There are around 100 clubs registered with the Brazilian Golf Federation, and 40 of them are located in the country’s wealthiest state, São Paulo. Another 10 of the clubs are registered with the Rio de Janeiro Federation. The Brazilian Golf Federation (Confederação Brasileira de Golfe – CBG) website has information on golf clubs and driving ranges throughout the country.
Brazilian Golf Federationa (Confederação Brasileira de Golfe)
At: Rua Paes de Araújo 29, conj. 42, 04531-090 São Paulo
Tel: (11) 3168 4366
Golf rules in Brazil are the standard R&A rules although each club may have local rules depending on the course conditions.
Brazil follows the handicap system established by the United States Golf Association (USGA) but clubs do not require a player have a handicap in order to play. Note that not all clubs have a course rating yet.
In Brazil, golf is a year-round sport. Although there is an official season which generally runs from February or March (depending upon Carnival) until November, this may vary from club to club.
All clubs in Brazil are open to visitors although at many clubs it may be necessary to be signed in by a member. Inquire when booking.
There are no membership fees to be paid for a one-off round of golf, just a course fee. Prices vary depending on the day of the week and the club itself and its facilities. This fee usually provides full access to the club’s facilities which always includes a changing room (often with a sauna), a restaurant and bar, and may include a swimming pool and gym.
Although insurance and a a medical certificate are not required to play, a medical certificate may be required to use the swimming pool. Depending upon the time of the day and day of the week, this may be arranged with the club doctor during the visit.
Most golf clubs prohibit shorts or jeans.
All clubs will be able to suggest qualified instructors who can provide golf lessons. All clubs have both caddies and golf carts available for hire, and these can be arranged either upon arrival or in advance.
For those who do not have their own set of clubs, most clubs can rent them to visitors and the driving ranges all have equipment for hire. There are a growing number of golf equipment stores in Brazil’s major cities, though most clubs have pro shops on their grounds selling a range of golfing equipment and accessories.