LAS MISIONES CLUB CAMPESTRE
18 Hole Private Golf Course
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 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 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
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 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 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 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.