The Rio 2016 Organising Committee has selected Hanse Golf Course Design to design the Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Games, when the sport returns to the Olympic programme for the first time since 1904.
The course will be built at Reserva de Marapendi in Barra da Tijuca – the district that will contain the largest number of Games venues – located approximately five kilometres from the Athletes’ Village and seven kilometres from the Main Press Centre (MPC) and the International Broadcast Centre (IBC). After the 2016 Olympic Games, the course will be used as a public facility with the chief purpose of promoting golf in Brazil, representing one of the most important Olympic Games legacies for sport development in the country.
Hanse Golf Course Design was selected from eight finalists as the candidate that most aptly met the selection criteria that were issued by Rio 2016. The proposal was cited for its design characteristics, including accentuation of the natural dune formations and retention of the natural contours of the land.