The idea of building a golf course came to life in 1997. Michael Rumpf-Gail, founding partner and president of the enterprise, had the conviction that a golf course would be a fundamental part of Terravista Brasil. When he chose the grounds where the golf course would be built, he had the dream of creating one of the best places to practice the sport in South America.
Seven years later the dream became reality. The golf course, occupying 70 hectares (distributed among planted grass, lakes and native vegetation), was designed by Dan Blankenship, the Gold Tee Golf International Architect from South Dakota State University. Blankenship is responsible for the creation and development of over 20 golf courses around the world.
The Terravista project started around November 2000 and was finished in May 2002. The construction lasted exactly 24 months, and was first open on May 27th of 2004. During the construction of the golf course there was a request from IPHAN (Institute of History Heritage and National Arts): They wanted an archaeological survey. They found a significant amount of traces of Aratu and Tupi Guarani civilizations. The location was exactly where the holes 14 and 15 are located today. The archaeological research done at the Terravista Complex, was the first excavation of a prehistoric site in southern Bahia. It took nearly two years to be accomplished and brought important information that provided an amazing source of information, which greatly helped the study of these civilizations (more on the archaeological research done in Terravista can be found at link).
The site has photos of some of the pieces that were found in the archaeological research done at Terravista.
The topography of the area used for the construction of the course was preserved as well as the vegetation of the surroundings, considered natural obstacles and attractions for the players. The course drainage system was also designed to help protect the cliffs, helping to contain the erosion process caused by deforestation in the past centuries. There are over 70 hectares of countryside area, including , grass , lakes and roughs,all within an area of 300 hectares.
This unique project was masterfully designed by it’s architect, offering players the chance to play in two completely different courses. The first round (holes 1-9) takes place in the Atlantic RainForest, with its amazing temperature and humidity. The second round (holes 10-18) is placed near the beach, with 4 holes by the sea, on top of the cliffs, where the wind may come into play, requiring more skill from the golfers.
The Terravista golf has a closed water reuse cycle: the effluents generated by tourism-building complex are treated in a proper station (ETE – Effluent Treatment Plant) and then used for irrigation of the golf course and the project’s landscaping. The course also has the most modern irrigation system in the country. A complete weather station was built with various sensors scattered around the area to capture information about the temperature, wind, rainfall, water absorption into the soil. Information used as parameter for an advanced control system that automatically triggers the 1,200 points irrigation system (sprinklers) controlling , when and for how long and where the water is needed. The course used more than 80 km of cables and underground pipelines to ensure the efficiency of the drainage and irrigation system, assuring an excellent quality of tees, fairways and greens.
The beauty of this region of Bahia, which holds one of the nicest stretches of beach in the whole Brazilian coast, including exuberant areas of untouched nature makes this an unique golf course The construction characteristics of the course and the fact it´s located on the famous Discovery Coast, where over 500 years ago the Portuguese discovered the country, gives the Terravista Golf Course an amazing historical and cultural value.