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Officials: Construction on Rio course 59 percent completed

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An aerial view taken on June 28, 2014, of the construction site of the golf course for the Rio 2016 Olympic games. (Getty)

Construction at the course that will host the 2016 Olympic Games is 59 percent completed, according a release issued by Rio 2016 officials late last week.

According to officials, five of the 18 holes have been sodded and irrigation now reaches two-thirds of the course.

Construction of the Olympic course, which is being designed by Gil Hanse, has been hampered by numerous delays and the “grown in” should take around 11 months, leaving little time to play a planned test event before the ’16 Games.

Last month at the Open Championship officials with the International Golf Federation said they were pleased with the current progress of the Rio course but warned, “we feel that the landowner/developer needs to continue doing what he's doing over the last few months to continue this momentum and move from a construction stage into a grow-in and operational and maintenance stage. If they do that we feel that this schedule is certainly achievable,” said IGF vice president Ty Votaw.

Rio 2016 released a “tentative” test event calendar last month, and the golf competition is scheduled to begin Aug. 15, 2015, although no official announcement has been made regarding the event which will likely be a PGA Tour Latinoamerica tournament.