Gávea Golf and Country Club. With a stunning setting overlooking the ocean and framed by the towering Pedra da Gávea mountain, Gávea Golf and Country Club has an impeccably groomed course. It's members-only on weekends, but nonmembers can play during the week. Clubs are available to rent. Estrada da Gávea 800, São Conrado, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22610–000. 21/3322–4141; R$350 weekdays.

Golden Green Golf Club. This small but well-maintained golf course may only have six holes, but given the exclusivity and prices of the alternatives, this could be your best option for getting in a little play in Rio. Nonmembers are welcome every day, but it's a little out of town. There is the option to circle the course three times and play a full 18 holes. Av. Prefeito Dulcídio Cardoso 2901, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 22631–050. 21/2434–0696. R$120 weekdays, R$150 weekends.