July 25, 2016

The Olympic Course Experience

A virtual tour of the Rio Olympic Golf Course
Narrated by architect Gil Hanse

To watch the 360° video below, open in the latest versions of Google Chrome or Firefox on your desktop or laptop. On mobile devices, use the latest version of the YouTube app for Android or iOS. On desktop: Use the navigation wheel at the top left corner of the video, or click and drag your mouse around to get the view you want.

The newly designed Olympic Golf Course at Reserva de Marapendi in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will host golf's return to the Olympic Games after 112 years. Designed by architect Gil Hanse and partner Jim Wagner, along with consultation from LPGA Hall-of-Famer Amy Alcott, the Olympic course will have the unique distinction of hosting the men's and women's Olympic golf competitions in consecutive weeks in August. As Hanse says, the land secured for the golf course featured three distinctions: a sand-filled former mining site to the north, a low-lying middle area, and an environmentally-sensitive area with dense vegetation to the south. "Like every course we build, we’ve tried to make this course just look like it belongs on the property where it sits," Hanse says. Moreover, Hanse says he wants the golf course to challenge the best players while still rewarding good play. "Whenever you design a golf course, you want to understand that it can yield good scoring," he says. "You want to build a golf course so that if a player is hitting good shots, he or she is rewarded."

In the videos below, Gil Hanse shares intimate hole-by-hole details in 18 individual flyover episodes.



Hole 1 | Men: 604 Yards/Women: 536 Yards | Par 5


Hole 2 | Men: 486 Yards/Women: 438 Yards | Par 4


Hole 3 | Men: 351 Yards/Women: 321Yards | Par 4


Hole 4 | Men: 191 Yards/Women: 155 Yards | Par 3


Hole 5 | Men: 547 Yards/Women: 493 Yards | Par 5


Hole 6 | Men: 196 Yards/Women: 177 Yards | Par 3


Hole 7 | Men: 493 Yards/Women: 407 Yards | Par 4


Hole 8 | Men: 172 Yards/Women: 154 Yards | Par 3


Hole 9 | Men: 369 Yards/Women: 324 Yards | Par 4


Hole 10 | Men: 590 Yards/Women: 526 Yards | Par 5


Hole 11 | Men: 488 Yards/Women: 420 Yards | Par 4


Hole 12 | Men: 514 Yards/Women: 430 Yards | Par 4


Hole 13 | Men: 479 Yards/Women: 408 Yards | Par 4


Hole 14 | Men: 229 Yards/Women: 190 Yards | Par 3


Hole 15 | Men: 412 Yards/Women: 374 Yards | Par 4


Hole 16 | Men: 303 Yards/Women: 264 | Par 4


Hole 17 | Men: 133 Yards/Women: 120 Yards | Par 3


Hole 18 | Men: 571 Yards/Women: 509 Yards | Par 5