Playing Golf in Colombia
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Colombia is a geographical wonder; its diverse regions and stunning topography presents itself as a wonder for golf enthusiasts around the globe. In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to call Colombia the golf capital of the world! One of the only countries with an all-year-round favorable tropical climate for playing golf, Colombia has gained newer heights. Maria Claudia La couture, the director of Colombia’s tourism and investment promotion board proudly boasts of the exotic and diverse locations by claiming that in a country like Colombia you can play golf adjacent to the Andes mountain range, the brilliant blue of the Caribbean Sea or even next to a coffee plantation. Colombia has managed to change its perception of guns, goons and drug trafficking to a golfers dream!
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Golf history of Colombia
Colombia’s rather feisty and notorious history is no secret to. Golf is a new addition to the country and it is still considered a highly exclusive pastime and hobby reserved for the elite. While the tourism industry and the Golf Federation is trying to make this leisurely activity more accessible to the public, the green fees on public courses are still unaffordable for the common people. Tourists can arrange private clubs but not many locals. Why not travel to Colombia today and make sure of your foreigner status as you stroll through the gloriously lush fields and play golf in this emerging new gold center of the contemporary era?
Diverse regions and stunning golf courses
Colombia is no stranger to diversity with a rich cultural mix of ethnicities and races; this beautiful South American country is amongst the top 17 mega-diverse countries of the world. Awe-worthy ecology and an amalgam of tall mountain ranges, coastlines and grasslands make it home to over 50 golf courses that draw golfers and millions of tourists alike per annum. Golfers thrive for challenge and thrill in a game that might seem boring to onlookers and what better challenge than to be able to play and compete in exciting golf ranges such as the Club de Golf La Cima; a thrilling course with a hole situated 3,000 meters at sea level; one of the highest holes in the world! The billowing curves and scenery are cherry to the top. Golfing however still remains an elitist hobby at large in Colombia. The rich and wealthy have private golf clubs privy to pricey memberships that a select few can afford. Public golf courses are rare if not hard to find. Tourists however can rejoice! Where does one start golfing at in this country that is gaining popularity for its golfing ventures? Let’s start with Bogotá!
The ideally fresh weather, courtesy of the Andes mountain range and the 2,600-3,000m above sea level altitude makes Bogotá the perfect region to take off your golfing adventure. This city has over ten 18-hole golf courses. Looking for something grand? The San Andrés Golf Club (Par 72) is the place to be. It is amongst the more exclusive and celebrated golf courses in Bogota and has a long history of British immigrants. Almost 15 miles away another amazing golf course awaits your arrival; the Club El Rincón de Cajicá (Par 72) is in the small town of Cajica, north of Bogota. Want to play golf on top the world? Challenge the adrenaline junkie inside you and head for the golf club La Cima (par 70) near La Calera and experience the feeling of being 3,000m above sea level. Be warned, even the slightest hard shot and your ball will go rolling along the mountains! The high altitude along with the breeze flowing in from the mountains that flank this city will allow you to experience a golf memory unlike any other!
Pay your tributes to one of the most renowned Professional Golfers Association (PGA) player Camilo Villegas who has inspired many young golfers, by making your way to the most exclusive golf club near Medellin, the Club Campestre Llano Grande. Medellin, host to some amazing golf courses in the state also has a public golf course, which is of adequate standards and charming indeed. Golfers can rent clubs and even balls without breaking their banks. Tourists seeking for a more charitable experience can opt for another golf club, the El Rodeo (Par 72). The main course is situated right next to the city’s airport ‘Enrique Olaya Herrere’. Golfers can enjoy their sessions here as the airplanes span the sky above their heads merely a couple hundred feet above. The unforgettable climate, airplanes like birds in the sky and manicured golf courses like such will make you feel like you’re living in a dream; maybe you are!
We bet you cannot fathom of anything more delightful than golfing next to the hypnotic blue of the Caribbean Sea! The span of the water body engulfs you as almost beckons you to unleash yourself and take a dip in the sea instead to beat the extreme weather conditions most tourists are escaping from. One of the finest courses on this glorious coast would undoubtedly be the Country Club de Barranquilla (Par 72). This beyond beautiful course offers jaw-dropping views of the surrounding vista as the gentle sea breeze relieves all your stress.
