São Paulo city serves as Brazil's Boom Town, commercially, financially, industrially and culturally. An explosion of sophisticated travelers descending on the city’s extraordinary restaurants, art galleries, bars and cultural centers has ensured the sprawling city remains a must-stop for urban-addicted sophisticates. This fertile cultural life is supported by Brazil’s biggest and best-educated middle class and further enriched by literally hundreds of distinct ethnic groups – including the largest community of people of Japanese descent outside Japan and the largest population of Italian descendants outside Italy. São Paulo also offers great golf opportunities, as it has multiple world-class golf courses.
Golf in São Paulo / TOP GOLF COURSES
The São Paulo Golf Club has in its glorious past, the solid bases for an active present, with great representatives of the sport. Thus was born the São Paulo Country Club, consolidated with the construction of a new field. A pleasant place, close to Avenida Paulista, where the houses of the coffee barons began to proliferate, this golf course became known and visited by numerous families. As it was located in the highest part, the place became known as "Morro dos Ingleses", whose name remains today.J. M. Stuart was the winner of the first tournament played in 1903, "Champion Cup". His name is engraved on the trophy disputed then and until today kept at the headquarters, constituting the complete document of the club's existence, already at the beginning of the century. Another trophy that tells the story is the Clark Cup, the most traditional game played by the club since 1908.
Regarded as one of the best golf courses in Brazil because of its impeccable maintenance and the technical requirements of its design, São Fernando Golf Club has been the venue for some of the most competitive tournaments in Brazil. From the tee box, it is possible to have a complete view of the fairways and the greens in almost all the holes. From the tee box of the 10th hole, for instance, the back nine can be visualized almost completely.The design of the course is well diversified: there are right dog legs, left dog legs, short and long holes. The only certainty is the ten lakes that compound the course, since they have the mysterious power of attracting wandering golf balls. On the 14th hole, for example, there are two lakes running on both sides of the fairway.
Its name is self-explanatory: those who venture onto the fairways of VistaVerde Golf Club find themselves completely surrounded by nature. The course is set within a 173 acre area amongst valleys and hills passing through native forests in Araçariguama, a city in São Paulo State, only 20 minutes from the capital . American architect Dan Blankenship managed to combine in a single project a layout which is enjoyable to amateurs and quite challenging for professional golfers at the same time, for the 7021 yards they meet with are filled with obstacles. There are four different tee boxes, each suited to the varying skills of visiting golfers. The greens at VistaVerde are of Bermuda Tifeagle grass, allowing cut of three millimeters resulting in fast greens which require precision putting. Blankenship managed to create holes that demand from the golfer not only precise shots, but also good decisions and strategies for the play.VistaVerde represents the new trend for Brazilian golf courses – open to any golfer who is willing to pay a green fee in order to play the game. Less than two years after its opening, it has already become a mandatory stop for the executive golfers of São Paulo.