Golf Courses in Colombia

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Let us help you enjoy an exciting golf experience in Colombia, touring several of its most beautiful cities and their most challenging fields in emblematic and prestigious clubs. In this guide, you will find the most relevant data from the main and most exclusive golf fields of Colombia.

We also propose that after studying the different Golf courses in Colombia, you have a look into our Colombia travel guide. We are sure you will find some great activities you might combine with your Golf trip to Colombia.

  1. Introduction
  2. Golf courses in Bogotá
    • Country Club de Bogotá
    • Club Los Lagartos
    • Club Campestre Guaymaral
    • Club El Rincón, Cajicá
    • San Andrés Golf Club, Funza
    • Club de Golf La Cima, La Calera
    • Club La Pradera de Potosí, La Calera
    • Club Militar de Golf, Via Sopó
    • Club Los Búhos
  3. Golf courses in Cartagena
    • Club Karibana
    • Club Campestre de Cartagena
  4. Golf courses in the Coffee Triangle
    • Club Campestre de Armenia
    • Club Campestre Manizales
  5. Golf courses in Medellín
    • Club Campestre de Medellín, Rionegro
    • Club El Rodeo, Medellín
  6. Golf courses in Cali
    • Club Campestre de Cali
    • Club Campestre Los Farallones
  7. Golf courses in Villavicencio
    • Wyndham Garden Villavicencio
  8. Golf courses in Bucaramanga
    • Ruitoque Golf Country Club
    • Club Campestre Bucaramanga
  9. Golf courses in Barranquilla
    • Club Lagos de Caujaral
  10. Golf courses in Popayán
    • Club Campestre de Popayán

1. Introduction

The golf industry in Colombia is booming with the opening of the first course endorsed by the Tournament Players Club (TPC) in South America, the TPC Cartagena at Karibana. The player Camilo Villegas, who was among the top 10 in the world, opened the way to a generation of world-class Colombian golfers such as Juan Sebastián Muñoz, Nicolás Echavarría, and Marcelo Rozo.

In addition, Colombia has more than 50 golf courses located in different cities, with different geographical and climatic conditions. You can play one day on a coastal field with views of the Caribbean Sea and the other day on the Bogota savannah at almost 3,000 meters above sea level. Wherever you go, you will find fields surrounded by the most beautiful nature that only Colombia can offer.

All this makes Colombia a must-see destination for golfers from all over the world.

2. Golf courses in Bogotá

Bogota Country Club 

Web Page: https://www.countryclubdebogota.com/
Location:
 Calle 127 C #15-02
Altitude: 2600 m (8530 ft) ASL
Average temperature:
 8 – 20º C (46.4 – 68º F)
Time to city center:
 45 minutes by car
Hotel on site:
 –
Restaurant on site:
 6 dining rooms and bar
Other amenities:
Gas station, ATMs, sports store, transport service and valet parking, 5 event rooms, wet areas, massage room, beauty salon, barbershop.

The Country Club belongs to the Colombian Golf Federation with the highest number of players and the highest number of rounds cards played monthly. It consists of two golf courses: Fundadores and Pacos y Fabios.

Fundadores Course

  • # of Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Poa
    • Greens: Poa
  • Length: Long mark 7,237 yards, medium mark 6,683 yards and short mark 6,267 yards.
  • Designer: John van Kleek
  • Caddie / Carro de golf: 
  • TrackMan service: TrackMan service

Campo Fundadores is the oldest and most prestigious golf course in Colombia. It has a classic design with abundant water bodies and majestic ancient trees.

There is held annually the Colombia Championship Club, a tournament of the Web.com Tour that brings together the great international players, participants, and winners of the PGA Tour. It is the most important golf event in South America. 145 PGA professionals participate each February.

Pacos y Fabios Course

  • # of holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Kikuyo
    • Greens: Poa
  • Length: Long mark 5,970 yards and short mark 5,674 yards.
  • Designer: John van Kleek
  • Caddie / golf cart: 
  • Rental equipment: 

The Pacos and Fabios field green is protected by 3 bunkers.

Club Los Lagartos

Web page: https://www.clublagartos.com/
Location:
 Calle 116 #72ª – 80
Altitude: 2600 m (8530 ft) ASL
Average temperature:
 8 – 20° C (46.4 – 68º F)
Time to the city center:
 45 minutes by car
Hotel on site:
 –
Restaurant on site:
 –
Other amenities:
 –

Club Los Lagartos is a prestigious club located in Northern Bogota that offers great facilities for sports and recreational activities. It has two 18-hole golf courses each, including one of the best ranked in the country: David Gutierrez course.

David Gutiérrez Course

  • # of holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Kikuyo
    • Greens: Poa
  • Length: 7.127 yards
  • Designer: Scott Miller
  • Caddy / golf cart: 
  • Rental equipment: 

It exhibits a classic design that did not intervene much in the natural topography of the terrain. Built on the slope of a hill, it has varied designs of holes, from flat to undulating.

