The first upset of the 2016 Olympics has already taken place. Gil Hanse, an American architect, has won the honor of designing the golf course for The Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, beating out a list of bigger names like Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Greg Norman. Hanse will team with LPGA Hall-of-Famer Amy Alcott in putting together plans for the first Olympic golf course since 1904.
Hanse is the President of “Hanse Golf Course Design,” and is perhaps best known for conceiving of the design for Castle Stuart Golf Links in Scotland and Boston Golf Club. Locally, he’s designed South Fork Country Club in Amagansett and Tallgrass Golf Course in Shoreham, and worked on the “restorations” for an impressive list of Tri-State country clubs, including Fenway (Scarsdale), Plainfield (NJ), Quaker Ridge (Scarsdale), Ridgewood (NJ), Sleepy Hollow, and Winged Foot (Mammaroneck).
The announcement of Hanse’s winning selection by the Rio 2016 Committee caps off a memorable week for the Pennsylvania based designer. On Thursday, Donald Trump revealed he’s picked Hanse to renovate his latest purchase – Doral Golf Resort and Spa (“The Blue Monster”) in Miami.