The Buenos Aires Country Club is a 27
hole golf course with a limited number of private residential home sites
looking onto the course. The club hosted the Argentina Open, and South
American Amateur, two of the most prestigious events in South America,
in successive weeks, in December 1994, one year after opening. In
December 2000, the course hosted the EMC World Cup Team Championship won
by Tiger Woods and David Duval.
As the lead architect, in charge of
design and construction observation, Kelly Blake Moran designed a system
of interconnected wetlands and lakes, including some that were adjacent
to elevated fairways. The fairways were sloped and drained to the lakes
and wetlands. Also, large, out of play areas of the course were planted
with native grasses that were established, and require little
supplemental irrigation. This accomplished three important goals.
First, it removed from intensive maintenance and irrigation large areas
of the golf course and placed it into low maintenance wetlands, lakes,
and native grass areas. Second, most of the golf course surface area
drains to the lakes so the water can be used for irrigation. Third, the
fairways remain in good condition because all surface water is quickly
diverted to swales, wetlands, and lakes, thus the course can be enjoyed
even during inclement weather.
Achieving the client's goals is the first
priority. At the Buenos Aires Country Club, the solutions designed to
accomplish the client's goals simultaneously contributed to creating
Hole 18, approach shot.