The eight leading golf course designers, all of whom made presentations to the judging panel in Rio last week, had been expecting to hear the decision on Friday.
Instead a statement was issued which read: “The Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games has completed the interview stage of the phase three in the international contest for the selection of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games golf course design. Rio 2016 was extremely pleased with the high quality of the eight proposals submitted. The contest winner and the design will be announced in March upon the visit of the International Olympic Committee to Rio de Janeiro for the fifth Rio 2016 project review meeting.”
The architects who have made it through to this final phase are Gary Player Design; Greg Norman Golf Course Design (who has teamed up with Mexican golfer Lorena Ochoa); Hanse Golf Design; Hawtree Ltd; Nicklaus Design (teamed with Sweden-born Annika Sorenstam); Renaissance Golf; Robert Trent Jones II; and Thomson-Perrett Golf Course Architects.
The selected candidate will receive a design fee of $300,000.