She spends winters and summers there in the 4,062-square-foot solar-powered house that she designed using local materials. It has floor-to-ceiling windows with mountain, volcano and steppe views. She doesn't play golf, but the course is her favorite walk, taking advantage of the 1,500-acre private reserve, which remains untouched by construction and, according to executives, can only be reached on foot, bicycle or horseback.
Ms. Sujoy spends most days in her garden where, under the counsel of landscape architect Karina Querejeta, she had hundreds of non-native ponderosa pines removed and about 300 native trees. Ms. Querejeta, who has lived in the region her entire life, has clients with homes in El Desafío and Chapelco Golf, and often favors rugged gardens that can withstand the stress of wind, sun and snow.
"We need strong plants: tough, rustic and resistant, but with color," she said. "Perfect for Patagonia."
In a recent telephone interview from his home in Buenos Aires, said Mr. Bauer, who, like other Argentines, has been banned from travel by the government due to the coronavirus pandemic. "Absolutely desperate" to get back to El Desafío and, more specifically, the fifth hole tucked away in the mountain. His house is located directly above the green, an ideal place to work during the pandemic.
"At the moment this travel ban is lifted, I'll get in my car and drive to Patagonia," he said.