BOGOTÁ GOLF CLUBS

PART 2

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Club Los Lagartos

What is known today as Club Los Lagartos, was in the days of old indigenous Muisca territory. The Musica lived here and carried out their agricultural activities around the marshlands of the area. The Tibabuyes lagoon is where they performed religious and cultural ceremonies.

Today Club Los Lagartos is a prestigious golf club located in the northwestern sector of Bogotá that offers fantastic facilities for sports and recreational activities. It has two 18-hole golf courses, including one of the highest-ranked in the country, the David Gutierrez course.

It displays a classic design that does not interfere with the natural topography of the terrain. Built on the side of a hill, it has a varied selection of holes, from flat to undulating.

It is a course distinguished by the numerous bunkers close to the greens, so one’s game needs to be undertaken with caution and accuracy. Players with natural long strokes should be able to lower par with relative ease.

The course is 36 holes and is where David Gutierrez won the Colombian Open in 2015 and as a result, the course is named after him. Located in the heart of Bogotá, the course was redesigned in 2012 by Jack Nicklaus architect Scott Miller.

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Covering approximately 6,300 yards, the course plays to a par of 72, thirty-six out, and thirty-six in, with the holes arranged as two returning nines. Small ponds and a large lake command a significant role and come into play at more than half the holes, particularly the front nine.

The main features are two of the closing three holes on the front nine. The par three 7th. plays to a green perched right on the lake. The long par four 9th. swings left off the tee with the lake to the right as the fairway turns towards a peninsular green.

On the inward half, the par three 10th. calls for a full trajectory to the green, positioned on the far side of a corner of the lake. This is followed a while later by the par-four 15th which doglegs to the right with an out-of-bounds area to the left. A small pond protects the front right of the green, so great accuracy is required.

This is a wonderful, demanding course right in Bogotá itself. The clubhouse facilities are first class, including fine dining options.

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Key facts at a glance

Web page: https://www.clublagartos.com/
Location: Calle 116, #72ª-80, Bogotá
Tel. +57 1 643 8800
Altitude: 2600m/8530 ft
Average temperature: 820c/46-68f
Time to the city center: 45 minutes by car (less if traffic light)
Hotel on site: – no
Restaurant on site: Restaurant and bar
Other amenities: wakeboarding on the lake, drone flights, driving range, Pro shop.


San Andrés Golf Club

Calle 15 # 24-11, Funza, Cundinamarca
+57 6 1 823 7742

San Andrés Golf Club was formed in 1945 on the western reaches of Bogotá. It preserves its fine Scottish architecture and is one of the oldest courses in Colombia. There is a fine 18-hole parkland layout, thanks largely to the architectural skills of Stanley Thompson and Robert Trent Jones Sr. Today San Andrés is recognized and rated by the publication The Rolex World Top 1,000 golf courses as the finest course in the country.

The old masters arranged the fairways on a largely level section of land to the northwest of the capital and today, the San Andrés course has matured into a tight, tree-lined course where narrow playing fairways place a premium on pinpoint accuracy at just about every hole.

Measuring 7,201 yards, the par 72 course does not permit golf carts, so either you engage the services of a caddie or play and caddie yourself. The holes vary pleasantly in length as they thread their way through the undulating woodlands.

Golfers will count themselves lucky to stay within their handicaps and will want to bring an extra ball or two as the accuracy of shots is at a premium. There are distractions in that airplanes frequently fly low overhead and play is highly subject to the contrary Bogotá weather conditions.

Back-to-back par fives at the 7th. and 8th. are highlight holes on the front nine, whilst the water-protected 6th. is the pick of the three short holes on the outward half. Water comes more into play on the back nine as it plays a significant part in the signature hole at the par-four 11th., running down the left side of the fairway, from tee to green.

San Andrés also has a course designed for practicing precise shots to the green. Narrow approaches with small greens that are surrounded by deep bunkers, become a short course of 9 holes with two teeing terraces. Additionally, San Andrés has one of the few children’s golf courses with 18 holes.

The clubhouse is excellent and features staff accustomed to visitors from the US and Europe. It is a warm and welcoming environment and has a good restaurant complimented by the Carpe Diem bar.

