The Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games has selected US-based Hanse Golf Course Design to design the golf course in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games in 2016.

Golf returns to the Olympic programme after an absence of 112 years and Hanse Golf Course Design was selected from eight finalists as the candidate that most aptly met the selection criteria.

The proposal was cited for its design characteristics, including accentuation of the natural dune formations and retention of the natural contours of the land.

The design effectively addresses the planning of temporary overlay structures and internal flow systems for the venue and contains a strong legacy component with the prioritising of a golf academy as an essential tool for the development of golf in Brazil.

Gilbert S. Hanse, 48, the founder and president of Hanse Golf Course Design, boasts a portfolio of internationally renowned golf courses and has has teamed up with LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member, Amy Alcott, for the project.

Alcott amassed 29 professional victories on the LPGA Tour including five Majors. They will work closely with environmental and sustainability engineering firms in the final design process and advocate the use of native vegetation and a minimum of land movement.

The golf course will be built at Reserva de Marapendi in Barra da Tijuca, the district that will contain the largest number of Rio 2016 Olympic Games venues.