4 Things You Didn’t Know About Rio’s New Olympic Golf Course

Golf is back as an international force! After a 112 year hiatus, high-level golfing is back on the world stage and ready to inspire a new generation of young athletes.

1. The Reserva Marapendi course, debuted in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, is only the third golf course ever used in any Olympic games.

After an appearance on the 1900 Olympic course in Paris, France, and the 1904 Olympic course in St. Louis, Missouri, no other golf destination has had the honor of hosting an Olympic program until now.

2. Seven years ago the site where today’s elite players will compete for Olympic gold, was an unrecognizable mixture of sandy marsh and tangled brush.

It took lauded designer, Gil Hanse, a man often referred to as “the grass whisperer,” to tame the wilds near Rio de Janeiro’s Barra beachfront into a world class, links-style course.

3. It almost wasn’t ready in time.

Happy ticket holders and the millions of television viewers tuning in to see the competition will only glimpse views of long, lush fairways, pristine greens, and crystal-clear water hazards. But Hanse, PGA Tour officials, and Olympic organizers will admit that at one point, construction was nearly an entire year behind schedule.

4. You can play this course after the Olympics are over.

In the interest of promoting the sport of golf in Brazil, South America, and around the globe, officials plan to make Reserva Marapendi Golf Course open to the public after the Olympic athletes leave town. The hope is to use the history and legacy of the Olympic name and spirit to attract international interest to the sport of golf.