4 Where is it?

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PETROPOLIS GOLF CLUB 37 miles north of Rio.

Petropolis was named af­ter the pop­u­lar Em­peror Pe­dro II, nick­named“The Mag­nan­i­mous,”who used it as a sum­mer haven dur­ing a reign that lasted from 1831 un­til 1889, when the monar­chy was abol­ished. No golf in his day, but 20th-cen­tury en­thu­si­asts were quick to ap­pre­ci­ate the ben­e­fits of play­ing in cooler, drier air at 3,000 feet above sea level.

The Petropolis course, lo­cated in the lovely Nogueira Val­ley in the moun­tains over­look­ing Rio, opened on March 1, 1939; pic­tures in the club­house sug­gest it hasn’t changed much. Ex­pect a bit of a work­out, as the ter­rain is steep and must be tack­led twice to com­plete 18 holes. The course is very much a world of its own, con­fined by the sur­round­ing hills and dom­i­nated by the river that runs along the val­ley floor. The opener is an invit­ing down­hill drive, a bit of sweet­ener for hos­tile cam­ber and wa­tery per­ils ahead. Trop­i­cal flora grow­ing here in­cludes flame trees, sa­pu­caia (mean­ing“mon­key pot,” named af­ter its bowl-shaped fruit con­tain­ing ed­i­ble seeds) and pink ipe, Brazil’s na­tional flower.

Avenida Coun­try Club 6321, Nogueira, Petropolis; tel +55 (24) 2221 2534, petropolis­golf­clube.com

18 holes week­days R$120/$37, week­ends R$200/$60; cad­die R$50/$15 plus tip; cart R$100/$30; club rental R$70/$21 (ran­dom mixed sets; brands in­clude Call­away, Titleist and Ping). 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM daily.

Men 28, women 36. 18 holes (nine with two tee boxes on each), 6,268yds, par 70; driv­ing range, prac­tice area and putting green.

The club­house has a sim­ple restau­rant and bar. There is also an on-site ho­tel and a rid­ing cen­ter.

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