The Olympic Golf Course is a new venue built for the men’s and women’s individual golf events of the 2016 Summer Games, where golf returned for the first time as an Olympic sport after 112 years. Hanse Golf Course Design was chosen from eight contenders to build the course.The new golf facility is located at Reserva de Marapendi in Barra da Tijuca – Rio de Janeiro. As [the 2016 Games] marks the return of golf to the Olympic Games after over a century of absence, this course represents the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the sport. It will enable Rio to host important events in the international calendar and it would be an example of sustainability and preservation of an environmentally protected area. This course will be an excellent facility for the practice and development of golf and will inspire millions of youth across Brazil and the globe. The Olympic 18-hole course has a links-style feel, mostly comparable to the Australian sand-belt courses and is naturally integrated in the native vegetation. There is plenty of wildlife present at the course, including capybaras (large rodent), caimans (small crocodile) and corujas (burrowing owls). The experience of playing this already legendary course will linger in your memory for ever!