Golfing Patagonia (Argentina)
Discover the best kept secret in the golfing world
Patagonia is the southernmost portion of South America. Mostly covering Argentina and Chile, it comprises the Andes mountains to the west and south, borders North with the regions of Cuyo (which includes, among others, the Province of Mendoza, Argentina´s wine country) and Pampas regions, finishing into the Atlantic Ocean. The name Patagonia comes from the word patagon used by Magellan to describe the native people who -during his expedition, in 1520- thought to be giants.
It is a land of outstanding beauty and wilderness, great for hiking, skiing, golfing, mountain biking and many other outdoor activities, as well.
It does not have any big cities nor developments, but city life is not what you are here for. There many areas and National Parks spread through its vast extension: The Glaciares National Park near the border with Chile , Valdes Peninsula , the Ephemeral Lakes and Peaks of the Siete Lagos region and the Torres del Paine National Park, are among some of the many destinations this unique land has to offer.
Due to its massive size –almost half of Argentina and a third of Chile- we have chosen to focus on La Región de los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes District), which is one of favorite ares of Argentina. The region stretches out through the Foothils of the Andes Range in Argentina, comprising 2 National Parks: Nahuel Huapí and Lañín. The area is linked through a 65 mi. scenic road that connects several towns, nestled between Alpine Lakes, Snow-Capped Peaks and deep forestry.
San Carlos de Bariloche (elev. 2930 ft.) is located in the south shore of the Nahuel Huapí Lake, it is the biggest city within the Lake District of Patagonia, while the low-key and laidback spirit of the towns of San martín de los Andes and Villa La Angostura, complete de cornerstones of the Camino de los Siete Lagos road, providing accesss to hundreds of lakes, mountain ranges and forest lands .