The Golf Course – May 2015

The first golf season, with the front 9 holes finalized and open to play, has been very successful. The course was very well received by players of all handicaps and by golf architecture experts and enthusiasts. Seeing our members and their guests proudly enjoying their golf course this season has been rewarding and fulfilling.

We were very happy to witness some of the first birdies and eagles. The first eagle ever at El Desafío was recorded by Daniel Posse on the 540 yard par 5 8th hole, reaching the green in two great shots and sinking a 10 foot putt. Holes 7 and 8 have seen the most birdies so far, although the par 3 9th was birdied by the first player ever to play the hole, from inches behind the hole and missing a hole in one by the smallest of margins.

During the past summer we worked on the last bunker details and we are very pleased with the final result. The bunkers have a natural rugged look that harmonizes well with the Patagonian landscape and contrast very nicely with the more formal fairways and greens.

Also during the past summer, and as we anticipated after the late seeding the prior fall, we reseeded the fairways and greens of holes 3 and 9 to make sure we have a great playing surface and up to par with the rest of the golf course. We also re shaped the first tee in accordance with modifications requested by Greg Norman Golf Course Design to ensure better visibility of the fairway from the tees and produce a somewhat longer tee shot. Some further drainage work was done on the first hole fairway close to the green as some water started emerging from a side hill.

With respect to the front 9 holes, construction is now over and only normal maintenance work and time remains to give the course maturity. For next season we expect to mow the greens lower and allow for greater speeds. The first club competitions will be organized. The course will remain open during winter, with play restrictions following snow or severe freezes that do not allow play.

Also during the past summer we worked on shaping of some of the back 9 holes, work that will continue during next summer. Work schedule will focus on holes 10, 11, 17 and 18 before continuing with the last 5 holes. If you visit El Desafío you can already see the longest hole on the course and the one requiring more shaping work, #18, already graded and close to having its final shaping.

As from now, members can invite accompanied or unaccompanied guests to play golf at El Desafío. Please email El Desafío at info@eldesafioresort.com to reserve tee times ahead of time.

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Avances en golf – Abril 2011

Ha sido un verano muy activo en las obras del golf en El Desafio y con excelentes avances, pese a que fue una primavera/verano con muchas lluvias. Faltando todavía un par de semanas más de obra, antes de que las primeras nevadas hagan imposible seguir, confiamos en que se cumplirán los objetivos propuestos.

Numerosos visitantes se han sorprendido de ver la magnitud y el ritmo de las obras. Trabajamos con 14 camiones, 3 topadoras grandes, 3 excavadoras grandes, una cargadora, una bob cat, una mini excavadora, una retropala, un tractor agrícola grande, un camión regador, un rolo de compactación grande y otras maquinas menores e instrumentos de medición de precisión.

Al día de hoy se ha removido y acopiado a los costados de la cancha toda la tierra fértil de mayor calidad necesaria para cubrir los primeros 9 hoyos. Se han instalado los grandes drenajes que cruzan la cancha y evitan las inundaciones. A su vez se han completado todos los traslados de suelos que debieron hacerse en camión entre hoyos y dentro de cada hoyo. También se ha completado el shaping fino (o moldeado) de los hoyos 1, 2, 3, 6 y 7, y se ha completado el shaping fino de los hoyos 4, 5, 8 y 9 (excepto el green y algún detalle). En total, estimamos que se han movido más de 250,000 metros cúbicos de suelos, algo más del 70% de lo que se moverá en el total de la cancha de golf.

Adicionalmente se han abierto los caminos de carros de los primeros 9 hoyos, construido puentes, numerosas pircas de contención en puentes, drenajes mayores, caminos y tees. Además, se están instalando drenajes menores en greens y bunkers. Se ha avanzado mucho en los movimientos de suelos del hoyo 18 y relleno del driving range. En las próximas semanas se terminará el shaping de los greens restantes y los detalles de terminación.

Hacía Octubre de este año, con la llegada del tiempo seco, se comenzará con la instalación del riego de última generación, seguido por la limpieza y reposición de la capa fértil de tierra (20 cm de profundidad a lo largo de todos los fairways y roughs) y la siembra, en vistas del gran objetivo de tener 9 hoyos terminados para finales del verano o principios del otoño que viene.

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Campeonato de Long Drive: ¿Aceptás el desafío?

Si tu pasión es el golf y estás cerca de El Desafío Mountain Resort estás a tiempo de participar. Aprovechá la oportunidad de pegar el drive del hoyo 2 de la única cancha Signature diseñada por Greg Norman en Sudamérica.

 

Viernes 22 de Abril – 12.00 hs
Categorías: Caballeros, Damas y Menores
3 Intentos por persona.
Drive y pelotas: Cortesía de TaylorMade Picada: Para puntuales, en la plataforma del tee del hoyo 2: Invita El Desafío.

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Competencia de Long Drive

¿Alguna vez jugaste al golf en un campo Greg Norman Signature en medio de las montañas o solo lo soñás? Si tu pasión es el golf y estás cerca de El Desafío Mountain Resort todavía estás a tiempo.

