Its name is self-explanatory: those who venture onto the fairways of VistaVerde Golf Club find themselves completely surrounded by nature. The course is set within a 173 acre area amongst valleys and hills passing through native forests in Araçariguama, a city in São Paulo State, only 20 minutes from the capital . American architect Dan Blankenship managed to combine in a single project a layout which is enjoyable to amateurs and quite challenging for professional golfers at the same time, for the 7021 yards they meet with are filled with obstacles. There are four different tee boxes, each suited to the varying skills of visiting golfers. The greens at VistaVerde are of Bermuda Tifeagle grass, allowing cut of three millimeters resulting in fast greens which require precision putting. Blankenship managed to create holes that demand from the golfer not only precise shots, but also good decisions and strategies for the play.VistaVerde represents the new trend for Brazilian golf courses – open to any golfer who is willing to pay a green fee in order to play the game. Less than two years after its opening, it has already become a mandatory stop for the executive golfers of São Paulo.