Review for Fazenda da Grama

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Built in 2006 by Brian Costello this is one of the best golf communities in the country. As such, the golf course is the center of the action with a nice clubhouse set at the highest point of the property offering stunning views of almost all the golf course.

With a great practice facility, chipping area and a PGA golf professional one can notice that members take golf very seriously and offer a great experience for the few that are able to play this course.

Everything starts with an easy downhill par 5 that allows even average length hitters to go for the green in two. It’s important not to lose shots at this early stage because things get a little complicated around 7 and 8.

There are some good holes on the front nine but my favorite is number 7 a strong dogleg right par four with a huge lake to your right where golfers can literally choose how much water they want to carry. You have lines from 200 yards to the 300-yard direct shot at the green. What makes things even more interesting is that you have bunkers on the left side of the fairway so you will need to be precise with the line otherwise you may cross the fairway and face a long bunker shot to a green surrounded by water.

Number 8 is a medium length par 3 with the lake on your right and a two-tier putting green where the front portion sits 5 feet higher than the back making an uphill putt a gruelling task.

The back nine starts with three easy holes leading to the very long par 5 number 13. At 589 yards this hole requires a long and straight driver with a solid 3 wood over two large cross bunkers in order to have a clear approach shot to an undulating green. As you can imagine this is the hardest hole on the course.

There is something different about 15, the hole is a medium length par four built on an upslope that plays harder than it looks, especially for those that don’t like a blind approach shot to a well-guarded green. This is a great hole that will test your shot making capabilities and offer distinct possibilities to attack the green.

The round ends with a glorious par five where the architect left a native area that one needs to avoid from the tee but will need to carry with the second shot. The green is on the top of a hill with a creek running from right to left some 20 feet below the putting surface. You should be careful with the false front and precise with your approach shot because this is a very undulated green.

From the balcony of the clubhouse you can relax, enjoy the view and follow the remaining golfers tackle the last green in an effort not to end their round with a 3 putt!

Date: June 12, 2017

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