Olympic course test event scheduled for August 2015


Last month R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said there will be a test event at the Olympic Golf Course before the 2016 Games are played in Brazil, he just didn’t know what that event might be or when it would be played.

According to a “draft test event calendar” for the ’16 Games, golf’s test event will be played on Aug. 15, 2015, but there were no further details on what that event might be.

There had been some speculation that the Latin American Amateur, which is scheduled to be played Jan. 15-18, 2015, in Argentina, could serve as the test event for the new Gil Hanse-designed golf course, but it seems more likely that it would be a PGA Tour Latinoamerica event.

“I think there are a number of options. I think you're going to see it's either a professional event or an elite amateur event,” Dawson said.

Concern had been building in recent months that construction delays at the Olympic course could delay the test event, but officials said they were encouraged by the current progress at the course and the likelihood a test event could be played, although it seemed unlikely any changes could be made to the course before the Games are played.

“If it is one year later, you're going to be looking at some time in the late ’15-early ’16 time frame, which would inhibit any significant changes,” said Ty Votaw, the vice president of the International Golf Federation, at Hoylake. “It's just a question of when the golf course gets completed will determine how that gets selected.”