It is a field recognized by the numerous bunkers close to the greens, so the game should be performed with caution. Players that perform long strokes and professionals should be able to lower the par with relative ease.

 Guaymaral Country Club

Web page: http://www.linkport.us/guaymaral/index.cfm
Location: Autopista Norte #245 – 01
Altitude: 2600 m (8530 ft) ASL
Average temperature: 8 – 20º C (46.4 – 68º F)
Time to the city center: 1 hour 10 minutes by car
Hotel on site:
Restaurant on site: 7 spaces with Creole and international gastronomy
Other amenities: Sports store, valet parking and car wash, 6 event rooms, hairdresser, massage room, spa, children’s area with directed recreation and babysitter, youth lounge, chapel, infirmary.

Guaymaral Country Club is recognized as one of the best clubs in the capital of Colombia and has a philosophy of exclusivity, comfort, and security. It offers a wide variety of sports to its partners and guests in a place just outside the noise of Bogotá.

As for golf, the club has two 18-hole courses each, ranked among the best of its kind nationally, as well as a 9-hole children’s course. Its practice field of more than 400 yards is the only one with 2 tees in Colombia. In addition, it has hosted the Colombian Open 3 times, the last time coinciding with its 20th anniversary.

No. 1 Course

  • # of holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Bent Grass
    • Greens: Bent Grass
  • Length: 6.924 yards
  • Designer: Boris Sokoloff y Gary Player Design Company
  • Caddy / golf cart: 
  • Rental equipment: 

This field is crossed along by different water zones and has 4 side bunkers. It is preferred by beginners as it is a simpler field.

No. 2 Course

  • # of holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Poa Annua
    • Greens: Poa Annua
  • Length: 7.720 yards
  • Architect: Floridian Mark Mahannah
  • Caddy / golf cart: 
  • Rental equipment: 

It is the most challenging and intimidating field in the club. Due to the topography and atmosphere of Bogotá, the 7,720 yards of the field are equivalent to a field of about 6,600 yards at sea level.

Of the front nine, number 2 is the hardest. At 437 yards, it doglegs to the left after a small lake on the inner curve of the fairway. Of the back nine, number 16, 500 yards, is the longest and most difficult par 4 in the field. The green is elevated and protected by 3 bunkers to the left side.

Club El Rincón, Cajicá

Web page: http://www.clubelrincon.com/
Location: Km. 26 Carretera Central Norte Vía Sopó, Cajicá, Cundinamarca
Altitude: 2558 m (8392 ft) ASL
Average temperature: 6 – 20º C (42.8 – 68º F)
Time to the city center: 1 hour 15 minutes by car
Hotel on site:
Restaurante on site: 6 spaces, including tavern
Other amenities: Social area, sports shop, beauty salon, massage room, Turkish bath, children’s area with recreation and daycare on weekends, infirmary with ambulance, mass on Sundays.

To the north of Bogota, near the municipality of Cajicá, El Rincón Club was founded by 8 golf-lover friends and now it ranks amongst the best in the country.

It has one of the most prestigious fields in the country. It has even been considered among the best 50 in the world. In 1980, golfers from different countries gathered there to play the World Cup, one of the most important events in the club’s history.

  • # of holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Kikuyo
    • Greens: Bent Grass
  • Length: 7.150 yards
  • Designer: Robert Trent Jones
  • Caddy / cart:
    • Caddy (cash payment)
    • Carts (for senior adults or people with medical certification)
  • Rental equipment: Golf bags and practice balls (cash payment)

To compensate for a 10% increase in the ball flight taking into account the altitude of the field, architect Alberto Serra extended the total length of the field to 7,542 yards from the championship tees.

Enjoy this field of long freeways and 3 sand traps, which also features a lake that completely separates the tee from the putting green and a stone wall that protects the front of the green. It is easy to realize why the best golf players in the country prefer this course.

San Andrés Golf Club, Funza

Web page: http://sanandresgolfclub.com/
Location: Cl. 15 #24 – 80, Funza, Cundinamarca
Altitude: 2548 m (8359 ft) ASL
Average temperature: 6 – 20º C (42.8 – 68º F)
Time to the city center: 1 hour 20 minutes by car
Hotel on site:
Restaurant on site: Yes
Other amenities: Event rooms, dressing rooms, canine nursery, children’s area, infirmary, youth lounge, youth sports park, gym with coach, swimming pool, horse riding area, squash, lake with water activities, glamping.

The San Andrés Golf Club is located in Western Bogotá. It preserves Scottish architecture and is one of the oldest fields in Colombia. Additionally, it has one of the few children’s golf courses with 18 holes.

