“A Gold Metal for Golf Course Architecture”

July 15, 2016


In the June 13 issue of Golfweek, Bradley S. Klein described the Olympics golf course in Rio de Janeiro as featuring a “dazzling array of windswept, half-par holes and risk/reward alternatives.” The par-71 course was designed by Gil Hanse and Amy Alcott. The 242-acre site is located practically next to the Atlantic Ocean and within a half-hour drive of Rio, and it is flanked by saltwater marshes and lagoons. Also included in his two-page article, Klein outlined the specifications for several holes and presented an overall assessment of the course, concluding, “If there were a golf medal for course architecture, Hanse would win it in a runaway.”

The 2016 Olympics golf course is 88% grassed with Zeon Zoysia on the fairways and roughs.


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