On August 11, the men’s golf competition returns to the Olympic Games after 112 years. The new golf course in Rio de Janeiro was designed by Gil Hanse and will play as a par-71.
The men’s Olympic golf competition kicks off on August 11, marking the game’s return to the Games after a 112-year absence. The brand new Olympic Golf Course has been cultivated in recent years in Rio de Janeiro by course architect Gil Hanse and partner Jim Wagner with input from legendary LPGA player Amy Alcott, GolfLink reported.
For a bird’s eye look at the new course, Golf Digest has produced a 3D flyover of the sandy layout with some insightful commentary from Hanse himself. The course will play as a par-71 for both competitions, but the world’s best male golfers will have to negotiate close to 900 more yards with the tees pushed back, GolfLink reported.
Hanse also breaks down the differing sections of the golf course and the reasoning for the amount of sand in the waste areas. The architect also flags the possibility of a thrilling finish for a spot on the podium thanks to the interesting closing hole design, GolfLink reported.