  • # of holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Kikuyo
    • Greens: Poa
  • Length: 7.145 yards
  • Designer: Thompson & Jones
  • Caddy / cart: Caddies of the first, second and third categories
  • Rental equipment:

The course is rated by The Rolex World’s Top 1000 Golf Courses as the best course in the country. It has wide fairways on flat ground and is a track lined with huge trees.

The holes number 7 and 8 of par 5 stand out. In the back nine, water is the protagonist, especially in the 11th hole of par 4, to which it borders to the left of the fairway from tee to green.

La Cima Golf Club, La Calera

Web page: https://www.clubdegolflacima.com/
Location: Km 13 vía Bogotá – La Calera
Altitude: 2718 m (8917 ft) ASL
Average temperature: 5 – 19º C (41 – 66.2º F)
Time to the city center: 50 minutes by car
Hotel on site:
Restaurante on site: Restaurant and tavern
Other amenities: Organization of business tournaments, golf classes, specialized Pro Shop, Clubhouse, dressing rooms, sauna.

La Cima Golf Club is located in the municipality of La Calera, by the eastern hills of Bogotá, and is one of the best public golf courses in Colombia. This means that you do not need to buy shares in the club in order to enjoy this sport. Also, it has the only online game reservation system in the country.

  • # of holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Kikuyo
    • Greens: Bentgrass – Poa
  • Length: 6.089 yards
  • Designer: Boris Sokoloff
  • Caddy / cart: Caddies de primera, segunda y tercera categoría.
  • Rental equipment: Callaway X20 first-generation equipment, Callaway Big Bertha second-generation equipment, Golden Bear third-generation equipment, shoes and umbrella.

As a public field, golfers can play at a daily rate, which varies depending on the day during the week or weekend. Computerized irrigation is used for maintenance.

It is one of the highest golf courses in the world, because of this it is a cold and windy course. So wear warm and comfortable clothes and prepare for a physically demanding game.

Club La Pradera de Potosí, La Calera

Web page: http://www.clublapradera.com/
Location: Km 19 vía la Calera – Sopó, La Calera, Cundinamarca
Altitude: 2650 m (8694 ft) ASL
Average temperature: 5 – 19º C (41 – 66.2º F)
Time to the city center: 1 hour 5 minutes by car
Hotel on site: No (residential area)
Restaurante on site: 6 restaurants and 1 bar
Other amenities: Social center with sports shop, event halls, dressing rooms, beauty salon, Turkish baths, massages, hairdresser, children’s area, games room, cinema room, gym, bowling, skiing, horseback riding and 5 other sports.

La Pradera de Potosí is located on the outskirts of the municipality La Calera, in the Santa Isabel village, on the eastern hills of Bogota. This exclusive residential club stands out for its wide range of facilities for the practice of sports and for the well-being of its members.

It has a professional golf course that meets international standards and the approval of the Colombian Golf Federation. It also has a practice field with an extension of 300 yards, capacity for 20 players and approach, chip and green area.

  • # of holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Kikuyo
    • Greens: Poa Annua
  • Length: 7.716 yards
  • Designer: Mark Mahannah
  • Caddy / cart: Caddy
  • Rental Equipment: –

La Pradera field consists of four holes par 5, four holes par 3, and ten holes par 4. Surrounded by huge houses and magnificent vegetation of native species of the savannah of Bogota, it makes a unique golf course.

16 artificial lakes, wide and wavy greens, wide fairways bordered by Kikuyo roughs and 94 bunkers are the main hallmarks of the La Pradera Golf Course.

Military Golf Club, Sopó

Web page: https://www.clubmilitardegolf.com.co/
Ubicación: Autopista Norte Km 30 vía Sopó, Cundinamarca
Altitude: 2558 m (8392 ft) ASL
Average temperature: 6 – 20° C (42.8 – 68º F)
Time to the city center: 1 hour by car
Hotel on site:
Restaurante on site:
Other amenities: Gym, tennis court, horse riding, children’s area, event halls.

This social and sports corporation offers its services to the officers of the Military and Police Forces, whether active or retired, to civilians and their guests.

It is recognized as one of the best country clubs in the savannah of Bogota, thanks to its 18-hole golf course with high strategic demand. It also has a 6-hole children’s field, where future golf champions are trained.

  • # of holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Kikuyo
    • Greens: Bentgrass – Poa
  • Length: 6.695 yards
  • Designer: Fernando Gamboa
  • Caddy / cart:
    • Caddies of the first, second and third categories (cash payment + snack)
    • Carts with additional cost
  • Rental equipment: Golf bags and practice balls

The field was designed as a challenge for all kinds of players, as it is protected by 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.

The first round is 228 yards longer than the second and demands a more conservative game, while the second round has out to the left of the entire course and allows for more risky plays.

