Rio Golf Course Options

Rio Golf Course Options

Posted on 07. Nov, 2009 by in Olympic Golf

The options for professional golf in Rio are as of now very few.  The course that will host golf in  the 2016 Olympics may not even exist yet.  The area of the southeast coast of Brazil has over 13 million people, but only has two full length 18 hole golf courses to its credit.  As of 2009 it is unknown whether Olympic golf will take place in Rio itself or an adjoining region.  There also is no answer to whether mens and womens golf will be held at the same or separate venues.

Existing courses:

  • Buzios Golf Club and Resort Features a par 72 layout by Perry Dye Design that measures 7,056 yards.  Which located in a fairly remote coastal resort area about 100 miles east of Rio.
  • Gavea Golf & Country Club  This club was built in 1926 and is only a 6,000 yard par 69 course.  With very limited room for parking and spectators.
  • Sao Paulo Golf Club  This Brazil’s oldest and most prestigious courses that was established in 1901 by British expats, which is 275 miles from southwest Rio in Brazils most populated city.  This par 72 6,574 yard layout was renovated by Robert Trent Jones Jr.  The course has also hosted two European PGA tour events.
  • Itanhanga Golf Club  Has the benifit of being centrally located near the planned Olympic village in Rio.  This course measures 6,600 yards and is a par 72.  It has hosted a European PGA tour event back in 2000 and also served as the home for the LPGA  HSBC Brazil Cup 2009.

Future courses:

  • Rio de Janeiro International Golf Resort This proposed 8,000-acre development is to be built near the international airport which will feature two 18 hole courses.  These two tracks are to be co-designed by Steve Smyers and Nick Faldo.  These venues will likely be ready for construction in 2011.  These courses will be built on natural hilly, rolling terrain with stunning 20 mile views.

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One Response to “Rio Golf Course Options”

  1. wade

    25. May, 2011

    Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam are designing a course for the Olympics.

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