Rio 2016™ To Launch Golf Course Design Contest

Antidoping landscape Rio 2016 Olympics Golf Course
Renato Sette Camara

The deadline for submission is October 28 and the winner candidate will be announced on December 23

(Rio de Janeiro 10/14/2011) The Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016™ announces the launch of an international contest to select a golf course design for the Rio 2016™ Olympic venue. The call for proposals is available from the Rio 2016™ website,

To take part in the contest companies will be required to evidence golf course design experience, compliance with RIO2016™ international rules and to furnish proof of the qualifications necessary to develop the project. Consortiums of firms will be accepted. If the awarded participant is an individual international firm, it will be required to have an office legally established in Rio de Janeiro.

Participants will be asked to design a project that: meets International Golf Federation (IGF) specifications; is capable of becoming an international centre of excellence for the sport of golf for professional and community use as a legacy to Rio’s population; respects the environmental law in force and the local ecosystem; is capable of promoting Rio internationally and constitutes an important tool for youth transformation through sport. The project must also plan for all the stages of use of the golf course: before Rio 2016™ Games with the test events, at Games time and after the Games as a legacy.

The golf course will be built at Reserva de Marapendi, in Barra da Tijuca, the district that will concentrate the largest number of Rio 2016™ Olympic venues. It will be a unique Olympic venue, located approximately 5 kilometres from the Athletes Village and approximately 7 kilometres from the Main Press Centre (MPC) and the International Broadcast Centre (IBC), South of Avenida das Américas and North of Lagoa de Marapendi. It will be an 18-hole golf course where the men’s and women’s golf competitions of the Olympic Games 2016™ will be held. After the Games, the course will be managed by a private operator with the chief purpose of promoting golf in Brazil and in South America, representing one of the most important Games legacies for sport development in the country.

Candidates’ proposals will be examined by a jury formed by representatives of the International Golf Federation (IGF), Rio 2016™, Rio City Hall and the Rio2016 Golf Advisory Committee(GAC).

The successful candidate will be awarded the contract to develop the design of the course at a fixed price of USD300,000.

Contest Phases
The result of each phase of the contest will be sent to participants by e-mail and disclosed at Rio 2016 website ( During the selection process, all requests for clarification should be sent to the e-mail

Phase I
October 14 – Announcement of the contest and beginning of the term for submission of the required documentation.
October 28 – Deadline for submission of documentation.
November 8 – announcement of the firms selected to take part in Phase ll, and forwarding of the invitation for the workshop where the golf course project briefing will be presented.

Phase II
November 17/18 – Workshop to present project briefing to participants.

Phase III
From November 19 to December 16 – term set for participants to prepare their proposals.
December 16 – deadline for proposal submission.
December 17 to 23 – the jury will interview the participating firms and carry out a final review of proposals.
December 23 – announcement of the successful candidate.

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