Construction begins on Olympic course in Rio de Janeiro

The initial work for the site of Olympic golf in 2016 began today, according to Golfweek. Plans for the course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil have been delayed, but the $12.5 million course is currently scheduled to be completed for a professional tournament in 2015 before hosting the men and women's Summer Games events in 2016.

With environmental permissions in hand to start the golf course for the
2016 Olympic Games, designer Gil Hanse and a crew of six workers are
onsite clearing non-native vegetation by hand. With good weather, a
disciplined work crew and no more delays from local officials, the
course could be ready within 18 months. The first step is to remove
exotic vegetation, then clear center lines for the routing and from
there, move on to additional clearing to allow for dirt moving, shaping,
grassing, irrigation and subsequent grow-in.
The entire site encompasses 240 acres with almost half of the alloted space being devoted to the course and its amenities. The course is located approximately three miles from the Athlete's Village. Photo: An aerial view of the neighborhood where the 2016 Olympic golf course is scheduled to be build (Credit: Associated Press)
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by Kevin Cunningham