Club Los Búhos

Web page: https://www.clubmilitardegolf.com.co/
Location: Calle 200 #55-79, Bogotá, Cundinamarca
Altitude: 2600 m (8530 ft) ASL
Average temperature: 8 – 20º C (46.4 – 68º F)
Time to the city center: 55 minutes by car
Hotel on site:
Restaurante on site: Yes
Other amenities: Dressing rooms, rest area, heated pool, wet areas, tennis court, football and basketball, event halls, mass, green areas.

This is the social club of professors from the National University of Colombia and is located on the northern border of Bogotá. It offers sports, social, cultural and recreational activities for members, their families and guests. It is characterized by its natural richness in a terrain that borders the mountains of Suba and the wetland of La Conejera.

It is home to sporting events such as golf, tennis, bowling and football.

  • # of holes: 9
  • Par: 66
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Bermuda Grass
    • Greens: Poa Annua
  • Length: –
  • Designer: Agustín Rodríguez y Luis Carlos Hidalgo
  • Caddy / cart: Caddy
  • Rental equipment: Golf bags

This is a 9-hole federated golf course, which means two rounds are played. It has four holes par 3, four par 4 and a par 5. This course could be challenging for less experienced players, since it has only one set of men’s tees.

3. Golf Courses in Cartagena

Club Karibana

Web page: https://karibanacartagena.com/golf/
Location: Kilómetro 12 anillo vial entre Manzanillo de Mar y Punta Canoa vía a Barranquilla, Cartagena
Altitude: 2 m (6,5 ft) ASL
Average temperature: 24 – 31º C (75.2 – 87.8º F)
Time to the city center: 35 minutes by car to the Walled City
Hotel on site:
Conrad Cartagena
2 residential areas with field view
Restaurante on site: 2 restaurants and bar
Other amenities: Pro shop, clubhouse with wet areas, events hall, semi-Olympic swimming pool, tennis, water sports and beach.

Karibana Beach Club is not only a place you can visit sporadically but a real-estate project where you can live with all the comfort a club provides. Besides being part of the Conrad Cartagena by Hilton hotel, it offers apartments with sea view, houses amid native forest with view of a unique golf course in Colombia. Plus, 1 kilometer of private beach. This luxurious beach club has everything a customer wants.

TPC Cartagena at Karibana

  • # of holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Bent
    • Greens: Bent
  • Length: 7.065 yards
  • Designer: Nicklaus Design
  • Caddy / cart:
    • Golf carts with GPS system
    • Caddies
  • Rental equipment: Golf bags and shoes. Wide range of equipment: Cobra, TaylorMade and other brands (sets for right-handed, left-handed and women).

Located between a native forest and the beautiful Caribbean beach, it is definitely one of the best golf courses in Colombia. In fact, it is the only field in South America endorsed by the PGA as TPC, which means it has high-quality standards and can host large tournaments. The course was home to the first Cartagena de Indias at Karibana Championship (part of the Web.com Tour approved by the PGA) in 2015 and the Colombian Open 2019.

In the front nine, there are 6 artificial lakes surrounded by windy forests and wide fairways, while the remaining 9 holes have a sea view and demand greater effort. There are about 135 bunkers. To cool off in the warm climate characteristic of the area, the beverage carts travel the course offering cold beers to the sportsmen.

It is maintained well with a computerized drainage system that irrigates the field every night to ensure the stability of the game and keep the best positions of golf courses nationwide.

Cartagena Country Club

Web page: https://www.clubcampestredecartagena.com/en/
Location: Kilómetro 1 vía Turbaco, sector Puente Honda
Altitude: 5 m (16,4 ft) ASL
Average temperature: 24 – 31º C (75.2 – 87.8º F)
Time to the city center: 55 minutes by car
Hotel on site:
Restaurante on site: Yes
Other amenities: Sports shop, garage, swimming pool, tennis, spa and sauna, children’s park, event halls, ecological path and 3 lakes.

The Cartagena Country Club was initially founded by 57 members, in 1933, by the residents of the Caribbean city and the Andian National Corporation initiative. Here, members, their families, and guests can enjoy social and sports activities, in an exclusive atmosphere in the outskirts of the municipality.

It has an 18-hole golf course, which hosts various tournaments such as the Ryder Cup, the Cartagena de Indias International Children and Youth Tournament, the Fedegolf Cup and its own amateur tournament.

  • # of holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Bermuda
    • Greens: Bermuda Tif Dwarf
  • Length: 6.901 yards
  • Designer: Rafael y Jaime Villegas
  • Caddy / cart: Both
  • Rental equipment: 

The game on this course depends on the weather. The warm season is from December to April and causes the field to become hard, the ball to roll a lot, the rough to lose its grass and the ball gets caught between the formed cracks in the ground. Instead, from May to November it rains a lot, so the field is softer and the ball does not roll so much.

The most complicated hole is the 6th, a par 5 of 554 yards. It is narrow and all over the left side it has out, in the second shot water runs on both sides and 90 yards from the green, in the center of the fairway, there is a gigantic Samanea saman tree, for which the shot to be made must be thought through.

