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Rio 2016 Legacies

The IGF recognises their responsibility under Rule 2, Article 14 of the Olympic Charter “to promote a positive legacy from the Olympic Games”.

As such we were committed to working with Rio 2016 in the delivery of the following positive legacies that resulted from staging the golf competition at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Rio 2016 Olympics Golf Course
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MAY 30: General view of Hole 2 at the Olympic Golf Course on May 30, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Construction and Urban Renewal

  • Only 18-hole public golf course in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil
  • Clubhouse with multi-purpose use that can be used for public meetings and social engagements etc.
  • Driving range for golf practice and instruction
  • Golf academy for elite athlete instruction and education


  • Restoration of degraded land
  • Venue was certified as environmentally sustainable
  • Creation of green space with local access
  • Created watershed and provide attenuation, natural filtering and treatment of water
  • Managed run-off, erosion and conserving soil structure and biodiversity
  • Improved ecosystem with increased native plants that will encourage wildlife sanctuary


  • Encouraged volunteerism in the sport of golf
  • Golf sport volunteers learn new skills that are transferable to their day-to-day lives
  • Potential resource for future professional tournaments

Sport of Golf

  • Funding from Brazilian Olympic Committee to Confederation of Brazilian Golf for junior golf initiatives around Brazil
  • Increase in number of national technical officials
  • Increased accessibility to play golf due to 18-hole public course
  • Increased awareness and interest in golf
  • Increased participation in golf
  • Training facility that focuses on youth and elite level training simultaneously


  • Referee schools in Brazil to increase the number of National Technical Officials.
  • Unskilled agronomy staff trained to operate machinery and obtained knowledge about golf course maintenance practices


  • Implementation of youth development program dedicated to providing young people of all backgrounds opportunities to continue their education and develop their character through golf.


  • Golf course provides employment for local residents.
  • Provides business opportunities to local companies through the purchase of goods and services
  • Generates charitable revenues through philanthropic activities held at the course

The Olympic Golf Course was recognised by the Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) for its commitment and contribution to the enhancement of the environment and achieved GEO Certified® Development status. Further details are available in this IGF article.

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