El Desafio Mountain Resort Patagonia, ArgentinaEl Desafío Mountain Resort is a unique luxury development encompassing an entire mountain of 1,050 hectares (2,500 acres) in the Province of Neuquen, Argentine Patagonia. Master-planned to guarantee the preservation of the environment, local culture and identity, the Resort has set aside a full 600 hectares as a nature reserve. In addition to the Greg Norman Signature golf course, this exclusive mountain resort will feature two professional polo fields, horse jumping and equestrian facilities, low-density residential lots, a luxury hotel and mountain spa, and allow for activities such as trekking, horse riding and mountain biking in a pristine environment affording amazing views of the Andes mountains. El Desafio will provide homeowners and guests privileged access to world-class skiing, rafting and fly-fishing, among other activities.“Argentina generally, and Patagonia in particular, are already well-respected as unique destinations for sports and eco-tourism. We are proud to help consolidate Patagonia’s offerings by bringing the talent of Greg Norman to design a world-class signature course in El Desafio Mountain Resort, Argentine Patagonia,” said Thomas O. Hicks, Chairman and CEO of Hicks Holdings and of Hicks Trans American Partners the developers.“We are delighted to work with Greg Norman Golf Course Signature Design to build a magnificent mountain golf course in an area of unique beauty, remote yet easy to access,” said Roberto Huste, President of Terra Patagonia. “Working with firms such as Hicks Trans American Partners and Greg Norman Golf Course Design, we aim to create the top resort in Patagonia.”“I have always been intrigued by the natural beauty of the Patagonia region and consider it an honor to have my first course in Argentina showcased on this magnificent piece of property,” said Mr. Norman.“Of the all the mountain projects I have worked on, El Desafio has the most to offer. The views are absolutely stunning, and the topography will allow us to route the golf course amongst some of the most scenic terrain in the world,” Mr. Norman added.In El Desafío outdoor activities such as fly fishing, mountain trekking, and all the lifestyle of the Patagonian countryside are added. In this case, the value of the lots that average 2500 m2 are sold between USD 35 and USD 100 / m2. In addition, block three of the Vista al Polo project has units of between 60 and 140 m2 in which the m2 is priced at USD 2200 – values that include membership.“The international majority partner sees in Argentina an opportunity for good business due to prices that today represent a fraction of what is invested in similar developments in the countries of the North, and even other countries of the Latin American region”, highlights Roberto Huste , president of El Desafío. San Martin de los Andes is a top destination worldwide favoured by rich Argentines and North Americans.
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