Hanse of US to design 2016 Rio Olympic golf course



SAO PAULO (AP) — American architect Gil Hanse will design the 2016 Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro.

Organizers announced on Wednesday that Hanse Golf Design was selected over seven other finalists, including Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Gary Player and Robert Trent Jones II.

Hanse will team up with Hall of Fame player Amy Alcott to build the first Olympic golf course in more than 100 years, with the sport making its return after being dropped following the 1904 St. Louis Games.

The announcement by Rio 2016 organizers was made at the site where the new course will be built, in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, which will hold most of the Olympic venues.