Course of the Month

January 2018

Estadio Espanol, Chile Chile

Estadio Espanol of Las Condes, Santiago de Chile, is an institution of of a sport, social and cultural nature, founded on October 12, 1950. The main objectives of the institution are the knowledge, conservation and development of the values of Hispanic culture and its diffusion in Chilean society, providing sports, social and cultural outlets.
Estadio Espanol Pitch and Putt course was built in the 1990s. It's located in Calle Nevería 4855, in the commune of Las Condes in the city of Santiago. It is situated in a residential area, but next to important access roads, just four blocks from the "Escuela Militar" metro station and close to an important shopping centre.
The course has just seven greens but with subtle use of varying teeing grounds and the double green system (that is a feature of golf  courses such as St. Andrews), Estadio Espanol is a fine test, measuring 947 metres for 18 holes. The 87 metre 18th is the longest and the most difficult hole on the course. The same green is also used for the 9th hole, which is Index 2 and plays 69 metres from the forward tee. This green is elevated, hence the slightest miscalculation results in a complicated second shot.
The second hole measures just 33 metres to a tiny green at the corner of the course, but it plays Index 14. The 47 metre 7th, with its small oval shaped green, is considered Estadio Espanol's easiest hole.  The 36 metre hole six is also quite short and most demanding. A very narrow fairway, flanked by a row of trees on the left and a concrete wall on the right, demands great precision and low height on the ball to avoid overhanging branches. Just finding the green merits great praise from other players.The 4th and 8th along with the 3rd and the 5th are the large shared greens.
Current Club President is Marcelo Cristi Gaete while the Director is Juan Carlos Caso.
(with thanks to Pablo Caviedes and Marcelo Cristi).