Peru: Golf

Mountainous terrain, vast coastal deserts and steamy, tropical rainforests

Perhaps surprisingly, Peru is a golfer's paradise even though there are no public golf courses. Hence if you are a visitor you must get a member to invite you, but this is nearly always possible especially in the smaller towns. If you are fortunate enough to be a guest at one of Peru's golf clubs, you very seldom have to request a tee time and can usually go off immediately. In Lima, it hardly ever rains and the weather is always perfect for golf with no wind.

The capital city and its surrounding area has several clubs including Lima Golf Club, Los Inkas, La Planicie Country Club, and Club Villa on the Pacific ocean. Elsewhere in Peru, you will find golf courses that are interesting, intriguing and challenging. The highest 18 hole golf course in the world is in Peru, situated in La Oroya, at 12,375 feet (3,750 metres), in the central Andes and it is open to the public. With the thin air at this altitude, you would be able to exceed Tiger Woods' best drives! In January, a new 9 hole course was inaugurated in the heart of the Amazon outside of the port city of Iquitos.

It is also open to the public, and boasts young, attractive female caddies. Near the southern coast, the mega copper mine of Toquepala, has a unique 9 hole course. This one has no grass, since it lies in the barren hills near the copper ore deposits. You can even even play at night using luminous balls that bounce off the hills.