Saturday, March 16, 2013

Rio 2016 unveils Olympic golf course design

It's been over 112 years since a flag-wearing duffer whacked a dimpled ball into the rough during the Olympics but come 2016, the best golfers in the world will be competing for a gold medal once again.

This week, the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee offered a sneak peak at the design for the new 18-hole golf course that will host the world's best players in Brazil in three years.

The course, presented by US-based Hanse Golf Course Design, will be built at Reserva de Marapendi in Barra da Tijuca — a district that will be home to the most Olympic venues.

The final design was selected from eight finalists and was cited for its characteristics including dune formation and natural contours of the land.

"As it marks the return of golf to the Olympic Games after over a century of absence, this course represents the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the sport,"  President of Rio 2016 Carlos Arthur Nuzman told the official website, "It will enable Rio to host important events in the international calender and it will be an example of sustainability and preservation of an environmentally protected area.

Hanse teamed up with World Golf Hall of Fame member Amy Alcott for the project.

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