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Olympic golf course over halfway to completion

Golf returns to the Olympic Games in 2016, and construction on the course is said to be 59% complete according to a release issued by Rio 2016 officials.

Also stated in the release are details that five of the 18 holes have been sodded and irrigation has now reached two-thirds of the course.

The course, designed by Gil Hanse, has been hampered by a series of delays and the “grown in” should take around 11 months, which leaves precious little time to play a planned test event before the 2016 Games are here.

Officials were said to be pleased with how things were progressing when asked about the Olympic course last month at the Open Championship, with the International Golf Federation expressing happiness with most aspects of the construction. However, IGF vice president Ty Votaw warned: “We feel that the landowner/developer needs to continue doing what he's doing over the last few months to continue this momentum and move from a construction stage into a grow-in and operational and maintenance stage. If they do that we feel that this schedule is certainly achievable.”

Rio 2016 released a somewhat “tentative” test event calendar last month and the golf competition is scheduled to start on August 15, 2015, although no official announcement has been made in regards to the event, which will likely be a PGA Pro Tour Latinamerica tournament.