Aberto do Brasil

São Paulo Golf Club is the oldest club in Brazil, formed in 1901, so the game has been played in an organized format for well over a century in this country. The national Amateur championship was inaugurated in 1929, with the first edition played at Gávea in Rio de Janeiro. The early years of hosting this event then alternated between Gávea and São Paulo (apart from 1933 when it was played on the 9-hole course at Santos São Vicente).

Aberto do Brasil Championship Trophy

The first Aberto do Brasil (Brazil Open) was also played at Gávea Golf & Country Club in 1945, with Argentinian Martin Pose winning the championship. Pose had already won both the Argentine Open and Argentine PGA twice in previous years so he was well accustomed to holding off the opposition when it came to securing important national golf competitions.

Another Argentine golfer, Roberto de Vicenzo, finished two shots adrift in the runner-up slot, a position he would learn to life with only too well, finishing second in four of the next five editions between 1946 and 1951. He did, however, go on to lift the trophy six times between 1954 and 1973 so the Open eventually turned out to be a happy hunting ground for him.

The man who prevented him dominating during the early years of the Brazilian Open was Mário Gonzalez (commonly known as “the father of Brazilian golf”) who won seven of the nine championships staged between 1946 and 1955 – and he claimed another at Porto Alegre in 1969 at the age of 46. Mário’s first two victories were as an amateur and he also won his national Amateur title nine times between 1939 and 1949.

A few big-name American players made their mark on the tournament in the 1950s – Sam Snead won by a recor...

Aberto do Brasil host courses

Alphaville Graciosa

9th 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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Curitibano

17th Brazil Ranking

The tree-lined 18-hole golf course of the mega Clube Curitibano measures a little more than 6,600 yards from the tips and there’s plenty of water to negotiate here in the shape of multiple lakes and even a dam.

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Damha

13th Brazil Ranking

Laid out in two returning nine hole circuits, Damha Golf Club features a thrilling par three on the front nine that plays to an island green surrounded by water...

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Fazenda Boa Vista (Palmer)

7th 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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Gávea

5th Brazil Ranking

Gávea is widely regarded as Rio de Janeiro’s most prestigious golf club. It dates back to 1921 and the course occupies a delightful setting to the south of Rio, adjacent to the Tijuca National Forest.

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Guarapiranga

14th Brazil Ranking

Situated near São Paulo, within the Parco do Terceiro Lago, Guarapiranga Golf & Country Club was formed in the 1960s. The short par three 16th is regarded as the signature hole on the card.

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Itanhangá

16th Brazil Ranking

Itanhangá Golf Club sits in a beautiful valley where the tight, tree-lined fairways have been intuitively routed around ponds and streams to make maximum use of a relatively small tract of land.

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Porto Alegre

12th Brazil Ranking

At 6,100 yards, "The Country," as Porto Alegre is named locally, is not the longest of golf courses and its wide, tree-lined fairways are laid out over lush, gently undulating parkland terrain...

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São Fernando

8th Brazil Ranking

São 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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Aberto do Brasil Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Klaus Kaiser Courses Played 10
2 Mauricio Costenaro Sato Courses Played 7
= Alexandre Courses Played 7
4 Fernanda Roccon Rocha Courses Played 6
5 David Davis Courses Played 5
6 Brian Ward Courses Played 4
= Jim McCann Courses Played 4
= Alex Frolish Courses Played 4
9 Javier Pintos Courses Played 3
= Joseph Andriole Courses Played 3