São Fernando - Brazil

São Fernando Golf Club,
Rodovia Raposo Tavares,
Vila de São Fernando,
São Paulo,

  • +55 11 4612 2741

  • Marcelo Conde

  • Unknown

  • Jaime Gonzalez

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. Located around a 40-minute drive from the city centre of São Paulo, the course here offers a stern examination of golfing credentials in perfect parkland surroundings.

The delights of this beautiful parkland course were first made known to a wider television audience via the “Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf” series of challenge matches when Lee Elder, George Knudson and George Archer competed against each other in 1970.

Acknowledged as one of the best (and toughest) tracks in the country, São Fernando sets out its stall immediately with five lengthy par four holes at the beginning of the round.

The back nine is demanding too as there’s water on many holes, including the lovely (but long) 14th and the 633-yard par five 17th.

Clubhouses rarely feature in course appraisals but São Fernando’s extravagant changing rooms, complete with home theatre, massage parlour and sink-in sofas are definitely worth a mention if pampering before and after a round is part of your golf game.

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Description: 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. Rating: 6 out of 10 Reviews: 1
Built in a valley with a big variety of terrain São Fernando offers players a wide range of challenges that make this course one of the best in the country. Over the last few years lakes have been widened allowing the course to sustain its impeccable turf conditions, even in the summer season when rain is a big factor. Newcomers should be aware that the routing starts with a bang with the second and third holes among the hardest on the course. Maybe on the fourth tee you will be feeling that you probably should have spent another ten minutes at the range but relax because you will be able to catch your breath on the next four holes. My favorite part of the course would be the second nine where a mix of water and rolling greens will reward the players with better ball control but will not severely penalize the rest of us mortals. Ending with a drivable par 4 is not common but I think it makes sense to give an easy way out after a challenging day at this great golf course. São Fernando is not very long but don´t let this 6548 yards par 71 fool you, it is going to be a challenge to score here but the course layout is both fair and hard and fair is what I love about this course.
December 18, 2015
6 / 10
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