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T

he first golfers to experience the

new Olympic Golf Course in Rio de

Janeiro, Brazil have responded with

high praise.

“My expectations were surpassed. It’s a

fantastic course,” said Victoria Lovelady. “It

will attract golf tourism, people will come

here to get to know a nice place and play

some golf.”

Lovelady was one of nine golfers who

competed in the test event—the Aquece

Rio Golf Challenge—on March 8, 2016.

Brazil’s top-ranked female player Miriam

Nagl said: “The conditions are very good,

the greens are perfect.”

“Before we only had old courses in

Brazil. This is a modern golf course,” said

competitor Alexandre Rocha, a

Web.com

Tour player.

The par 71 course was designed by Gil

Hanse, ASGCA, and will host the Olympic

golf competition in August 2016.

A report commissioned by the State of

Rio de Janeiro Department of Justice and

published in late February stated that the

course in Barra da Tijuca had: “contributed

to the growth of local vegetation” in the

Marapendi area, and that various species

of animal have in fact been returning to a

“once degraded area”.

The report highlights environmental

benefits including a 167 percent increase

in vegetation, creating a “positive cycle

for fauna development,” with 263 species

now found in the area—compared to 118

before construction.

DIGEST

Golfers praise Rio Olympic course

Olympic Golf

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George design for Virginia resort

New Development

L

ester George, ASGCA, has been

hired to design a new golf course

in Virginia.

George will work with the Diatomite

Corporation of America to create a master

plan for Fones Cliffs—a new resort

property in Richmond County. The resort

will be built on land that forms part of the

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National

Historic Trail.

The site lies at the top of cliffs above the

Rappahannock River, where in 1608 a battle

between Captain John Smith and his crew

and Rappahannock Indians took place. The

new resort will look to memorialize this

encounter through a series of monuments,

as well as an education center.

“Having worked extensively in the

environmentally-sensitive Chesapeake

Bay Watershed for the past 25 years, we

understand the requirements of projects

like this,” said George. “Fones Cliffs is one

of the most fascinating and beautiful sites

I have ever seen, and I speak for the team

when I say we will approach this property

with a very soft hand. We will design the

golf course with a goal of minimal land

disturbance, earth moving, and impacts to

the natural habitat in an effort to produce

an environmentally sustainable resort.”

“Lester George has a proven, award-

winning record of creating challenging,

playable, beautiful, and environmentally

sustainable destination golf courses,” said

Robert Coleman Smith, Richmond attorney

and Fones Cliffs project coordinator for

Diatomite Corporation of America. “You

only have to look at Kinloch Golf Club and

Ballyhack Golf Club here in his home state

to see his broad, creative design palate.”

Rogers to reinstate Ross

design features at Kenosha

Drew Rogers, ASGCA, is

to lead a project to restore

the original design intentions

of Donald Ross at Kenosha

CC in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Many hummocks, cops,

banks and faces still exist as

originally built by Ross, but

have been lost or obscured

by trees.

“When we open up these

corridors again, through

tree removal and fairway

realignment, the features

will again be exposed to

delineate Ross’ very clear

design intentions,” said

Rogers. “You’d never know

it, but these holes will be

far better defined without

the trees.”

New Dye course in

construction in Portugal

A new golf course in

Obidos, Portugal

designed

by Cynthia Dye, ASGCA

is now in construction.

Dye’s first design in Europe,

the new course will be part

of the Falesia D’El Rey Resort,

an hour north of Lisbon.

“I have never worked so hard

for so long to see a project

through to construction,”

said Dye. “For many years

we had to stay focused on

making this course a reality.

Now it’s very rewarding to

see it come true.”

Photo: Alex Ferro/Rio 2016