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The Samba of Golf

Sao Paulo

WHERE TO PLAY

Many of the best courses in Sao Paulo are private and require a member to play. However, tour operators may be able to finagle a tee time or two. Fortunately there are also some solid public courses.

Guaruja Golf Club (public). Nine holes located an hour away from the city on the coast. Guaruja Golf Clube, Avenida das Americas 545, Praia de Pernambuco, Guaruja; 011-55/13-3353-1090, guarujagolfclube.com.br. Greens fees: $32–$70.

Quinta da Baroneza Golf Club (private). A Blankenship design in a wealthy suburb; absolutely top drawer. Rodovia Alkindar Monteiro Junqueira, km 33.5; 011-55/11-4487-8544, quintadabaroneza.com.br. Greens fees: $93–$140.

Sao Fernando Golf Club (private). An hour outside the city, Sao Fernando has smooth, undulating terrain. Estrada Fernando Nobre, 4000 Vila de Sao Fernando Cotia; 011-55/11-4612-2544, saofernando.com.br. Greens fees: $112–$180.

Sao Paulo Golf Club (private). First established by British expats in 1901, Sao Paulo Golf Club is one of the oldest courses in the country. It features trees that are more than a century old. Praca Dom Francisco de Souza, 540 Santo Amaro; 011-55/11-5521-9255, spgc.com.br. Greens fees: $140–$187.

Terras de Sao Jose Golf Club (semiprivate). Eighteen holes forty-five minutes from the city. Alameda Sao Jose Golf, Terras de Sao Jose; 011-55/4024-1109, tsjgolfeclube.com.br. Greens fees: $50–$100.

WHERE TO STAY

Casa Grande Hotel Resort & Spa (if you go to Guaruja). A Leading Hotels of the World facility on a palm-tree studded beach. 011-55/13-3389-4000, casagrande.com.br. Rooms from $247.

Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo Located in the heart of Sao Paulo's financial district, appealing to business travelers. Avenida das Nacoes Unidas 13.301; 011-55/11-6838-1234; saopaulo.grand.hyatt.com. Rooms from $240.

WHERE TO EAT

Kinu at the Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo (Japanese) Delicious cuisine and a wide selection of premium sake. Avenida das Nacoes Unidas 13.301; 011-55/11-6838-1234. $$$

Braz (Italian) Known as the best pizza in Sao Paulo; wash it down with a home-brewed beer. Rua Grauna 125; 011-55/61-0905. $

Famiglia Mancini (Italian) Overflowing buffets with all the antipasti offerings. Rua Avanhandava 81; 011-55/3256-4320. $$

TOUR OPERATORS PLUS

Reliable tour operators can be found at brazilgolfevents.com, 011-55/11-3068-7912. Other helpful web sites:

golf-travelguide.com

golfinbrazil.com.br

cidadedesaopaulo.com

riodejaneiro-turismo.com.br

emtursa.ba.gov.br

SAMBA

It's everywhere, of course, but good clubs to seek out are the Rio Scenarium and Carioca da Gema in Rio, Teatro Castro Alves and Beco de Gal in Salvador, and Morena do Brasil and Sargentelli in Sao Paulo.

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