This is a historic moment for golf: after 112 years, it is once again an Olympic sport. Before that, it was part of the program only in Paris 1900 and St Louis 1904. In Rio, men and women will compete individually on the new Olympic Golf Course at the Reserva de Marapendi in the Barra da Tijuca zone.
The President of the Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016 Carlos Arthur Nuzman said: “As [the 2016 Games] marks the return of golf to the Olympic Games after over a century of absence, this course represents the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the sport. It will enable Rio to host important events in the international calendar and it will be an example of sustainability and preservation of an environmentally protected area. This course will be an excellent facility for the practice and development of golf and will inspire millions of youth across Brazil and the globe. We look forward to welcoming the athletes and spectators to the course in 2016.”
There are several former Spirit players representing their respective country and playing in the Olympics. For the men, this includes: current Master champion Danny Willett, Martin Kaymer, Joost Luiten, Matteo Manassero, Gavin Green and Bernd Wiesberger.
The men’s competition is scheduled for 11–14 August and the women’s for 17–20 August.
We will highlight some former women Spirit players next week.