While political turmoil and a deep recession have hampered investments in the Gil Hanse-designed Olympic Golf Course, Brazilian Golf Confederation president Paulo Pacheco said the course is currently in a soft-opening. Responding to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report, Pacheco said, "The field will not die 'in 3 or 4 weeks' as some sources indicated. We are not promoting the OGC (Olympic Golf Course) with great publicity precisely because it does not yet have the structure at the international level."
Which is true. The currently lacks a pro-shop, infrastructure at its club house and adequate signage to even indicate where the entrance to the course actually is. "The OGC is part of the legacy of the 2016 Olympics," said Pacheco. "We know of the difficulties of implementing sports projects in times of crisis, but we never stop looking for solutions and it is far from our minds giving up such a representative project for golf in Brazil and the world."
However, the course's four-hole adjunct course is currently open for free-play to juniors enrolled in the "Golf for Life Plan" or for around $10 (allowing for two play throughs).
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