As no doubt most golfers are aware, the sport will make its much-vaunted return to the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro 2016. After 112 years absence, 60 male and 60 female golfers will compete over four rounds of golf to decide who is the first Olympic golf champion in over a century, but will Brazil have a venue ready to host a golf tournament for the 2016 Olympics?
The decision to include golf for the 2016 Olympics, but not the 2012 is a strange one. The UK, or more precisely St. Andrews, is widely reputed to be the spiritual home of the game and there was a concerted effort to have golf included as part of this year’s London Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) however voted against including golf in time for London and so the sport was only admitted to the 2016 games.