Olympic Golf Course, Rio

Avenida das Americas 899,

Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro State 22641-004

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About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Open links-style. Relatively flat terrain - no effort to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Lakeside (Lagoa de Marapendi) and residential; very limited views of the lagoon.

  • Designer:

    Gil Hanse in collaboration with Amy Alcott.

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
7350
Par
71
SSS or slope

Location

Latitude:

-23.004744

Longitude:

-43.407223

How to get there:

4 km W of Barra da Tijuca / 30 km SW of central Rio de Janeiro.

Olympic Golf Course, Rio

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.

Est. 2016

The Olympic Golf Course for the Rio 2016 Games is located half-way along the Lagoa de Marapendi, a large salt-water lagoon that runs parallel to the Atlantic Ocean for almost 10 km. Here in the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro, this new golf course joins many other Olympic Games venues.

Marking the return of golf to the Olympic Games after an absence of 112 years, the Gil Hanse designed course lays down a worthy challenge for today's big-hitting professionals. The relatively open and challenging layout pays more than a passing nod to the sandbelt courses outside Melbourne. Gently-undulating good-width fairways are flanked by plenty of threatening bunkers and large sandy waste areas. Two artificial lakes also play their part. Large bunkers sidle up alongside the fast-paced greens, while slick run-off areas will further test your full short-game repertoire.

Once the gold, silver and bronze medals have been awarded to the respective winners of the men's and women's Olympic events, the golf course is destined to become a public facility ... and standard bearer for raising the profile of golf in Brazil.

List of courses: Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo

Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season: R$410.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].

Practice facilities

Excellent

Did you know?

The Lagoa da Marapendi (Marapendi Lagoon), which flanks the Olympic golf course, offers Rio's residents a popular venue for water sports, such as sailing, windsurfing and canoeing. High pollution levels in the lagoon have curbed bathing and fishing activities. The most abundant vegetation around the lagoon is mangroves, of both the red and white variety. This coastal lagoon is connected to other lakes in the Barra da Tijuca district by a system of narrow canals.

Published ranking

2020 Golf Digest rating: No.1 course in Brazil.

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