4. Golf Courses in the Coffee Region

Armenia Country Club

Web page: https://www.clubcampestrearmenia.net
Location: Km. 10 vía Armenia – Aeropuerto Internacional El Edén, Armenia, Quindío
Altitude: 1480 m (4855 ft) ASL
Average temperature: 15 – 28º C (59 – 82.4º F)
Time to the city center: 25 minutes by car
Hotel on site: Yes -14 rooms for up to 55 people
Restaurante on site: Yes
Other amenities: Sports shop, practice areas, changing rooms, closed and outdoor gym, tennis court, swimming, massage room, beauty salon and event halls.

This country club is located on the outskirts of the capital city of Quindio in an area with beautiful landscapes, high palm trees, and a fresh atmosphere. For this reason, the club maintains an exemplary environmental commitment and offers a golf course in perfect harmony with nature.

  • # of holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Bermuda
    • Greens: Poa
  • Length: 6.588 yards
  • Designer: Rafael & Jaime Villegas – Fernando Gamboa
  • Caddy / cart: Both 
  • Rental equipment: Golf bags

This field is the perfect space to practice shooting skills and uncomfortable positions due to the abrupt and irregular terrain with plentiful depressions and bodies of water.

Manizales Country Club

Página web: https://www.clubmanizales.com.co/sede-campestre-2/
Location: Vereda Las Pavas, Vía Manizales – Chinchiná, Manizales, Caldas
Altitude: 1250 m (4101 ft) ASL
Average temperature: 13 – 22º C (55.4 – 71.6º F)
Time to the city center: 30 minutes by car
Hotel on site: No hotel, but you can rent country houses nearby.
Restaurante on site: Restaurant bar
Other amenities: Spa and beauty salon, football and football 5, tennis and table tennis, swimming pool.

The country club located in the rural area of Manizales is part of the 3 venues of the Club Manizales, the best known to the caldenses. It has a golf course surrounded by a charming landscape. Also, at the city center’s headquarters, there is a fully equipped covered practice area to provide the best advice in this sport.

  • # of holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Tifway 419
    • Greens: Tifgreen 328
  • Length: 6.602 yardas
  • Designer: Rafael & Jaime Villegas – Fernando Gamboa
  • Caddy / cart:
  • Rental equipment: 

Although surrounded by mountains of the Western Andes, the course, which respects the natural topography of the terrain, is relatively flat. The biggest difficulty is the 62 bunkers distributed throughout the field, made of hard and compact sand. Both in these areas and in greens (400 mts2 approx.), the field demands precision and mastery of the ball.

5. Golf Courses in Medellín

Medellín Country Club, Rionegro

Web page: http://www.clubcampestre.co/deportes/golf/
Location: Vereda Cabeceras, Rionegro, Antioquia
Altitude: 2150 m (7053 ft) ASL
Average temperature: 13 – 23º C (55.4 – 73.4° F)
Time to the city center: 50 minutes by car
Hotel on site: Yes
Restaurante on site: 2 restaurants and 1 bar
Otras instalaciones y servicios: Event halls, children’s area, aeromodelling track, swimming pool, gym, horseback riding, water skiing, football, polo, squash, tennis.

The headquarters of the Medellin Country Club located on the outskirts of the capital of Antioquia, in the municipality of Rionegro, is a good option to practice sports and enjoy a restful time away from the noise of the city. Besides offering accommodation in its hotel, local and international cuisine and relaxation spaces, the club has facilities to practice 12 sports disciplines.

For golf lovers, the club offers an 18-hole course with excellent technical conditions and also has another 9-hole golf course within the city, if you do not want to leave.

Campo Llanogrande

  • # of holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Kikuyo – Trenza
    • Greens: Bent grass
  • Length: 7.022 yards
  • Designer: Jaime & Rafael Villegas
  • Caddy / cart: 
  • Rental equipment:

Llanogrande is a characteristic flat and long field, which respects the original conditions of the terrain. A series of small trees with a distance of 7 to 8 meters make up the vegetation of the course. Even though the greens are large and rather flat, you shouldn’t be overconfident, but play strategically and carefully, because obstacles such as the lakes are very well distributed.

The course hosts local, national and international tournaments.

Club El Rodeo, Medellín

Sede Medellín – Sede La Macarena

Web page: https://clubcampestreelrodeo.com/portal2/
Location:
Sede Medellín: Calle 2 Sur # 65 – 535, Medellín, Antioquia
Sede La Macarena: Calle 41 # 33 – 595, Rionegro, Antioquia
Altitude: 1486 – 2120 m (4875 – 6955 ft) ASL
Average temperature: 17– 24º C (62.6 – 75.2° F)
Time to the city center:
15 minutes by car from Medellin headquarters
1 hour drive from Rionegro headquarters
Hotel on site:
Restaurante on site: 3 restaurants, 2 cafes, 3 bars
Other amenities: Clubhouse, children’s and semi-Olympic swimming pool, meeting rooms, tennis and football courts, billiard hall, children’s playground.

