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28 THE CUT THE COURSE D esigned by American golf course architect Gil Hanse, the brand-new Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Course at Barra da Tijuca, not far from the main Olympic Park, includes facilities for 15,000 spectators. The challenging course includes two artificial lakes and a host of other features and obstacles that promise to bring the best out of the world’s top golfers. “It’s a very demanding course,” said Paulo Pacheco, president of the Brazilian Golf Confederation (CBG). “It has plenty of undergrowth and is very open, so the wind will present a real challenge to the golfers, who will also have lots of bunkers to deal with. This layout is narrow and will demand great precision from the players.” “The course is perfect, it’s challenging and offers beautiful views, close to the sea and surrounded by mountains,” added Victoria Lovelady, Brazil’s top-ranked female golfer. After the Games, the course will be jointly administered by the CBG and Rio’s city government and will remain The Olympic golf course at Barra da Tijuca will present golfers with plenty of challenges, from wind to narrow fairways and plenty of bunkers.
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