According to Gil Hanse, designer of Rio's yet-to-be-named Olympic golf course, the course will be ready in time for competition. "Everyone who has been following the story knows the project went on a bit longer than we anticipated so to now have the design complete and turned over for growing is a huge hurdle we've negotiated," Hanse told Reuters in an interview.
Winning the chance to design the course from the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Nick Faldo and others, Hanse's course will host the first Olympic golf tournament since 1904. The course, the first public course in Brazil, has had its share of legal difficulties; from ownership to the course's location (built in a nature reserve), the course's completion in time for the Olympics has not always been a guarantee.
Player eligibility for the Olympic tournament will be determined by IGF rankings.