The International Golf Federation vice president, Ty Votaw, has voiced concerns over whether the Olympic golf course in Brazil will be ready by the 2016 Summer Games.
The Gil Hanse designed course has been beset by problems since the outset and is well behind schedule. Votaw, who also serves as the PGA Tour’s executive vice-president and chief marketing officer, said the Brazilian government would ultimately be responsible if the course wasn’t completed in time.
“When the IOC awards an Olympic Games to a host city, it’s ultimately the responsibility of the national government of that country . . . to deliver the games to the athletes in the countries from around the world, and deliver the venues and build venues,” Votaw said.
“We don’t exert an enormous amount of control, any amount of control, only influence in making sure that the delivery of the venue is one that meets the standards of our sport.”
With the Games just two years away, the golf course near Rio de Janeiro still doesn’t have any grass on it. Sodding has only just begun, although the hope is to have all the grassing complete by October or November.