Played this course this past November in an IAGTO Fam Trip with other 15 TTOOs from the rest of the world. The trip was very well organized and we were able to also play Gavea, the Olympic Course and Terravista GC in Trancoso. It was the first day of the trip in a rainy morning when we experienced Itahangá.
Course despite some diferences has many similarities to courses at La Costa del Sol like Rio Real, same type of trees and design although this one is pretty much flat.
The firt thing to say is the course was in amazing shape, fairways tees rough bunkers are extremely well kept. Unfortunately greens were coming out of aeration so they were not perfect but can't complain about it.
It has tricky holes, tough tee shots, some hard dog legs and other short holes where you can attack to get some birdies.
1st is a tricky 290yds par 4 where it is possible to go for it but holding the ball on the sloped green is not easy, with water hazard all along the left side and at the back of the green. Driver is not the best call for this opener.
2nd is a long par 4 where tee shot demands a draw before a 200yds approach shot. Second shot at reachable par 5 3rd hole is demanding, with hazard on the left and bunkers on the right.
When you watch the scorecard and see a 480ds par 5 like 5th you dream of an easy birdie but this island green will not come with the little bird if you not hit the fairway before a tight second shot where if not in perfect position laying up is the correct choice. Par 5 11th is another of the good ones with a false front which makes it precise if you want to go for it. 12th might be one of the best holes, a dog leg left with a water hazard crossing the fairways 50yds before the green, the only bad thing is that you can't see it from the fairway and if you ar enot told it can be a ver bad surprise.
15-16 are back to back long par 5, specially 16th where almost every golfer will need 3 shots to get home. 18th is one of the best par 4s I have played in Brazil, water on both sides and a long demanding hole.
All in one the course is worth to play, nothing too special but good indeeed. And when you are in the Cuidade Maravilhosa to have a couple of very good golf courses to enjoy it will always be a reason to travel anytime of the year.
Very functional Club House, food was very good, treat yourself with the salmon and cheese sandwich at the Halfway House.
Date: November 29, 2017