Rio de Janeiro will soon be home to a new world-class golf course, a term that’s bandied around a bit too often in the tourism industry, but which is in this case quite literally true. While Rio is already home to at least three courses, this is a whole new ballgame. Brazil’s newest greens will be the first course constructed for Olympic competition since the 1904 games in Saint Louis, Missouri, the sport’s last appearance on that most prestigious of world stages.
After more than a century out of Olympic competition, golf was finally reinstated in 2009—along with rugby and women’s boxing. Already guaranteed a trial spot at the 2016 and 2020 summer games, the decision to include golf in subsequent Olympics will be made in 2017, depending primarily on its success here in Rio.