Another Par 72 course can be enjoyed at Club Campestre Cartagena where you can also stroll through the delightful city of Cartagena full of sandy beaches, remnants of the colonial era and eateries and bars that will have you licking your fingers! Golf lovers will be pleased to find themselves at this 18-hole course surrounded by a beautiful landscape. Need more reason to get on the next flight to Colombia? Here it is! Colombia is the proud inhibitor of the Karibana Beach Golf Condominium, which is PGA’s one and only Tournament Players Club in the South American region. Thrill yourself in golf courses that carry the legacy of legends such as Gary Players and Robert Trent Jones. Bonus points for the stunning view that surrounds the region.
Plan your golfing adventures in sync with the climate
This country boasts a variety of climates, landscapes and ecosystems; your best bet would be to be aware of the climatic zones before you step into this enigmatically diverse country with so much to offer. Bogota for instance is located in the heart of Colombia and its average temperature is around 16 degrees Celsius. The favorable weather encourages 365 days of golf playing doubled with the excellent standards of their fields and even though golfing in the Savannah is a challenge, it is a thrill you do not want to miss out! Meanwhile, the coffee triangle dominates the central region of Colombia. It is the proud producer of the best coffee in the world! Unleash your golfing abilities in the region with climate that is ideal for coffee cultivation. Coffee addicts can rejoice! The Caribbean region is in close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and owes its hot climate to this very proximity. The golf courses here are par excellence and offer the most thrilling challenge to golf enthusiast that flock here. If you’re looking for a fun–filled strategic game, this is the place to be! Fond of the mountainous terrains that offer unlimited inspiration and wonder? Head over to Santander. The golf courses that occupy this terrain have manifold topography that is heaven to a golfer seeking attraction and a good game. After all, one does get tired of the sea and the mountains are calling!
More variety awaits your arrival at the Cauca and Cauca Valley! Nestled between the Pacific region and the Andes the main cities of this region are Popayan and Cali. The climate in Cali is also tropical and optimal for golf. Gorgeous lakes and topical vegetation will greet tourists and foreigners in the city celebrated for beautiful women and glorious Salsa dancing. Popayan, on the other hand is a city tailor-made for golfers! The golf course in this city will astound you with small greens and narrow fairways that will demand you to put your best game forward!
Are you a golfer that has their heart set on the best of all worlds? We recommend a trip to Antioquia, which is the capital of Medellín. The golf courses here will put all others to shame in term of diversity and range. You will find yourself in courses amidst mountains, hidden in beautiful forests and vegetation and sitting atop rugged mountains and hilltops from where you will feel like conquering the world. This particular region is primed for golf and business; the spirit of this rich region will leave you enchanted by it.
Is it safe to travel and golf in Colombia?
Foreigners and tourists will be delighted to know that the modern Colombia is no longer the danger zone of the 80’s and 90’s. It is absolutely safe to not only travel to Colombia but also utilize its unique and diverse landscape and ecosystem and live your golfing dreams! Stay clear of the paramilitary or guerilla infiltrated red zone areas and you are most likely to be a 100 percent safe. Don’t believe us? Our claims are backed by tourist agencies and government cautionary/travel warnings. Practice safety and caution at all times, learn as much as you can about the rich country and its regions climates and attitudes before planning your trip and you will enjoy the experience of a lifetime; not just as a golfer but also as a wide-eyed tourist! Make sure to book and plan your golfing adventures in advance, especially if you are seeking exclusive clubs that might be booked during tourist influx season. For hotter climates we recommend staying hydrated and slathered with sunscreen for those 4-5 hour sessions of avid golfing.
Golf Clubs in Colombia
Albania, La Guajira
Mesa de Yeguas Country Club
Country Club de Barranquilla
Lagos de Caujaral Club
El Rincón de Cajicá
Federacion Colombiana de Golf
Cali, Valle del Cauca
Cali, Valle del Cauca
Cali, Valle del Cauca
Corporacion Karibana Beach Golf & Marina Club
Tennis Golf Club
Cucuta, Norte de Santander
San Andres Golf Club
Campo de Golf Macarena
UMB Golf Club
Club Campestre La Sabana
Independientes Wyndham Garden