina being in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are quite the opposite of those in the North. In general, the best time to visit Argentina is during summer from October to March, and parts in the spring months of September, April, & May when the temperatures are more moderate. For those looking to combine championship golf with dynamic culture, exceptional wine and dine, as well as rich history and traditions, an Argentine golf vacation is a very serious option.