The Work Behind Rio's Course

 An aerial of the Olympic course. Credit:

An aerial of the Olympic course. Credit:

     For those in the know, Neil Cleverly deserves a gold medal (that is, if they gave gold medals to superintendents). With construction that began six months behind schedule, protesters who pelted his car with eggs (and insults), and having to train an inexperienced work crew, by all accounts Cleverly did not have an easy time getting the course ready for the 2016 Olympics.

     "He had to hire and train a staff with zero experience and knowledge working on a golf course," said Carl Roth, senior vice president of agronomy for the PGA Tour. "He has an inner drive that won't allow failure. I'm not sure another superintendent could go through it."

     Before coming to Brazil to begin work, Cleverly learned Portuguese, which came in handy when communicating priorities-- and importance-- to his crew.

     "He was the perfect choice. We needed somebody who was tough," said Gil Hanse, course architect. "The word I used is disciplined. We needed somebody who was going to put up with the ups and downs day after day."

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