COURSE TOUR

HOLE 1

PAR 4 | HANDICAP 15

Good risk-reward hole to start your round at Rio Secco: if you can make it home then go for the green, but if not pull something less than driver and stay short of the deep bunker fronting the green. Start your round off with a birdie here.

BLUE 371
WHITE 346
GOLD 332
RED 293

HOLE 2

PAR 4 | HANDICAP 1

Rio Secco’s toughest and yet most scenic drive on the course. Commit to your line and fire away, but don’t bite off too much of this dogleg right. Start your approach at the left edge of the green, and use the left to right sloped green to feed the ball down to the hole.

BLUE 452
WHITE 432
GOLD 356
RED 265

HOLE 3

PAR 3 | HANDICAP 9

Take notice of the pin on this par-3, because for the best birdie chance you’ll want to be on the correct tier of this split-level green. The hill on the right will help funnel balls down towards the pin.

BLUE 185
WHITE 159
GOLD 152
RED 140

HOLE 4

PAR 4 | HANDICAP 13

Another risk-reward hole, but with high risk and little margin for error when going for the green off the tee. A safer tee ball with less than driver leaves just a wedge into a wide but shallow green. Play to the center of green, making sure to clear the deep greenside bunker, and an excellent birdie chance can be yours.

BLUE 325
WHITE 306
GOLD 275
RED 216

HOLE 5

PAR 4 | HANDICAP 3

Carefully placed tee shots just right of the large fairway bunker are rewarded with a clear shot to an uphill and narrow green. Stay left coming in as danger lurks right of this elevated green.

BLUE 405
WHITE 383
GOLD 355
RED 331

HOLE 6

PAR 3 | HANDICAP 11

The elevated tee on this par-3 places a premium on controlling your trajectory, and it plays shorter than the yardage so choose your club wisely. Avoid the deep greenside bunker.

BLUE 184
WHITE 168
GOLD 158
RED 148

HOLE 7

PAR 4 | HANDICAP 7

Rio Secco’s signature hole requires a straight tee ball and rewards with a wedge or short iron to a gently back-to-front sloped green. Approaches from the right side of the fairway offer the best angle to the pin.

BLUE 365
BLUE 344
GOLD 326
RED 265

HOLE 8

PAR 5 | HANDICAP 17

Less than driver will still get you home in two on this par-5. The ideal tee shot is to the edge of the split fairway and a receptive green greets both the run-up and all-carry approaches. Get a birdie here.

BLUE 506
WHITE 476
GOLD 440
RED 356

HOLE 9

PAR 5 | HANDICAP 5

Let it rip off the tee to a generous landing area, but only the biggest hitters will reach the dance floor in two on this long par 5. Amazingly, Tiger Woods had just 6-iron in for this second shot during his then course record-setting 64.

BLUE 589
WHITE 562
GOLD 516
RED 451

HOLE 10

PAR 4 | HANDICAP 14

Be careful how much you take off this dogleg left, as a fairway bunker left and deep depression beyond await the less than solidly struck tee shot. On approach, play to the left side of green and avoid the deep greenside bunker right.

BLUE 423
WHITE 403
GOLD 391
RED 349

HOLE 11

PAR 4 | HANDICAP 2

Hitting the fairway off the tee is crucial on this long par-4, leaving a long iron or fairway wood to an open green that slopes gently back-to-front. Escape with par here and move on.

BLUE 473
WHITE 447
GOLD 418
RED 341

HOLE 12

PAR 3 | HANDICAP 16

Control your distance on this short par-3, play to the center of the green for safety, and avoid the deep gorge fronting this left-to-right tilted green.

BLUE 172
WHITE 151
GOLD 133
RED 102

HOLE 13

PAR 4 | HANDICAP 18

Long hitters can try and reach the green off the tee but deep bunkers left and right await the offline shots. A layup off the tee leaves just a wedge into this large peninsula green that slopes back-to-front. Easiest scoring hole on the course, so get your birdie here!

BLUE 395
WHITE 372
GOLD 345
RED 328

HOLE 14

PAR 5 | HANDICAP 4

The landing area is wider than you may see standing on the tee, but strike it well as a demanding second shot awaits. Choose your layup yardage well and leave your favorite yardage coming in, as danger lurks long and left of this green.

BLUE 564
WHITE 533
GOLD 500
RED 467

HOLE 15

PAR 4 | HANDICAP 8

Hitting the fairway is the priority here, so take caution when cutting the corner on this gentle dogleg right. Coming into the green, avoid the deep greenside bunker right.

BLUE 388
WHITE 371
GOLD 347
RED 324

HOLE 16

PAR 3 | HANDICAP 12

Choose your club wisely on this challenging par-3. Water protects the green short, and a deep swale bisects the green left and right. Par is a good score here.

BLUE 199
WHITE 181
GOLD 166
RED 142

HOLE 17

PAR 5 | HANDICAP 10

Long hitters can get home in two on this demanding par-5, but everyone else must lay up short of the desert front and right of the green. A sizeable shelf splits this green left and right, so hit to the correct side for the best birdie chance.

BLUE 548
WHITE 518
GOLD 474
RED 422

HOLE 18

PAR 4 | HANDICAP 6

What a view! Now focus – this long par-4 demands a long straight drive, and excellent distance control and accuracy on the approach. Missing the green left makes for a more difficult up and down. Par or better here makes post-round drinks in Janelas Restaurant & Bar even better.

BLUE 448
WHITE 400
GOLD 370
RED 286