POSTED: March 7th 2012

Rio 2016 selects Hanse Golf Course design for Olympic venue blueprint

The destination of the proposed Rio 2016 golf course / Rio 2016
The destination of the proposed Rio 2016 golf course / Rio 2016

Gil Hanse / David Campli
Gil Hanse / David Campli

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: The American firm of Hanse Golf Course Design has been chosen to design the golf course for the Rio 2016 Games.

There were eight finalists in the race to create the Olympic venue: Gary Player Design, Greg Norman Golf Course Design, Hanse Golf Design, Hawtree Ltd., Nicklaus Design, Renaissance Golf, Robert Trent Jones II and Thomson-Perret Golf Course Architects.

Gilbert S. Hanse, 48, the founder and President of the company has committed to moving to Rio to oversee the course while it is under construction. He also teamed up with LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famer, Amy Alcott, to develop the final plan and to ensure that the course is environmentally friendly.

Hanse said in a statement, “We want to take this opportunity to say how honored and humbled we are to have been selected to design the golf course for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. 

“On behalf of everyone involved with the Hanse Golf Course Design presentation, thank you to the City of Rio de Janeiro, the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, and the International Golf Federation for placing their trust in us to deliver a course that will become the first course to host golf in the Olympics since 1904.”

Rio 2016 chief and IOC member, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, added, “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. It will enable Rio to host important events in the international calendar and it will be an example of sustainability and preservation of an environmentally protected area.

“This course will be an excellent facility for the practice and development of golf and will inspire millions of youth across Brazil and the globe. We look forward to welcoming the athletes and spectators to the course in 2016.”

The design was laid out to work with the planning of temporary overlay structures and internal flow systems and built up the plan for the golf academy which will compound the legacy of the game and the development of golf tourism in Brazil.

Peter Dawson, President of the International Golf Federation, said, “The IGF would like to thank all of the architects who worked so hard on their bids and whose presentations demonstrated great vision. The selection process adopted by Rio 2016™ was extremely thorough and reflected the importance of the project.

“I am delighted Hanse Golf Course Design has been appointed to design the Olympic golf course which promises to provide an outstanding venue for the Games and a tremendous legacy for our sport in Brazil.”

Golf will be on the 2016 Games program as well as the 2020 Games, however in 2017 the IOC will review the possibility of changing the Olympic program again.

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