I have been fortunate to travel to Lima on two separate occasions. First to play the Lexus Peru Open in 2013 at the Los Inkas Golf Club. The course was laid out by Argentinian designer, Eugenio Dunezat in 1945. Set in the foothills of the Andes mountains in the very western part of the city with pre-Incas ruins running along four holes, it is a unique and historic layout. The course is short, measuring just 6,475 yards from the Championship tees. The course is designed on a small piece of land with narrow fairways, increasing the level of difficulty. The course is a fun design with numerous water features placed throughout to catch a stray drive or wayward approach.
Over the front nine, holes 3, 5, 6, and 8 all stand out, number 8 in particular. The 8th is a classic risk/reward par 5 at 504 yards. The tee shot must hug close to the tree line up the left to avoid running through the dogleg turning left. The narrow fairway, tree trouble left and encroaching water hazard between the tee shot and layup area on the left put an absolute premium on finding the fairway from the tee. The second shot is hit with a mid to long iron to a small green flanked in the front by two bunkers. From 50 yards and in, the right side of the green is guarded by a pond with no room to bailout. If you choose to attack this green in two shots, you had better be committed. Find the putting surface and you give yourself every opportunity to make an eagle!
On the back nine, water holes 11, 13, 15 and 18 were my favorite. It is a toss-up between holes 15 and 18 (pictured) as to which is my favorite. The 15th is the longest par 4 on the course and 18 the second longest measuring 456 and 433 yards respectively. Water plays a factor on both holes, the 15th from the tee and 18th on approach.
Given its length, the 15th requires thought from the tee. A fairway wood can be played to keep it short of the encroaching water up the left or a driver can challenge the water forcing the golfer into the narrower, risky playing corridor. Challenge this hole successfully with a driver and it becomes a very good birdie opportunity.
A slight draw for the right hander is ideal from the 18th tee. Overhanging tree limbs to the left make hugging the corner very difficult. The fairway is narrow with a long line of trees running the length of the right side, separating it from the 10th fairway. The green is well surrounded and offers little forgiveness for a poor approach. Bunkers short right and long rear offer strong support for the water hazard placed front left. The green slopes away on all sides and the runoff areas are cut short to fairway length helping miscued shots gain momentum away from the putting surface. A tremendous par 4 requiring thought and shot execution from start to finish.
As with many of the opportunities I have had to play golf in South America this is one I doubt I’ll see again. I am forever grateful for the opportunity PGA Tour Latin America offered. Another course for the memory bank I will cherish.