Monterrey, Mexico
18 Hole Private Golf Course


Las Misiones Club Campestre was originally designed by Robert von Hagge and was constructed from 1988 to 1991 when it opened. During that time I was the lead architect on the project.

In January 2011 I returned to help them recover from damage caused by Hurricane Alex. Several greens were destroyed; some fairways suffered erosion damage. We enlisted the services of James Beke, of Global Earthmovers and Shapers, Inc. The course was put back in good order and ready for play by September of 2011.


HOLE 2  

Hole 2 is a par 5 that plays across the arroyo which carried the massive floodwaters that damaged the course. Pictured to the right is the green which suffered damage from the high water. The bent grass green was completely stripped of its turf but the surrounding Bermuda grass remained largely in place.


Here is another picture of the damaged green at hole 2 from the left side of the green.
I found a photograph of the original green taken shortly after the course opened. Pictured here from left to right are Alejandra Avila, Fernando Avila (Green Superintendent), Robert von Hagge, and Lauren Moran.
Here is another photograph of the hole prior to the damage suffered from the hurricane.
The damaged holes opened for play on September 23, 2011. The pictures of the "new" holes were taken on that day. The picture to the right is the new hole 2 green.
HOLE 3  
Hole 3 is a par 3 that plays from the same side of the arroyo as hole 2 green, plays over the arroyo to a green that was low and next to it. Pictured here is the damaged green.
Pictured to the right is original green shortly after the course opened. 
The new green is raised higher above the arroyo, and a bunker is positioned in a more strategic location as compared to the original green.
HOLE 6  
Hole 6 is a par 4 that plays along the bottom of a small canyon between two ridges. The fairway was damaged by erosive floodwaters through the canyon floor and the green was damaged by a land slide caused by the heavy rain.

Pictured to the right is the tee shot on hole 6. The brown line across the fairway is where floodwaters ripped through it.

To the right is hole 6 green. The flagstick is at the front of the green and the land slide behind the flagstick affected mostly the middle of the green.
Here is a close up of the dirt that collapsed onto the green.
Pictured to the right is the new green for hole 6. The green is much longer than the original as a back portion was added separated from the front part of the green by a bench in the surface. Notice that much of the vegetation covering the rock faced canyon wall to the right of the green was removed to expose its beauty.
Here is a close up the the bench in the green that was added in order to create more pin area in back of the original green.
Notice the magnificent rock walls we uncovered next to hole 6 green.
HOLE 16  
Hole 16 was another par 3 hole where the green was placed next to the arroyo. Pictured to the right is the damaged green.
This was the original hole 16 green shortly after the course opened.
Here is the new green on opening day in September 2011. We were able to remove a few trees to let more sunlight in to the putting surface while still maintaining the original feel of the von Hagge design. The putting surface is much more interesting than the original green.
HOLE 17  
Hole 17 is a par 4 that bends gently to the left. The green was low next to the arroyo which was to the left of the green. The front portion of the green was flooded. We decided to raise the entire green in hopes this will not happen again.
Here is a picture of the new green at hole 17. We added a bunker in the front left and extended a bench into the fairway creating an upper and lower fairway. There are some very interesting features within the putting surface. In general the player can avoid a confrontation with the front left bunker and the arroyo by playing away to the right side of the fairway and green which is sloped to roll the ball toward the left. A weak shot could be deflected toward the bunker or end up in the lower fairway leaving a delicate pitch onto the green.
I am very proud of my long association with Las Misiones and the wonderful members and persons who work there. The club was very kind in commemorating the new work by installing a plaque at the club which is pictured to the right.
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