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Rio 2016 Olympics: The Golf Course Is Ready

Designed by American golf course architect Gil Hanse, the 970,000m facility is set to play host to many of the world’s top players next summer. And after the Games it will be used to help increase public participation in the sport in Brazil.

Built entirely with private funding, the 18-hole Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Course, which includes facilities for 15,000 spectators, was unveiled by the city government at a ceremony in Barra da Tijuca, not far from the main Olympic Park. The challenging course includes two artificial lakes, and a host of other features and obstacles that promise to bring the best out of the world’s top golfers as they battle for Olympic gold next August.

Matt Ginella gives an update on the Gil Hanse designed golf course for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.
Matt Ginella gives an update on the Gil Hanse designed golf course for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.

In the lead up to the Games, the grass will be trimmed three or four times per day and watered every 48 hours to ensure it is maintained to the highest standards. The CBG will be responsible for the course up to May 2016, when it will be handed over to the Rio 2016 Organising Committee to make the final preparations for the Olympic tournament, which will take place on11-20 August.

After the Games, the course will be jointly administered by the CBG and Rio’s city government, and will be redeployed as a public facility for a minimum of 20 years. The aim is to use the course to help promote golf in Brazil at all levels. As well as access for social projects, the course will provide a space for top-level players and other golf-related professionals to work and train, a top-level competition venue and an attraction for golf-related tourism.