The sport of golf in Brazil is developing slowly. The number of golf courses is increasing regularly. There are currently a little more than 100 courses, around 60 of which are 18-hole courses and the rest are 9-hole courses. Compared to other countries, this number is still small, but the country often has great distances from one city to another. Golf tourism is not yet very developed either. Many of the golf courses are of international standard and can keep up with other golf courses in South America in terms of quality.
Well-known Golf Course architects
Most courses are built by well-known golf course architects such as Robert Trent Jones, Pete Dye, and Dave Thomas. But golf is still a very elitist sport in Brazil. New golf clubs and courses are mostly built-in private residences.
Golf Players in Brazil
Estimates of the number of golfers in Brazil vary between 15,000 and a maximum of 30,000. As many players are not registered with the regional associations, there are no more precise numbers. Also, a lot of Brazilians play with their friends on their own private golf courses. Most golf clubs do not require a membership card or handicap confirmation. The motto is more “who pays, can play”.