Playing Golf in Brazil

Golf Courses to play in Brazil
The number of golf courses in Brazil is rapidly increasing. Right now Brazil has about 100 golf courses. Compared with other countries this number is still small, but 10 years ago there have been less than the half. Some of them have a great international standard.

Well-known Golf Course architects

The 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

The number of Golf Players in Brazil hovering around from 15,000 to about 30,000. Exact numbers do not exist, because many players are not registered with the association. Especially in the most of the golf clubs, they are not asking for a club card. "Who pays can play golf".
Places to play golf in Brazil
Some of the places in Brazil where you can play golf are quite unique with an astounding nature.

Where can you find the most golf courses?

The state Sao Paulo has more golf courses and players than the rest of Brazil put together and so Sao Paulo is the main reference for playing golf in Brazil. In the city of Sao Paulo, the first course was built in the 19th century - the Sao Paulo Golf Club, the first tournament of the "Champion Cup" won J.M. Stuart in 1903.
Rio de Janeiro is certainly the first address for international golf players. Since there are three championship courses in the immediate vicinity since the Olympic games of 2016. The Olympic golf course in Barra da Tijuca is becoming an insider's tip, as the natural limits planted to grow over the years. Rio de Janeiro has several top greens not far from its southern beaches and just some minutes away from Copacabana or Ipanema. About an hours drive from Rio you can find courses in Buzios. In the opposite direction, in Angra dos Reis there is a luxury resort with great greens and connected to a top local hotel.
At Manaus, you can play in the middle of the Amazon basin.
The phenomenal Iguazu Waterfalls, the local Iguassu Golf Wish Resort has excellent greens.
Much more in the south of Brazil, there are the Florianopolis greens. Especially it is known as a top international place for sea sports. But Florianopolis is also famous for its excellent golf courses. In Bahia, a northeastern state of Brazil, well known for its long coast with hundreds of beaches, there are also a number of good courses.

How does this Golf Courses Directory works?

For easier understanding of this courses directory a few facts for you:
In Brazil, the access to the golf courses is very different and sometimes very restrictive. If you do not know the rules and do not speak Portuguese, you usually will not get further than to the gatekeeper. But also a lot of excellent golf courses are almost unknown and only insiders and golf club members know the exact address. Locals are mostly not interested in playing golf and international guests are still relatively few.

Search with magnifying glass or with the map of all brazilian Golf Courses

On every page you can use the search with the magnifying glass at the top for a detailed golf course search.
Or search with the outline map we have divided all Brazilian golf courses in 9 holes and 18 holes, as well as in 3 evaluation criteria. Only 3 golf clubs (Boa Vista, Itanhang?, and PL Aruj?) have more than 18 holes. Those we have mentioned in the extras of the individual clubs. The other three criteria are about the access to play golf on the courses. If you need an invitation or a member of a valid handicap.

Facts about Brazil

Brazil is the world's fifth largest country in terms of area and population. Behind Russia, Canada, China and the United States, and with over 200 million inhabitants the most populated in South America. But Brazil is the only country in South America where Portuguese is spoken and not Spanish. If you only speak English, the communication in Brazil is difficult.
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