COLOMBIAN GOLF COURSES – INTRODUCTION

Colombian Golf Odyssey: Introduction to Elite Courses

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In Colombia, golfers can experience a unique blend of natural outstanding beauty and challenging courses.

Such is the enormous diversity of landscapes in Colombia that many of the country’s finest golf courses are to be found in glorious settings –  along the stunning Caribbean coast, boarded by steep Andean peaks, or enveloped by coffee plantations.

The most prestigious golf courses in Colombia however, are often secluded within exclusive country clubs, catering to the elite and offering a level of exclusivity and luxury that is unparalleled.

These clubs are not only about golf; they are symbols of status and privilege, providing an array of high-end amenities and services. Access to these golf courses is typically restricted, and not available to the general public.

Since many Colombian golf courses are part of these exclusive country clubs, membership fees are often far more than what you might pay somewhere like Europe or North America.

However, if you are looking to play a few rounds of golf here as a visitor, then things become more accommodating. There has been a push in recent years by the Colombian Golf Federation and the Tourist Bureau to make the courses more accessible to foreigners through packages offered by reputable agencies such as Bnb Colombia Tours.

Here we highlight some of the more notable golf destinations across the country, emphasizing why Colombia is such a sought-after location for golf enthusiasts. Also, see our more detailed reviews on each one which follow this report.


Bogotá

Country Club de Bogotá is one of the most exclusive golf courses in the land. Located within the city limits not far from Unicentro Shopping Centre, this is a challenging 72-par course with mighty views.

Another of Bogotá’s magnificent courses is Club El Rincón De Cajica, likewise par 72, which is to be found close the small town of Cajica, about fifteen miles north of Bogotá.

For something more contrasting and challenging, go to La Cima, par 70, positioned near the town of La Calera, high up in the mountains that overlook Bogotá, on the way to Villa de Lleva. Although slightly less impressive than Country Club de Bogotá and Club El Rincón De Cajica, La Cima gives you the feeling of playing a round of golf from the top of the world. As such it can be quite a demanding course – even a slightly misjudged approach shot could see your ball disappearing off down the side of the mountainside. Be aware too that the course is at an altitude of around 3,000m/9,843’ so take it handy as you progress along the fairways.

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Public Course

There is a public pitch and putt golf course in Bogotá, Campo de Practica Golf Publico Salitre, for an enjoyable couple of hours. It is to be found in the Salitre barrio (neighborhood), not far from Símon Bolívar Park.

With over twenty golf courses, Bogotá and its surroundings have become the area with the best facilities to enjoy golf in Colombia.

The infrastructure combined with the perfect golfing weather, hotel availability, and the general conditions of this region, have lured many of the Latin-American amateur and pro circuits, for which Bogotá is now a must-stop.


Medellín

The City of Eternal Spring makes it a wonderful place to play golf in Colombia. There are two principal golf clubs in Medellín, each with two courses. 

Club Campestre Llano Grande is Medellin’s most exclusive golf club. Local course for PGA golfer and Medellín homeboy Camilo Villegas, who has helped inspire many youngsters to take up the game in Colombia. The club’s main golf course is Llano Grande, a par 72, close to the José Maria Cordova airport, outside the city.

Club Campestre de Medellin Golf Course, par 70, is a 9-hole course. However, there are double tees that permit it to present itself as an 18-hole course.

Medellín’s other golf club is El Rodeo, par 72, with the main course right alongside the downtown city airport of Olaya Herrera. An eye-opener of playing this course is experiencing the planes coming in to land right over your head. In fact, on the tee of the par 3 second hole, you almost worry about clipping a plane wing with your swing!

Another course is Macarena, par 72, and can be found near the town of Rio Negro, close to Jose Maria Cordova airport.

Public Course 

An excellent pitch and putt golf course, Rio Golf, likewise is close to Medellín’s international airport at Rio Negro. Equipment is available for rent along with a map of the course.


Caribbean Coast

There can be few greater places to play golf in Colombia than down by the Caribbean. The best of the coastal courses is that of Country Club de Barranquilla, par 72, an attractive course that provides glorious views across the water. The light sea breezes offer slight relief from the grueling high temperatures and accompanying humidity.

Club Campestre Cartagena, par 72, also has an excellent 18-hole course with the advantage of being close to the fabulous walled city of Cartagena.

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Eje Cafetero/Coffee Region

In the Eje Cafetero, coffee region, Asociación Club Campestre de Armenia, par 71, is a scenic, charming course surrounded by coffee fincas (plantations).

Easily the best golf course in the Cali region is Club Campestre Cali, par 71, a well-designed and well-maintained 18-hole course to the south of the city of Cali.

Have fun in the amazing and challenging conditions that Colombia has to offer for playing golf. The wind, the altitude and the high quality of the courses will make this a truly unforgettable experience, that will definitely improve your handicap.

Bogota, Colombia may not be the first place that comes to one’s mind when thinking of golf travel.  Perhaps that should change.  Golf in this region of the world is a blast.  With the temperate conditions and tons of rainfall each year, the courses are plush and healthy.  The altitude makes playing a blast.

El Rincon de Cajica, Bogota, Colombia 
When Robert Trent Jones created this parkland course in 1963, he factored in the elevation of the site—more than 8,000 feet—by stretching the back tees to 7,542 yards. The signature hole, the 179-yard, lake-crossing 7th, is modeled after the 4th at Baltusrol (Lower), which Jones also designed.

TPC Cartagena at Karibana Cartagena, Colombia
Another Nicklaus course, this one with a Jekyll-and-Hyde character, the front nine playing through a jungle dotted by six artificial lakes, the road home running along a spectacular oceanfront.


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