Well Be­ing

in more than a cen­tury – Rio has more rea­sons than ever to em­brace the game

Business Traveler (USA) - - INSIDE - By Minty Clinch

Olympian Chal­lenge – Now Rio has more rea­sons to love golf

1 THE OLYMPIC COURSE Where is it? 25 miles west of Rio.

The ex­pense in­volved in build­ing a venue for the first Olympic golf tour­na­ment since 1904 was widely crit­i­cized, not least by Rio’s ex­ist­ing clubs, which wanted to stage it them­selves. En­vi­ron­men­tal­ists re­acted be­cause part of the course is in the Reserva de Mara­pendi na­ture park, but the project was green­lighted on the un­der­stand­ing that it would be­come Rio’s first public golf course, a boost for a game that has been re­stricted to those who can af­ford pri­vate mem­bers’clubs.

The lay­out oc­cu­pies gen­tly un­du­lat­ing land near the ocean in the sub­urb of Barra da Ti­juca, home to the Olympic Park, the main sta­dium and the ath­letes’vil­lage. Its 15 com­pe­ti­tion venues in­clude swim­ming, cy­cling, ten­nis and ath­let­ics. The golf course has been de­signed by Amer­i­can Gil Hanse, known for, among oth­ers, the cour­ses at Cas­tle Stuart on the Mo­ray Firth in Scot­land and the Trump In­ter­na­tional Golf Club, Dubai.

The land has been re­claimed, with two large ar­ti­fi­cial lakes as the cen­ter­piece for fair­ways, greens and thick rough, but the real chal­lenge lies in the stiff and steady, south At­lantic winds.

Avenida das Amer­i­cas, Barra da Ti­juca; rio2016.com To be an­nounced.

18 holes, par 71, 6,522m (7,133 yds); golf academy, driv­ing range, prac­tice area, putting green.

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