Architect: Olympics golf course will be ready

July 26, 2013

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) -- Construction on the golf course to be used by the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is on pace for a test event about a year before the Summer Games, architect Gil Hanse said on Thursday.

Hanse said the original plans were to have the course ready by 2014, giving organizers a two-year cushion before the start of the Olympics. Legal fights over the property delayed the start of work, but Hanse said construction is expected to be done by the first half of 2014 and the course will be tournament-ready in the second half of `15.

"If we were trying to stick to the original schedule -- no chance," said Hanse, who moved to Brazil for six months to work on the project but returned home last month. He will return for about two weeks out of each month to supervise the work, and to follow the Brazilian soccer team -- Fluminense -- he adopted while he was there, he said.

Hanse attended media day for next month's U.S. Amateur at The Country Club, which he helped renovate in preparation for the tournament. Tee boxes have been added, fairways tweaked and trees cleared for the event, which will be the 16th USGA championship at the course that was home to Francis Ouimet's ground-breaking U.S. Open victory in 1913.