Key facts at a glance

Web page: http://sanandresgolfclub.com/
Location: Calle 15 #24 – 80, Funza, Cundinamarca
Altitude: 2,548m/8,359 ft
Average temperature: 6-20c/43-68f
Time to the city center: 1 hour 20 minutes (less if light traffic)
Hotel on site: no
Golf carts: not permitted, caddies available
Restaurant on site: Restaurant and bar – Carpe Diem
Other amenities: Event rooms, dressing rooms, dog daycare, children’s area, infirmary, youth lounge, youth sports park, gym with coach, soccer, swimming pool, equestrian facilities, squash, lake with water activities, glamping.


Club Militar de Golf

Sopó, Cundinamarca
+57 1 878 8560

Located amid the verdant Colombian countryside, just north of Bogotá, lies Club Militar de Golf. Founded in 1977, the club possesses a championship 18-hole course that promises a test of skill and a feast for the senses.

A picturesque and challenging course amidst the stunning natural landscapes of the region. The golf course is renowned for its well-designed layout, providing players with an engaging and diverse playing experience.

Stretching across 6,723 yards, the par 72 course meanders through rolling hills, mature trees and picturesque water features. The layout offers a diverse experience, catering to all skill levels. Wide, forgiving fairways on the front nine give way to tighter, more strategic challenges on the back nine, ensuring every shot matters.

The course spans a considerable length, providing golfers with ample opportunities to test their skills and enjoy the breathtaking surroundings. The layout incorporates a variety of terrains, including lush green fairways, strategically placed bunkers, and undulating landscapes, adding an extra layer of complexity to the game.

Navigating through the course, players encounter varying levels of difficulty, making it suitable for golfers of all skill levels. Course management requires a balance of precision and power, challenging golfers to strategize their shots effectively. With a mix of par 3s, 4s, and 5s, the Club de Militar offers a well-rounded golfing experience, ensuring that players use a diverse set of skills throughout their rounds.

The course was designed as a challenge for all kinds of players, as it supports 76 bunkers and 9 lakes. The terrain is mostly flat, but it has important undulations. Roughs are planted with pine and eucalyptus trees and can be both a help and a major obstacle for the player.

Club de Militar’s crown jewel is unquestionably the 16th. hole. Dubbed The Island, this par 3 lives up to its name. The green sits perched on a small island in the middle of a shimmering lake, reachable only by a precise and daring shot. Conquering this iconic hole will leave a mark on your memory, even if it does not land on your scorecard!

The club also contains a practice facility with a driving range, chipping green and putting green, allowing you to fine-tune your skills before tackling the course.
There is also a 6-hole young people’s course.

Apart from the golfing experience, the Club de Militar in Sopó boasts other interesting facts that contribute to its allure. The club’s commitment to maintaining the course in optimal condition ensures that players enjoy a high-quality and well-kept environment. Additionally, the clubhouse provides a welcoming atmosphere, offering amenities and services that enhance the overall golfing experience.

And what benefit is a good round without a post-game reward? The clubhouse features a comfortable restaurant and bar, where you can unwind with fellow golfers and indulge in delicious Colombian cuisine.

Whether you are celebrating a birdie or commiserating over a missed putt, the relaxed atmosphere is the perfect way to cap off your experience.

Interesting Facts:

  • Club de Militar has hosted numerous prestigious tournaments, including the Colombian Open and the South American Amateur Championship.
  • The course was designed by renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones II, known for his challenging and creative layouts.

Whether you are a seasoned golfer seeking a championship caliber challenge or a recreational player looking for a scenic escape, Club de Militar in Sopó delivers. With its captivating beauty, diverse layout and rich history, it is a destination that will leave you wanting to come back for more. So grab your clubs, tee off and discover the magic of golfing paradise amidst the Colombian mountains.

Key facts at a glance

Web page: https://www.clubmilitardegolf.com.co/
Location: Autopista Norte km 30 vía Sopó, Cundinamarca
Altitude: 2,558m/8,392 ft
Average temperature: 6-20c/43-68f
Time to the city center: 1 hour by car
Hotel on site: no
Restaurant on site: yes
Golf carts: yes and caddies as well
Other amenities: Gym, tennis court, horse riding, children’s area, event halls.


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