Where is it?

Business Traveler (USA) - - WELL BEING -

12 miles south­west of Rio.

The grande dame of Rio golf, opened in 1926 by Scot­tish and English ex­pats, and re­designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and Stan­ley Thomp­son in the 1930s, re­tains the ex­clu­siv­ity that re­pelled Vargas. That’s no rea­son not to play it – its lo­ca­tion at the foot of the huge Pe­dra da Gavea moun­tain is spec­tac­u­lar, and it has the yes­ter­year charm of a course where strat­egy and skill are more im­por­tant than pure power. When city ex­pan­sion de­manded a new high­way, Gavea de­manded a tun­nel to ac­cess the four holes near­est to Sao Con­rado beach; not that you’d know it, be­cause a high wall keeps beach­combers out.

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