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Grass-planting at Rio golf course begins amid delay concerns

20 May 2014

The Olympic Golf Course in Barra de Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro is taking shape. Earlier this week the process of planting grass commenced on the first of the 18 holes, hole number 8.

Grassing is considered to be the final stage of the project and the predicted timeline for grass growth is 11 months. 

"We have taken another important step in constructing the Olympic Golf Course today. The planting of grass is the last construction activity for each hole on the course, following the completion of the earthworks, irrigation and finishing," explained Agberto Guimarães, Rio 2016 Director of Sport and Paralympic Integration. 

The golf venue, which began construction in April 2013, is considered to be one of the greatest legacies of the 2016 Games.

Following the Olympic competitions, it will be opened to the public and will become the first public golf course in the city of Rio, contributing to the popularisation of the sport, which is returning to the Olympic programme after 112 years.

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