First look at Olympic golf course
The International Olympic Committee tweeted out a peek at the course that'll be used when golf returns to the Summer Games in 2016.
The course is being built at Reserva de Marapendi in Barra da Tijuca, the district of Rio de Janeiro that will contain the largest number of Olympic Games venues. It will be "a unique Olympic Games venue," says the IOC, located approximately three miles from the Athletes' Village and about five miles from the Main Press Center and the International Broadcast Center.
After the Olympics, the IOC says, "the course will be used as a public facility with the chief purpose of promoting golf in Brazil and the globe, representing one of the most important Olympic Games legacies for sport development in the country."
The course, which was designed by American course architect Gil Hanse – who was chosen for the job almost exactly a year ago – boasts a number of sand and water features, including a large lake surrounded by several holes on the left side of the layout. Several holes border the northern shore of Lake Marapendi, sort of, but none seems to really dramatically interact with the large lake.
If you know Rio, the course is south of the Avenue of the Americas, and a few miles west of the famed Copacabana neighborhood.