El Desafío Mountain Resort propuso una atractiva alternativa para este verano invitando a todos los golfistas a participar de una competencia de Long Drive en su campo diseñado por el Gran Tiburón Blanco. Con las obras cada vez más avanzadas y la ansiedad creciente por jugar el primera cancha Norman de Sudamérica, el emprendimiento Premium ubicado en San Martín de los Andes, abrió sus puertas a los aficionados para que puedan disfrutar aunque sea un momento, uno de los trazados más impactantes de la región.

Tener la sensación de jugar un campo diseñado por Greg Norman comenzó a ser una realidad de la mano de El Desafío Mountain Resort. Pegar un drive en una cancha Greg Norman Signature no ocurre todos los días y a partir del acuerdo entre El Desafío y TaylorMade este sueño es posible.

En lo que será el tee del hoyo 2, sin dudas unas de las mejores vistas de la cancha. Allí, cada uno de los visitantes tiene la oportunidad de pegar tres drives hacia el fairway de ese mismo hoyo y competir contra todos los que pasen durante el verano por El Desafío.

Habrá premios de la firma Greg Norman para los ganadores de las categorías Caballeros y Damas. Los resultados se sabrán a fines de Marzo.

La idea de esta innovadora propuesta surgió para que los golfistas comiencen a sentir el significado de jugar al golf en una verdadera cancha de montaña que, una vez finalizada, se convertirá en una de las mejores de Argentina y Sudamérica.

El avance de las obras de la cancha de golf sigue firme (7100 yardas), se ha concluido la apertura de los corredores de los 18 hoyos y comenzó el movimiento de suelo en 10 hoyos.

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The Shark heads to Argentina

Dallas based Hicks Trans American Partners develops new mountain resort in South America.
by Larry Olmsted – Luxury Living International

Many travelers put Patagonia near the top of their wish list for a vacation. Now some are considering the naturally gorgeous destination for a vacation home.

El Desafio is the first serious real estate development in Argentinean Patagonia, a project of Dallas-based Hicks Trans American Partners, aimed at an outdoor, equestrian and golfing clientele. While the facilities are impressive, the most compelling asset is the unique location in the Lakes District of Northern Patagonia, where a seemingly endless series of incredibly clean, crystalline lakes wind through valleys in the heart of the Andes, the world’s second highest mountain range. This area is home to innumerable species found only here, some of the best fly fishing on earth, and endless hiking, biking and horse trails through vast expanses of totally untouched land. For all practical purposes, Argentinean Patagonia extends from here south to the end of the earth.

Befitting the incredible natural setting, the project includes massive reserves of protected land, stunning views and a brand new Greg Norman designed golf course – the Great White Shark’s first venture into South America.

The El Desafio mountain resort community is slated to include a luxury hotel, and spans an impressive 1000+ hectares, or about 2500-acres. The local response among South American buyers has already been strong, with about 150 lots sold despite limited facilities finished. Home sites are large, and only 740 of the acres are slated for residential development. Plans also include a limited number of low rise luxury condos in addition to custom homes. The first phase, just completed, includes all the underground sewer, water and electric infrastructure for residential construction, along with the first of two world-class polo fields. The Argentineans are mad about polo, and buyers are already training and playing while the first houses are being built (5 homes are under construction). One El Desafio shareholder is John Muse, a top player and the recent winner of three important polo tournaments in Santa Barbara, CA, who will be on hand February 5-6 for the grand opening celebration, the first El Desafio Polo Cup. Extensive equestrian facilities also include training areas, stables and riding for all abilities.

Of the 2500 very natural acres, 600 are set aside as a nature preserve, and the lifestyle will have an emphasis on the great outdoors, with trekking and mountain biking, including trails and mountain shelters throughout the property. Owners have access to some of South America’s best skiing in winter, which is summer in North America. This reversal of seasons is also tempting for winter golf and fishing getaways from the colder US climates – besides horses and now golf, the area’s traditional appeal is its fly fishing, something Patagonia is world renowned for, long attracting serious anglers from around the globe.

The new hotel will include a substantial spa available to owners, plus two clubhouses, one for golf and one for polo, and work has already begun on the 7,100-yard Greg Norman Signature course. Being in the Andes, it will feature dramatic elevation changes, and is routed through two very different environments, a dense pine forest at lower altitude and the open meadows of a mountain plateau with sweeping vistas of some of the tallest peaks on earth, snow covered year round. Norman has taken special care to use his par-3s to frame this natural setting, and each one promises to be a stunner. With 5 sets of tees, the course will offer enjoyment and challenge for golfers of all abilities.

“It will be my first ever course in South America,” said Norman. “I have designed mountain courses before, but this course will be unique with its dramatic backdrops and rugged beautiful terrain. We spent a lot of time trying to ensure the best routing for this beautiful piece of property, we wanted to use a least disturbance approach and create great golf at the same time. It’s going to be a spectacular golf course.”

In keeping with the overall aesthetic of the development, the course will be eco-friendly, and more than half of its acreage is preserved native areas, with the routing carefully planned to avoid removal of any significant trees or disturbance of important habitat. It also uses a brand new type of gravity fed sprinkler system to provide irrigation without power consuming pumps. In the past 12 moths all eighteen fairways have been cleared and construction is well underway.


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