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Hanse to Design Rio’s Olympic Course In one of the game’s


great upsets not taking place on the course, Gil Hanse was chosen by the 2016 Olympics Organiz- ing Committee to design the course in Rio de Janeiro when golf returns to the Olympics after a break of 112 years. While not as well known


as his competitors for the commission, names such as Jack Nicklaus/Annika Sorenstam, Greg Norman/ Lorena Ochoa, Gary Player


The final blueprint will reflect the challenge of cre- ating a course that tests the elite golf Olympians as well as amateurs. The Olympic course will stage a 72-hole stroke play event for 60 players each in a male and female field. The location of the new course, about three miles from the athlete’s village, four miles from the press center and about 30 minutes from the town center, prac- tically guarantees compre- hensive press coverage of the tournament. The Olympics commis-


and Pacific Dunes designer Tom Doak, Hanse brings a wealth of experience to the task. The 48-year-old created Rustic Canyon in Moorpark, a low-impact de- sign notable for its eclectic shot values and low green fee, and TPC Boston, site of the PGA Tour’s Deutsche Bank Championship. “I’m excited that the


selection panel felt that our efforts were the ones that best matched the criteria set by the organizers,” Hanse


Trump Opens Course in Scotland


Trump International Golf Links, just outside of Aber- deen, Scotland is set to open July 1. Dotted with rolling dunes and sandhills, the expanse runs 2.9 miles from north to south offering breathtaking views of the North Sea from nearly every hole.


Not one to shy away from hyperbole, Donald Trump calls his latest project “the greatest golf course in the world.” Early reviews are overwhelmingly positive with a consensus that the site is one of the premier pieces of land.


The course unwinds naturally complementing the surrounding land and is adorned with 107 tee boxes and an omnipresent wind. Of the 2,000 acres, only 600 were used for the Martin Hawtree-designed course allowing for potential future development of a hotel, holiday homes, residential village and a second 18–hole links course. The course will be open to the public ($240 weekday rate/$315 weekends) with discounts for residents of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.


said. “We had the answers that were good enough for the committee to under- stand that we were a good fit for them.”


Hanse and his partner


on the project, LPGA Tour legend Amy Alcott, will team up with environmental and sustainability engi- neers in the design process and utilize native vegetation and a minimum of land movement.


sion has certainly raised Hanse’s profile in the golf world. Donald Trump announced in March that Hanse has been selected to renovate the mogul’s newest purchase, the iconic Doral Resort’s Blue Mon- ster Course in Miami.


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