Tee Time in Cartagena: Exploring Top Golf Clubs

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Club Karibana Cartagena

As a major port city in Colombia, Cartagena has so much scenic coastal land, very little of which has been set aside for golf. A rare exception is this exclusive retreat, home to Colombia’s only seaside course. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the layout features a front nine that winds through lakes and mangrove-covered wetlands and a back nine that flows alongside the Caribbean, with stunning views of shimmering turquoise waters.

At Karibana Cartagena Golf Club, which opened in 2016, golfers experience the most advanced technical specifications, pleasant environment, comfort and location that a golf course can offer.
With a front 9 surrounded by a spectacular natural forest with six artificial lakes and a back 9 that runs alongside the stunning ocean seafront, golfers of all skill levels will enjoy both the challenge and the scenery. The back 9 which are configured as three par threes, three par fours and three par fives, is more open, flirting with the ocean and the risks associated.

Experts rightly consider Karibana Cartagena a landmark, among the best golf courses in Latin America and the world.

In December 2016, national golfing hero Camilo Villegas and rookie Colombian pro Juan Sebastián Muñoz were joined by Major winners Ernie Els and Angel Cabrera in a Skins Game to publicize the golf facility, with Villegas scooping $190,000 of the prize pot.

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From its stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and immaculate condition to the subtle intricacies of this Nicklaus Design layout, Cartagena Karibana’s championship golf course provides members and guests with a challenging test of ability, complemented by a memorably scenic experience.

Prepare to play your best round of golf on the only ocean-view golf course in Colombia. Golfers’ inner senses are invigorated by the extraordinary landscapes and challenges that they will find on the exclusive par 72 course. 

Key facts at a glance

Web page: https://karibanacartagena.com/golf/
Location: Km 12 anillo vial entre Manzanillo de Mar y Punta Canoa vía a Barranquilla, Cartagena
Altitude: 2m/7 ft
Terrain: Flat with water hazards
Style: Links
Average temperature: 24-31c/75-87f
Time to the city center: 35 minutes by car to the Walled City of Cartagena
Hotel on site: Yes, a resort
Restaurant on site: several restaurants and bars
Other amenities: Pro shop, clubhouse with wet areas, events hall, semi-Olympic swimming pool, tennis, water sports and beach.

Club Campestre de Cartagena

Puente Honda, Km 1, Turbaco – Turbana
+57 317 366 3038

The Cartagena Country Club, founded in 1933, is located in the municipality of Turbaco, which is 40 minutes from the Centre of Cartagena. More than just a scenic getaway, this club boasts a championship 18-hole golf course that promises a challenging and captivating game for golfers of all levels.

The Cartagena Country Club features an 18-hole championship golf course, showcasing a blend of classic design and modern challenges. The course type is a traditional parkland layout, characterized by tree-lined fairways and strategically placed hazards, providing a serene yet demanding golfing experience. Golfers at this club enjoy a balance of open spaces and challenging obstacles, creating a well-rounded and enjoyable round of golf.

Bunkers are strategically placed to challenge players’ accuracy and shot selection. The sandy hazards not only serve as obstacles but also contribute to the overall aesthetics of the course, creating a visually appealing contrast against the lush green fairways.

In addition to bunkers, the course incorporates natural elements such as lakes and other hazards. Water features add both beauty and difficulty to the course, requiring golfers to carefully navigate their shots to avoid potential pitfalls. The designers of the Cartagena Country Club course have skilfully integrated these features to create a dynamic and challenging golfing experience.

While the course offers wide fairways and forgiving landing zones on some holes, Cartagena Country Club still presents a challenge for all skill levels. The strategically placed bunkers, water hazards and undulating greens demand thoughtful shot selection and precise execution. Beginners and casual golfers can enjoy the scenery and choose forgiving lines, while experienced players will find plenty of opportunities to test their skills and compete for a good score.

Two signature holes stand out as true tests of skill and memory:

  • Hole 15: This par 3 is all about precision. Players must tee off over a water hazard to a small, well-guarded green, making nerves a factor on every swing.
  • Hole 18: the finishing hole is a par 4 that demands a strategic approach. A dogleg layout with water flanking the fairway and a challenging green complex makes it a fitting finale to your round.

Beyond the golfing experience, Cartagena Country Club offers additional amenities for its members and visitors. The clubhouse, a hub of social activity, features a restaurant where golfers can relax and enjoy delicious cuisine after a round. The ambiance of the clubhouse complements the overall experience, providing a space for camaraderie and relaxation.

While the Cartagena Country Club may not have an on-site hotel, its proximity to the city of Cartagena ensures that golfers have access to a range of accommodation options, allowing them to explore the city’s historic charm and vibrant culture.

Cartagena Country Club‘s golf course is a beautiful and challenging escape for any golfer. The tropical setting, diverse layout, and signature holes combine to create a memorable experience.
With a convenient location near the vibrant city of Cartagena, the club is the perfect destination for a golf vacation or a day trip to test your skills against the backdrop of paradise.

Key facts at a glance

Elevation: 9 feet/2.7m
Style: Parkland course of 18 holes with a par of 72.
Average temperature: 24-31c/75-87f
Practice green: yes
Time to the city center: 45 minutes by car to the Walled City of Cartagena.
Rentals: Clubs and golf carts. Caddies available.
Facilities: Pro store, Golf lessons, restaurant and bar, locker room.

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