Design stars in finals for Olympic golf course

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian officials have selected eight finalists from among a who's-who of the world's top golf-course architects to design the 2016 Olympic course.

It will be the first time golf is played in the Games in more than a century.

The eight companies in the final selection list announced Friday are, in alphabetical order: Gary Player Design, Greg Norman Golf Course Design, Hanse Golf Design, Hawtree Ltd., Nicklaus Design, Renaissance Golf, Robert Trent Jones II and Thomson-Perret Golf Course Architects.

The course will be built in Rio de Janeiro, likely in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, which will hold most of the Olympic venues.

Applicants had to show prior course-design experience, and have an office established in Rio. The winner will be paid $300,000 for the design.

The Olympic organizing committee has said the course should leave a legacy to the city, and serve in youth sports education and events after the games.

The winner is expected to be announced early next year.

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