The exclusive El Rodeo club has two venues to offer more comfort to its members: one that serves Medellín as a green lung and another in the municipality of Rionegro with a more rural atmosphere: La Macarena. It is distinguished by being declared a Natural Reserve of Civil Society by the National Natural Parks System of Colombia.

It also offers its partners two 18-hole golf courses with high biodiversity, unique landscapes and a practice field.

El Rodeo Course

  • # of holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Bermuda Tifgreen 328
    • Greens: Bermuda Tid Dwarf
  • Length: 8.808 yards
  • Designer: Canadian Golf Landscaping
  • Caddy / cart: Golf carts
  • Rental equipment: 

To play, you must take into account the slope of the terrain, as the field is located on a mountainside with very undulating terrain. For this reason, the ball is at a higher or lower level than your feet, so it can take a path to the right or left of the target.

The most striking thing about this course is that you can see planes passing very close by, as Olaya Herrera Airport is located in the sector. In fact, from holes 2 and 17 you can see the complete runway and to the right of the last one, a terrain with flowers, large trees, and gardens: the Jardines de Paz cemetery. These are unusual views of a golf course that add singularity to the El Rodeo course.

La Macarena Course

  • # of holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Bermuda Tifgreen 328
    • Greens: Bermuda Tid Dwarf
  • Length: 6.792 yards
  • Designer: Mark Mahannah
  • Caddy / cart: Caddy (direct and cash payment)
  • Rental equipment: Golf bags (subject to availability)

The topography of this field is diverse: it has deep zones, narrow and wide fairways, flat or inclined, tall tees and greens, large or small, flat or wavy, measuring approximately 550 square meters. Obstacles such as bunkers, great lakes and trees are strategically placed to influence the game, just like the wind. Beginners should concentrate on the game and not let themselves be intimidated by the most difficult holes (2 and 9), but experienced players will enjoy this challenging and demanding field.

6. Golf Courses in Cali

Cali Country Club

Web page: https://campestrecali.com/deportes/golf/
Location: Calle 5 con carrera 100, frente al Centro Comercial Unicentro
Altitude: 1000 m (3280 ft) ASL
Average temperature: 19.2 – 30.3° C (66.5 – 86.5° F)
Time to the city center: 25 minutes by car
Hotel on site: Hotel and villas
Restaurante on site: 7 restaurants
Other amenities: Proshop, sendero ecológico, reserva natural, piscinas, gimnasio, fútbol, tenis, squash, polo, hípica, salones de eventos.

Located in the “world capital of salsa”, the Cali Country Club is one of the favorite clubs among the region’s inhabitants for its quality in the provision of services and its commitment to society. It has a 20-room hotel, surrounded by a forest reserve and a golf course, and various villas amid the biodiversity of the Colombian Western Mountain Range. This is the ideal place for nature-loving golfers.

  • # of holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Bermuda
    • Greens: Bermuda TifEagle
  • Length: 6.902 yards
  • Designer: Howard Watson, Canadian Golf Landscaping
  • Caddy / cart: 
  • Rental equipment:

The Cali Country Club field is the only one in Colombia with Bermuda TifEagle type grass in its greens, making it a good setting for major national and international events, such as the Latin American PGA Tour, The Donovan Cup, the Bolivarian Games, the National Games, and the Club’s Anniversary Tournament. It has hosted the Colombian Open three times.

Its design is classic, but strategic. It has varied holes arranged in a good and demanding sequence (the most difficult are numbers 5, 7, 9 and 18), which allows the enjoyment of all types of players. This course near the Colombian Pacific coast, with warm weather and salsa air, will make this a memorable experience for golfers.

Los Farallones Country Club, Cali

Location: http://clubfarallones.org/
Ubicación: Avenida El Banco, carrera 127 parcelación Alférez Real, Cali, Valle del Cauca
Altitude: 1000 msnm (3.280 pies)
Average temperature: 19.2 – 30.3 °C (66.5 – 86.5 °F)
Time to the city center: 45 minutos en carro
Hotel on site:
Restaurant on site:
Otras instalaciones y servicios: Gym, tennis, football, swimming, Rin-Rin playground.

The golf school at the Los Farallones country club is the oldest in the country and great national golf players such as Luis Nelson, Jorge Luis, Eduardo and Robert Herrera, Bernardo González and Martha Cecilia Vargas have been trained there. Besides the 18-hole course, the club has a practice field and 2 putting greens. Interestingly, the club’s Golf Committee has a thunderstorm forecast device for better security protocol and evacuation of the sports fields.

