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Non-native Vegetation Clearing Begins In Rio!

The Rio Olympic golf course is going to be a first in many ways, including announcing that the clearing of non-native vegetation has been permitted.

For Immediate Goose Bumps Release:

Clearing work underway at Rio 2016™ golf course site
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: 20 March, 2013: Clearing work has started at the site of the Rio 2016™ Olympic Games golf course after the necessary permit for the removal of the non-native vegetation was issued by the city. The process to clear the way for construction to begin as planned in April is being conducted by Tanedo, the private company responsible for the construction.
Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of the Rio 2016™ Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Rio 2016™), said: “We are delighted that work has begun on the golf venue and we remain on track to deliver the golf course for a test event in 2015 as scheduled. This venue will provide a key element of the Rio 2016™ legacy as the first public course in Rio de Janeiro, and it will play a pivotal role in the development of the sport of golf in Brazil.”

Course designer Gil Hanse, from US-based Hanse Golf Course Design, commented: “We are very excited and pleased to have begun the initial clearing of the site. It is the start of a long process to transform this property into a beautiful golf course, and we are happy to get started.”

Wake us Rio when you issue a permit to move some dirt!

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Reader Comments (15)

Hate to say it but....aww heck, I won't say it....
03.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Why the attitude.
You've worked with Gil. He seems like a good guy, and a great architect obviously.
I know this my be an attempt a humor, but you've come across a couple of times
like you're throwing rocks at Gil's jobs.
03.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCeloso
Feel free to offer up some links to those past rock throwing efforts. I'm curious to see them.

This post is sarcasm directed at the joke that the Rio project has become, which of course is not Gil's doing.

Like the astronauts in The Right Stuff said, "light this candle!" Or let the games need to go somewhere that things get done in a reasonable amount of time.
03.20.2013 | Registered CommenterGeoff
1) "Torleif Sorenson posts Gil Hanse and Donald Trump's vision for the TPC Blue Monster at Trump Doral, though I'm hard pressed to see many major changes other than the par-3 15th which has lots of water around it."

2) "**Here is an updated plan. You can tell because the logos are getting tackier by the plan"

Hard pressed to see major changes. I've played Blue quite a bit, seems a lot of changes

Given your relationship with Gil, making comments about logos on their plan seems petty to me. You know what goes into those plans, especially with Donald
I'm not in the loop obviously, just seems strange.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCeloso
Celoso, There seems to be more a bit of nitpicking on your end. IN fact, this is about the fourth time this week I've seen you postting derogatory stuff about Geoff.

Also, in case you didn't know, its healthy for architect's to go back and forth on stuff to produce the best golf.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Strangelove
We have a course around here called Royal Niagara. It opened too soon and there were stories of people slipping on the loose sod rough. You know, like when the sod is sitting on top of wet clay and hasn't taken root? Yeah, like that. That has to be 10+ years ago and that's still the first thing I think of when anyone talks about that course.

I'm thinking maybe we'll get to see the pros slipping and sliding on loose sod in Rio. Wouldn't that be great? A venue built solely to be used for one month and it ends up maturing a month after the event.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdsl
Invasive plant species are a serious So. Florida, Brazilian Pepper and Australian Pine have invaded and taken over...the Aust. Pines are common on many golf courses and look good but they have a root system that forces out native plants and the first good blow that comes along they uproot tip over like bowling pins taking mounds of dirt with them. Brazilian pepper also takes over and runs off native species...there are other invasives that have to be dealt with if the golf course is going to be in decent shape. Mr. Shackelford is making fun of what is a serious problem..but I guess being out of work in the golf desgn business can have a somewhat dulling effect upon one's judgement.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
Bobby, as you probably know, here in Texas, the wonderful world of springtime with the awesome color strokes of wildflowers has been blighted by these GD yellow imports that overpower thousands of acres, and miles of highway, that once as lined with Indian Paint Brush, Buttercups, and of course Bluebonnets. The yellow looks nicw untill you realize all the rest is missing.

Kill 'em' kill the imports, be it fish, flowers, trees or bees.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
That's it? Two lines essentially poking fun at Donald Trump for (A) his claims of an island green that my friend Gil is not building and (B) his garrish logos?

Like I said above, it's time for these people in Rio to get this show on the road!
03.21.2013 | Registered CommenterGeoff
i don't know much about golf course construction - what is a typical time frame?
03.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterduck!hooker
Non-native Vegetation Clearing Begins In Rio!

what is a typical time frame? Round, with 12 number on it.---

Sorry ,dude-couldn't pass on that one..... 18 months to 3 years, and grow-in time for the grasses can add to both ends timeline, while rock removal with explosives can also create a lot longer upside, also, the more extrqvagant the green underside (vaccums, etc) adds again.

But Geoff can really tell you all the facts.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Has anyone got a rocketballz A wedge + 1/2" + 2* upright steel shaft regular flex for sale?
'Scuse me but a lot of the posts on Shacksite now seem to be personal, hateful, and/or irrelevant.
Please make your posts a return to the constructive rather than destructive, as was the case circa 2005/6.
Thank you!
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMacDuff
We have:
Arnie Kissing Kate
Stupples weight Loss
Tiger and Lindsey
And Mrs Sabbatini

All on page one here. Not exactly a serious site is it?
03.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterFWIW
"Not exactly a serious site is it?" fairness...Mr Shackelford I think does a great job filling in the holes and keeping the entertainment value up, especially when there are many days (most days) when let's face it, the golf news is not all that "interesting". So he has to come up with "stuff" to keep us (and his ownself) engaged. It can't be "all golf architecture, all the time". I don't care for the tabloid junk but what the heck it's fun sometimes.
03.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
@Bobby D.... you posted "It can't be all golf architecture, all the time"..... So true.

One only needs to go no further than some threads of GCA as proof.
03.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan

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