Rio site chosen for Olympics golf


The golf tournament at the 2016 Olympics will be held on a new site in the southern suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, the Royal & Ancient Chief Executive Peter Dawson confirmed here Wednesday. The Rio games will see the return of the sport to the Olympic fold for the first time since 1904, but the lack of tournament level golf facilities in and around the Brazilian capital raised some doubts over where the venue would be.
“The situation is that very recently, as recently as within the last three weeks or so, the Rio Organising Committee and the city of Rio confirmed that the Riserva Uno site, which is a site quite close to the Olympic village and quite close to the sea in the Barra area of Rio will be the site of the Olympic golf event,” Dawson said. “And commercial negotiations are currently underway by the City of Rio to acquire that site for golf, and a golf course will be designed by an architect yet to be determined and laid out on that site for the Olympic event.