  • # of holes: 18
  • Par: 73
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Bermuda Tifway 419
    • Greens: Bermuda Tifgreen 328
  • Length: 7.413 yards
  • Designer: Fernando Gamboa
  • Caddy / cart:
  • Rental equipment: 

The Farallones course is the only one in Colombia with a par 6 hole, the 11th hole. It has a design with large gardens and a beautiful green landscape, with a variety of native trees that house different animal species. The fairways are about 25 yards wide, the roughs are planted in Bahia grass and the greens are fast, with half of the terrain undulating. The biggest challenge is the distance, the dogleg holes that require more precision from the golfer are 7, 9, 10, 15 and 16.

Towards the west of the course, you can see the incredible mountain range called Los Farallones and in clear days, the Nevado del Huila volcano appears on the southeast side. A spectacular view!

7. Golf Courses in Villavicencio

Wyndham Garden Villavicencio

Web page: https://www.hotelwyndhamgolf.com/en-gb/golf
Location: Km. 3.5 vía Quisqueya, Vereda Brisas de Upin, Restrepo, Meta
Altitude: 467 m (1532 ft) ASL
Average temperature: 20 – 32º C (68 – 89.6° F)
Time to the city center: 28 minutes by car
Hotel on site: 198 rooms
Restaurant on site: Restaurant y bar
Other amenities: Free parking, free WiFi, outdoor pool, gym, spa and wellness center, games room, business center.

The hotel complex Garden Hotel by Wyndham, in the municipality of Restrepo, Meta, is an exclusive space for rest, sports or business, near the capital of the Colombian plains: Villavicencio. It is one of the few places in Colombia where golfers can stay without having to leave the premises and have also cozy and comfortable facilities.

In 2015 it was recognized as the best golf hotel in Colombia by the World Golf Awards, thanks to the voting of golfers who have had an experience in this place.

Las Cocoras Course

  • # of holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Bent
    • Greens: Bent
  • Length: 6,100 yards
  • Designer:
  • Caddy / cart: 
  • Rental equipment: Golf bags

The course has an area of about 35 hectares, it is bordered by the Upín River and is characterized by its plains and lakes overlooking the best landscapes of Los Llanos. The designs of the holes are varied, usually long. If you are looking to play golf surrounded by nature and warm weather, this is the right place for you.

Campo de Golf — Wyndham Garden Villavicencio, 2012 — © Hoteles Diplomat — Fotografía de hoteles 360: Mario Carvajal (www.mariocarvajal.com) – Alejandro Carvajal (www.astrolabio.com.co)

8. Golf Courses in Bucaramanga

Ruitoque Golf Country Club, Bucaramanga

Web page: www.ruitoquegolf.com
Location: Kilómetro 7 vía Bucaramanga – Piedecuesta, Santander
Altitude: 1330 m (4363 ft) ASL
Average temperature: 20 – 28º C (68 – 82.4° F)
Time to the city center: 30 minutes by car
Hotel on site: Yes -Cabins
Restaurante on site: Yes
Other amenities: Gym, tennis, volleyball, squash, basketball, semi-Olympic swimming pool, nautical headquarters with fishing lake, children’s club with nursery, billiards, event halls.

On the outskirts of the capital of Santander department is this country club that offers accommodation and sports and social facilities, as part of an urban development project led by one of the oldest partnerships of Bucaramanga.

Its golf course is listed as one of the best in Latin America and among the best 5 in Colombia, according to the American magazine Golf Digest in 2016. It has hosted major tournaments and championships, such as the Latin American PGA Tour, the Armando Payana Cup, the South American Youth Championship, the fourth Latin American Senior Amateur Golf Championship, and various business tournaments. It also has a 9-hole executive field.

  • # of holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Bermuda
    • Greens: Bent Grass
  • Length: 6.601 yards
  • Designer: Nicklaus Design
  • Caddy / cart:
    • Mandatory caddy of the first, second or third categories (direct payment)
    • Cart rental
  • Rental equipment: Golf bags

It is a field with warm weather and strong winds. Due to its geographical location and the topography of the land, it is one of the most challenging fields in the country. Its design is not typical in Colombia, it is located at the top of a mountain with rocky terrain and large depressions, surrounded by cliffs. The lack of trees is another characteristic that takes away from the course the sense of depth and makes it difficult to calculate distances.

The hazards are obvious, however, you have to play with precision.

Bucaramanga Country Club

Web page: https://www.campestrebucaramanga.com/en/home-2/
Location: Carrera 21 #30 – 02 Cañaveral, Área Metropolitana de Bucaramanga
Altitude: 960 m (3149 ft) ASL
Average temperature: 21 – 28º C (69.8 – 82.4° F)
Time to the city center: 25 minutes by car
Hotel on site: Yes
Restaurant on site: Restaurants, cafes, ice cream shop and bar
Other amenities: Sports shop, spa and wellness center, swimming pool, beauty salon and barbershop, squash, swimming, football, skating, event halls.

