Below is a photo tour of the TPC Cartagena at Karibana in Colombia. This is the TPC Network’s first South American venture and crafted by Nicklaus Design. I have also included some aerial photographs – courtesy of the TPC Cartagena at Karibana.
The course is built on former flat swamp and forested plains adjoining the Caribbean. There is essentially little movement to the natural landform with Nicklaus Design cutting to create lakes and taking the fill to fashion mounding. There are essentially few elevation changes except for a few putting surfaces nor is the layout littered with bunkers so the course may lack as much photographical interest. There is, however, plenty to interest and keep the golfer’s attention. The design thoughtfully wanted resort or average golfers to get around without too many penal shots or forced carries… and also be able to host championship golf. That said, the course and particularly the back nine is very interesting and memorable. A Caribbean/South American golf course that deserves “bucket list” attention.
Wide fairways are presented off every tee though bunkering may cause longer or more aggressive hitters to ponder. When the Caribbean breezes pick up, those generous hitting areas allow the course to still be playable. Thus the TPC Cartagena succeeds in flexibility. Yardage ranges from 5,486 to 7,074 on it par-72 frame and the layout has hosted both Colombian Opens and Web.com events.
Conditioning is very good and you will find all modern golf services including GPS on the riding carts, a beverage cart, late model rental sets, and a most comfortable and spacious modern clubhouse. This is a private course available to guests of the adjoining Conrad Cartagena. Group play may be accommodated with advanced notice.