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Mythical Golf in SierraPablo EtcheversPablo Etchevers
Playing golf in Sierra de la Ventana is special. For years, the Easter holidays are the date chosen for the national event. However, the mythical course expects visitors everyday.
“If you have not played in Sierra, I still cannot call you a golfer”. More than a reproach, this phrase, heard many times in the golf sphere, is a healthy invitation. Playing in Sierra de la Ventana is an outstanding debt every golfer should pay some day.
In 1935, and by initiative of don Diedrich Daniel Meyer, best known by everyone as don Diego, the idea of creating a golf course arose. His big passion for trees, as well as the possibilities offered by the lands surrounding his estancia “El Retiro”, contributed to making his dream come true.
With the support provided by a group of enthusiastic friends, local neighbors and some engineers from the Southern Railway, and with the same professionals who had worked at the Ituzaingó Golf Club, the first 9 holes were laid out taking into account the course of the San Bernardo Creek, to make the course design much more picturesque.
Pedro Churio, who also designed Los Acantilados Golf Club course in Mar del Plata, was in charge of materializing such an undertaking.
Thus, in January 26, 1936, the golf course was finally inaugurated with a tournament which ended with a reception still remembered by some of the founding members who were present that day in order to give the long awaited first stroke.
In 1951, the 9 remaining holes were built. This way, the total number of holes in the course increased to 18. In this case, engineer Luther Koontz, who also designed the layouts of the Club Náutico San Isidro, Olivos Golf Club and Golf Club Argentino courses, was in charge of this beautiful task.
In those years, playing golf in Sierra de la Ventana had become renowned and its course, with one of the largest sizes in the world, acquired a mysticism it would never lose.
Unusually attractive, its landscape and colorful trees, most of which are over seventy years old, turn it into the ideal scenery for lovers of this marvellous sport. Its greens are large and have surprising slopes.
The most beautiful thing about all this is that, even if you are not a golfer, you can walk across the course, provided that the advice given by the local authorities is respected, not only to get to see the most beautiful nooks of the large course, but also not to have any accident and to respect the peace each player needs to manage a perfect stroke.