Gil Hanse was chosen by the 2016 Olympic Planning Committee to design the golf course for the Rio de Janeiro.
Hanse Golf Design beat out some pretty stiff competition in the bidding including, Annika Sorenstam, Greg Norman, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and Nick Faldo.
Hanse beat out the competition reportedly by committing to be onsite for the entire project. He is planning to move his entire family to Brazil for the duration of the project.
Most of the other bidders are known to have other very high profile jobs, to say the least. Annika for instance claimed she would turn down the opportunity to captain the 2013 Solheim Cup, expecting to win the bid.
Hanse is a self proclaimed “Modern Minimalist”. He says his favorite course on earth is The Old Course at St. Andrews.
You can see in the image below, the design will feature double and even triple fairways.
Most golfers are not aware of Mr. Hanse prior to this announcement, the only reason I was aware of him was because he had been involved in the redesign of The TPC Boston. He also was involved in the redesign of “The Country Club” in Brookline, MA.
Unlike many modern golf course architects, Hanse says he would love to see a player go “Birdie, Birdie and Eagle to finish the tournament”. That noise you just heard was Donald Ross rolling in his grave.
Here is the proposed course layout. Click the image for larger view.