Brazil

Brazil is South America’s largest and most populous country and is the only Portuguese-speaking nation in the Americas. From a landscape perspective, Brazil has it all, tropical beaches, the Amazon River, rainforests and five different climates. Beautiful Brazil is a country of excitement from the sensual samba to football.

Soccer is the No.1 sport in Brazil but there are great golf courses in and around virtually every major city and some of them are simply stunning. There are around 75 golf courses in Brazil and we now feature Brazil’s Top 20. We may recommend a few more in the not too distant future.

Terravista headed the national rankings in 2012 (it's now No.3) and Dan Blankenship, Brazil’s most prolific golf course architect, designed it, “Terravista has proven to be the most enjoyable project of my career. Working in an area with incredible ocean views from seaside cliffs, native Brazilian rain forest, contours almost ideal for a golf course, and knowing that Brazil was discovered at this exact location 500 years ago, was a wonderful experience.”

Golf's return to the Olympics was announced in 2009 and the seaside city of Rio de Janeiro was chosen to host Olympic golf for the first time since 1904. A brand new course was designed by Gil Hanse, the Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Course and it’s this layout that catapulted to No.2 in our latest Brazil Top 20.

Several years in the making, Tom Fazio’s Santapazienza is the national No.1 and it has the potential – if enough people can get to see it – to take the world by storm. According to the designer: “The land is spectacular, with water features, great trees and big elevation changes. We were given the freedom to explore ways to maximize the potential of the land and… I believe we have created a golf experience unlike any in the world.”

We last updated our Brazilian golf course rankings in May 2016, click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Brazil

Santapazienza

1st Brazil Ranking

Several years in the making, Tom and Logan Fazio designed the course at Santapazienza Golf Club (their first South American ensemble) and it’s laid out within an enormous, densely forested estate.

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Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Course

2nd Brazil Ranking

The Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games golf course is set out on rather flat terrain, where elevation changes never extend to more than thirty feet at most...

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Terravista

3rd Brazil Ranking

Designed by American architect Dan Blankenship, a former associate of Pete and Perry Dye, the Terravista golf course opened in 2004.

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Fazenda Boa Vista (Palmer)

4th Brazil Ranking

Through the use of time tested classic design principles, the Palmer golf course at Fazenda Boa Vista sits lightly on the land, blending seamlessly into the native tropical vegetation.

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Ilha de Comandatuba (Ocean)

5th Brazil Ranking

The 18 holes of the Ocean course at Ilha de Comandatuba are set out on a beautiful tropical peninsula that sits between the Canal de Comanatuba and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Sao Paulo

6th Brazil Ranking

British railway engineers formed the São Paulo Golf Club at the start of the 20th century but the course today is completely hemmed in by housing and industrial buildings on all sides...

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Sao Fernando

7th Brazil Ranking

Sao Fernando Golf Club was formed in 1958 and members played on a 9-hole course before an additional nine holes were added in 1969.

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Fazenda da Grama

8th Brazil Ranking

American architect, Brian Costello, laid out the course at Fazenda da Grama Golf & Country Club in 2006 within a residential estate that's situated an hour's drive from downtown São Paulo.

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Gavea

9th Brazil Ranking

Gávea is widely regarded as Rio de Janeiro’s most prestigious golf club. It dates back to 1926 and the course occupies a delightful setting to the south of Rio, adjacent to the Tijuca National Forest.

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Alphaville Graciosa

10th Brazil Ranking

The Alphaville Graciosa Clube layout is yet another from a burgeoning Blankenship portfolio and its 18 holes are set within a residential estate that lies just outside the Paraná state capital of Curitiba.

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