Golf in Chile dates from the second half of the 19th century, when a group of expat Englishmen founded the Playa Ancha Golf Club, in Valparaiso, and shortly thereafter the Granadilla Golf Club, in nearby Viña del Mar.

Clubs soon sprung up all around the country, from the elegant Club los Leones and Prince of Wales Country Club, both in Santiago, to the Magallanes Country Club in Punta Arenas, the southernmost golf course in the world. All told, there are some 58 courses in Chile, all of them private; in order to play at most of these courses, you must be a registered guest at one of the several hotels which offer golf to their customers. Greens fees usually total about US$70 for 18 holes.