The Bucaramanga Country Club is located in a valley between the Bucaramanga and the Ruitoque plateaus. It is characterized by its sports, recreational, gastronomy and relaxation offer, complementary with its accommodation options.

It has an 18-hole course and a practice space of 300 yards, Andalucía, that adapts to the long or short game and where classes are offered with professionals certified by the Colombian Golf Federation. Various tournaments such as the Aseduis and the Ryder Cup have been held here.

  • # of holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Bermuda Tifway 419
    • Greens: Bermuda Tifgreen 328
  • Length: 6.349 yards
  • Designer: Mark Mahannah
  • Caddy / cart: Both
  • Rental equipment: Golf Bags

The design of this field respects the topography of the terrain partly undulating and with trees of great size and antiquity, whose leaves, being hard, divert the balls easily. The course combines wavy fairways with greens protected by lakes, bunkers and native vegetation. It should be noted that fairways and greens are hard surfaces, so they cause a lot of rebounds. The most difficult hole is the number 4 of 589 yards (par 5), as it doglegs both at the exit and the entrance and has obstacles everywhere.

9. Golf Courses in Barranquilla

Club Lagos de Caujaral, Barranquilla

Web page: http://www.lagosdecaujaral.com/
Location: Km. 9 vía Barranquilla – Puerto Colombia
Altitude: 4 m (13.1 ft) ASL
Average temperature: 27 – 32º C (80.6 – 89.6° F)
Time to the city center: 30 minutes by car
Hotel on site:
Restaurante on site: Yes
Other amenities: Tennis courts, football, softball, semi-Olympic and children’s swimming pool, horse riding, event halls.

The name of the Lagos de Caujaral Club is due to the Caujaro tree (Cordia alba) which is typical of this region of the Atlantic Coast. Located on the outskirts of the port city of Barranquilla, this space has an internationally recognized golf course. It hosted the Colombian Open in the year 75 and, 30 years later, served as the stage for the bogotano Jesús Amaya to win the 57th edition of this tournament.

The magazine Golf Digest named it the third-best course in Colombia and, on average, 1,200 rounds of play are held per month. In addition, it has a golf academy for children and young people.

  • # dof holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Bermuda
    • Greens: Bermuda
  • Length: 6.585 yards
  • Designer: Joe Lee
  • Caddy / cart: Caddies of first and second categories
  • Rental equipment:

It is an ancient golf course where the flora and fauna are plentiful and you can witness unrivaled sunsets. It is characterized by strong winds and great lakes surrounding the first 10 holes, which form the low and flat level of the court. The high level is more irregular and has a direct view of the Caribbean Sea.

To keep in mind: the rainy season is from May to October, this means that there is less breeze and the ball can be controlled better, while from November to April the winds are strong and the ball bounces more, as the field hardens.

10. Golf Courses in Popayán

Popayán Country Club

Web page: http://www.clubcampestrepopayan.com
Location: Calle 40 Norte # 5 – 102 Carretera Antigua Cauca
Altitude: 1760 m (5774 ft) ASL
Average temperature: 14 – 25° C (57.2 – 77° F)
Time to the city center: 15 minutes by car
Hotel on site:
Restaurante on site: Yes
Other amenities: Semi-Olympic and children’s pool, tennis courts, football 8, basketball, beach volleyball, billiard and ping-pong room, gym, sauna, children’s area, event halls.

With more than 70 years of tradition, this social and sports club is projected as a space to get out of the city routine and be amazed by nature while enjoying different activities. It is located in the middle of the Western and Central Colombian Mountain Ranges, in the Pubenza Valley, to the southwest of Colombia.

The club has a 9-hole golf course endorsed by the Colombian Golf Federation, a practice course and a putting green.

  • # of holes: 9
  • Par: 70
  • Grass type:
    • Fairways: Kikuyo
    • Greens: Bermuda
  • Length: 2.801 yards
  • Designer: Juan Zambrano / Jaime y Rafael Villegas
  • Caddy / cart: 
  • Rental equipment:

The field has very narrow fairways that can punish those who shoot imprecise shots and greens of small size. It is a short but complicated field; most holes have lakes or bunkers as obstacles. The longest and hardest hole is number 8 par 5, 584 yards. With an out on the right and a series of large trees on the left, it is very narrow the first 280 yards and has a front lake with a guadual on the right that goes almost to the center of the fairway.

From the tee of hole 9, you can see a beautiful landscape consisting of a mountain range and a waterfall that falls towards the green of hole 8. An unparalleled view.

These were just some of the best golf courses you can enjoy in Colombia. Are you interested in a fantastic golf experience in this beautiful country? We are a travel agency based in Bogota, Colombia and specialized in customized Golf trips to Colombia. Contact us today for more information.

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