The man who co-devised the golf course at Castle Stuart Golf Links in Scotland has been appointed to design the 2016 Olympics golfing venue.
American Gil Hanse from Hanse Design has beaten competition from the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Greg Norman and Britain’s Martin Hawtree to design the new course, which will see golf played as an Olympics sport for the first time in 112 years.
Castle Stuart was such a successful creation that within one year of it opening in 2010 it was hosting the Scottish Open. Hanse also designed Craighead Links, the second course at Crail Golfing Society, which opened in 1998.
“The fact Castle Stuart was so well received gave them a level of proof that we could build a golf course from scratch that would be accepted by the players and also able to handle a championship,” said Hanse.
Peter Dawson, chief executive of The R&A and contributor to Golf Club Management, who was part of the voting panel, added: “I am delighted Hanse Design has been appointed to design the Olympic golf course, which promises to provide an outstanding venue for the Games and a tremendous legacy for our sport in Brazil.”
Hanse will team up with Amy Alcott, a five-times women’s major winner, to create the Rio de Janeiro venue.