Greenland Apparel is gearing up for the 2016 Summer Olympics with this week’s #MotivationMonday. With just over a year left until golf makes its return to the Olympic Games, photos have surfaced of the course on which players will win the first Olympic medals in the sport since 1904.
Course construction has been subjected to various bureaucratic and municipal delays since the beginning, but the 18 hole layout appears fully grassed with views of the mountains in the distance. The delays pushed back the planned Olympic test event tournament from one year before the Games to late 2016 or early 2016.
“Thankfully, it’s finished,” Gil Hanse, golf course designer, said of the Rio de Janeiro layout. “Construction is done.”
Sixty men and sixty women will compete in the seventy-two hole, stroke-play competition next summer. The men’s competition is scheduled for August 11-14, 2016, while the women will play August 17-20, 2016.
“By all accounts, it’s going well,” Hanse said. “The project had, obviously, a lot of setbacks here and there along the way, so we can’t expect it’s going to be completely smooth going forward. We’re all enthused. The design is intact. They didn’t ask us to make any changes, so we’re proud of what’s being built.”
Legal issues behind them, it is full steam ahead for the 2016 Olympic Golf Course.