Creation of first nine holes completed at new course in Bolivia


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    Marco Martin has designed the course to not be overly penal and encourage players of all abilities

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    The front nine holes have now been completed and are ready for play

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    The back nine holes play around a sizable lagoon

Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

A new golf course designed by architect Marco Martin is taking shape in the South American country of Bolivia.

The creation of the first nine holes at the club has now been completed at the Urubó Country Club, which is located near Santa Cruz – Bolivia’s largest city –  in the country’s central region.

Martin – a senior member of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects – has designed the course with the aim of making it fun and enjoyable for players, and not overly penal.

Highlights of the front nine include a very long par five third hole, measuring 586 yards. The seventh hole also sees players navigate a small pool and looking to land on the green directly from the tee.

One of the site’s major features is a large lagoon, featuring a variety of local wildlife. Many of the holes on the back nine will play alongside this lagoon, with the seventeenth hole will feature an island green. These holes are currently under construction.

The course is the centerpiece of a country club in the area, and the golf offering will complement other leisure facilities at the site.

The construction of the remaining nine holes is scheduled for completion later this year.