Golf aficionados will travel around the world to play their favorite game in new, sometimes exotci, locations. At first it may seem unusual, but it makes sense because of the nature of the game. Each golf course is designed according to its location. For example, a golf course in California isn’t going to be identical to a golf course in Ireland. There are different hills, trees, and bodies of water that need to be considered before you design a golf course, not to mention external factors like wind patterns and rain averages. Thus, golf tourism is a booming industry. .
A Growing Industry
Brazil has a great golf tourism industry, reflected by the fact that there is even a bureau for golf tourism within Brazil’s own Department of Tourism which promotes the country as a premier golf destination. Brazil even has a chapter of the International Association of Golf Tour Operators, which only has eight chapters worldwide. Around the country, golf is growing in popularity. The PGA Tour is now being broadcast to Brazil. There are 30 golf courses in development. Industry magazine Golf Digest has just begun being translated into Portuguese. Donald Trump has even dipped his toes into Brazil as a golf destination. He and designer Jack Nicklaus have backed the construction of a ritzy golf course as well.
Even though the great majority of golf courses in the country are private, there are more and more public courses being constructed in order to promote the game among all citizens as well. Brazil is a huge country, so here is a brief overview of some of the country’s best public courses:
Rio de Janeiro
This is one of the city’s most well-known public courses. The course is six holes and is actually located inside a condominium complex. Players will pay R$60 on weekdays and R$75 on weekends. It’s open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the course is equipped with floodlights to accommodate after-sunset players.
Buzios Golf Club
This is a public, 18-hole course designed by Pete and Perry Dye of Dye Designs in Colorado. It’s just about ten minutes away from the center of Buzios, a resort community located in Rio de Janeiro. The course was designed to enhance the natural layout of the land, and features lakes, gentle hills, valleys, and bunkers. Green fees run up to R$165 for a full day of unlimited golf.
Sao Francisco Golf Club
A great public course, Sao Francisco Golf Club is located in the western suburb of Osasco. it is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and features a 9-hole, par-71 course. Weekday rates will cost you R$125, while weekend rates cost R$265, a huge R$140 difference.
Deville Salvador Hotel Golf Course
Because this 18-hole course is located at a hotel, guests are given first priority. If you aren’t staying in the hotel, you should plan on calling a few days in advance to reserve your spot just to be safe. Nine holes will cost R$92 while the full 18 holes will cost R$145.
Emily Kaltman writes for Estancia Churrascaria in Austin, Texas. She enjoys writing abotu South America and spending her Sundays watching the PGA Tour on television.