Olympic Golf Preview: Course, Players, Scene in Rio

August 9, 2016

Golf is back at the Olympics, which is nice because we’ve been waiting for quite some time … 112 years to be exact.

In the run up to the Olympics we’ve podcasted a bunch, most recently with Alan Shipnuck who is down in Rio onsite at the Olympic Golf Course. Shipnuck weighed in this week on the brand new course, why the players seem to love it and what fans will see when they tune into Golf Channel and NBC throughout the weekend. Check out Shipnuck’s boots-on-the-ground report in the embed below.

As Shipnuck alludes to in the podcast, golf at the Olympics didn’t get off to a great start this year. Last month, we sat down with Josh Sens, GOLF Magazine writer and former Brazil resident to figure out how we can fix golf as an event at the Olympics.

It’s possible that golf doesn’t make sense as an Olympic sport, but to the local people in Brazil, golf is a very different concept than it is in America. In Brazil, golf means something much different. Jeff Ritter shot a documentary about golf in Brazil earlier this year and talked about what the sport means to the locals.