Club de Golf La Cima, Colombia

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La Cima Club de Golf is located in the Andes Mountains near the town of La Calera about 45-60 minutes east of Bogotá, Colombia. The golf course is set amongst Colombian potato farms and cattle ranches. La Cima sits over 9,000 feet above sea level and claims to be the world’s second-highest golf course (behind La Paz GC in Peru at 10,800 feet). The locals call golfing at La Cima “golfing above the clouds.”

Club de Golf La Cima

As such it can be quite a challenging course – even a slightly misjudged approach shot could see your ball disappearing off down the side of a mountain. Be warned too that the course is located at an altitude of around 3000 metres, so take your time strolling down the fairway!

Club de Golf La Cima,

The tee shots at La Cima are quite dramatic. Many very large elevation changes make judging distance tough while the tightness of the tree lined fairways makes accuracy extremely important. On this course distance off the tee is not the most important and at this altitude, the ball flies very far so driver isn’t always the club to pull on par-4′s and par-5′s. Quite often the hole design requires a much more conservative iron-off-the-tee approach for the best placement.

Club de Golf La Cima

The fairways at La Cima can be tight. If one manages to place a ball on the fairway there can be many challenging lies due to the hilly Andes mountain terrain, there is not a straight hole on the course; most of the par-4′s and 5′s have some sort of dogleg and many of them feature double doglegs.

Club de Golf La Cima

Approaching the greens is perhaps the most challenging part of golf above the clouds. The steep Colombian terrain all but guarantees that one side of the green will have a hill above and the other a large drop off. Missing the green to the side of the drop off is death, in fact, hitting a green in the wrong place can be just as penalizing as missing the green flat out.

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