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2016 Here we Come!!
April 25, 2013, 1:14 AM
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A sigh of relief went up this morning in Rio de Janeiro. 

The field work for the Rio 2016 golf course has started. Paulo Goulart, executive director of Tanedo S.A., the Brazilian land-development company that owns the site and is paying for course construction, confirmed this morning that the long-delayed project is finally under way! 

Designer Gil Hanse was selected to design the golf course in an international competition that attracted 29 entrants, including many of the world’s top architects. Technical specifications for the project are being reviewed by PGA Tour Design Services and PGA Tour Construction Services. 

Hanse has secured the approvals and assembled a crew of six workers onsite. The non-native vegetation is being cleared by hand. With good weather, a disciplined work crew and no more delays from local officials, the course might be ready within a year and a half. 

Workers must first remove exotic vegetation and then clear center lines for the routing.  From there, they clear additional vegetation to allow for dirt moving, shaping, grassing, irrigation and subsequent grow-in.

The plan is to have the course ready for a professional tournament in August 2015 as a trial run before the men’s and women’s Olympic competitions – golf’s first Olympiad in more than 100 years – in 2016. Yes!


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OK, now where is this place???? Brazil?????

Comment by Jim

Thanks, Jim! You are correct…Rio is the capital city of Brazil. It is the second largest city of Brazil! 2016 will be the first time a country in South America is the host city for the Olympics. Because it is in the Southern Hemisphere, the Summer Olympics will be played in their “Winter”!

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