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Termas de Rio Hondo Golf Club
Costanera,  Termas  de Río Hondo, Santiago del Estero, Argentina

6th Hole – Par-5 / Par-4 — 596 to 383 Yards
Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Opened: June 1, 2018

6th hole at Rio Hondo

Versatility is an added ingredient being applied by architects globally to provide maximum elasticity for the holes they create. A perfect case in point — the 6th hole at the recently opened Rio Hondo Golf Club in Argentina. 

Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Chairman and Master Architect, RTJ II, the architecture firm for Rio Hondo, created a similar opportunity at Chambers Bay, the ’15 US Open host course in Washington State. Chambers Bay has no less than six holes capable of being played vastly different yardages through the movement of tee positions.  

 Two holes at Rio Hondo — No. 6 and 9 — can be played either as par-4 or par-5 while No. 15 provides the option to be a par-3 or par-4. This allows the golf course to be set differently every day. In addition, the 9th hole even has two different greens for maximum variety. The daily fee course can play from 5,137 to 7,510 yards as either a par-72 or 73. The “ribbon tees” are merely extensions of the fairway and provide the wherewithal for all levels of golfers to enjoy the course. 

Photo credit: Joann Dost

 The 6th hole, a par 5, can be played around a central outcropping of trees and bunkers to arrive at the green.  Depending on where the tee and flagstick are set up, it will change the strategy the player chooses to embrace,” said Jones. ”The idea at this course was to maximize the number of strategic options from day to day thereby allowing the golfer to have very different experiences.” 

Argentina has a rich history in golf and the opening of Rio Hondo clearly adds to that well-established legacy.   

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