By IGF, 13 April 2012 – On March 7, 2012, the organizers of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro selected the team of Gil Hanse and Amy Alcott to design the course that will host the first Olympics golf competition since 1904.
In addition to his original designs, Hanse is known for his work on existing courses, most notably his highly acclaimed restoration of the North Course at Los Angeles Country Club, the site of the 2017 Walker Cup Match. Alcott, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, has won two USGA championships, the 1973 U.S. Girls’ Junior and the 1980 U.S. Women’s Open.
Antony Scanlon, the executive director of the International Golf Federation (IGF), discussed the decision process, the site for the course and the timetable leading up to the 2016 Games. Scanlon worked on many Olympic Games for both the International Olympic Committee and various organizing committees before joining the IGF, which is the international federation for golf for the IOC.