The Gil Hanse-designed, 2016 Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro will hold a test event this fall in preparation for the sport’s return to the Olympics next year.
Rio 2016 announced Wednesday a calendar of 44 test events to be conducted at various venues over the next 14 months. Golf will get its turn to host an event from Nov. 26-29. The tournament will be called the Aquece Rio International Golf Challenge, but officials released no other details about the event. One would expect it to be a 72-hole tournament, reflective of the format for both the men’s and women’s tournaments in 2016.
The construction of the Olympic golf course, which is now fully seeded and growing in, has been both a political and legal problem for the Rio government. Issues over land ownership and the country’s strict environmental impact laws have made the course a target for lawsuits from the federal government and marches for Rio activist groups unhappy with government fees and economic stagnation.