Course Review and Comments
The course at Casa De Campo is a challenging 9-hole course high on the plateau known as "La Mesa de los Santos" or The plateau of the Saints. It is owned by the Club Campestre of Bucaramanga and is basically a weekend retreat for it's members.
No score cards, No clubhouse. No driving range. No food, No drink. However, what it does have is an especially fine mix of golf holes that will challenge any player of the highest caliber.
They recently changed the rotation and what was #1 is now #4, but when it was the opening hole, it served notice that this is not your grandfather's golf course. 645 yards where the tee shot plays slightly down hill. The second blind over a saddle and the 3rd to a well protected green. The 2nd (was) is a gem of a par 4 that has a sunken lake at the slight dogleg. The second shot plays uphill and par is an excellent score here.
The old 3rd is a par three that has a championship tee abutted to the cliffs of the canyon. If the awe of the canyon doesn't unsettle you, the 220 yards over a baranca played to a green with a grove of pines trees should bring your focus back quickly to the task at hand.
This is a golf course that not many have played because it is not near a tourist area. In fact, once in Bucaramanga, you have to travel 1-1/2 hours to reach it with the last 30 minutes climbing the mountain and then passing serenely through a coffee plantation and bird sanctuary. Bring a few gatorades and chocolate bars if you plan on playing 18 holes. You'll need the energy. It is a tough course to walk and hopefully a few caddies are around to lighten your load.
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