Augustin Edwards, Edgard von Schroeders
Located in an upscale part of Santiago, the Leones is a refined private club that caters to a golfer's every need. The fashionable clubhouse has an enormous balcony that features a view out over the course and toward the towering Andes range beyond. First-class amenities here include masseurs in the locker rooms and a sauna, and the golfing experience is further complemented by a gym, tennis and squash courts and a swimming pool. The course itself is framed by the Andes and is set with mature trees of various species. Although it is not particularly tricky, the course still tests all of the player's skills in order to work through the well-differentiated holes. The best of these holes is par 4 15th, which proceeds from a tee shot beneath Cerro San Luis onto a gorgeous fairway that resembles an arboretum and finally to a nicely protected green.