Rio offers limited options for golf

BY foxsports • October 9, 2009

Rio de Janeiro might well make for a spectacular host city for the 2016 Summer Olympiad. But this teeming metropolis of some 14 million residents on the southeast coast of Brazil is no golf destination. There are only two full-length, 18-hole golf courses in the city, and it is by no means clear whether Olympic golf will take place there or in an adjoining region. Among the candidates (see box below) are the coastal resort of Buzios, 100 miles to the east, and Sao Paulo, 275 miles to the southwest.

John Byers, director of rules and international affairs for the Brazilian Golf Confederation, said that when it comes to the logistics of site selection, "we're moving onto unchartered waters here." At this writing, it was still unclear whether men's and women's golf at the 2016 Games would be contested on the same golf course or on two layouts. Details are likely to be made in a joint decision involving the International Golf Federation and Brazilian Olympic authorities.

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