Rio asks for design bids for Olympic golf course

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio organizers are asking architects interested in designing the golf course for the 2016 Olympics to submit proposals this month, with a winner to be picked before Christmas.

The Rio Olympic committee says companies or individuals wanting to design the course will have until Oct. 28 to apply, and the winning candidate will be announced Dec. 23.

Applicants must have prior course design experience, and the project will have to meet several specifications put in place by organizers.

The committee said Monday that the course would also have to leave a legacy to Rio and become “an important tool for youth transformation through sport.”

Some of the sport’s top names have expressed interest in designing the course, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman.