Test event on Olympic course planned for November


The first test event on the Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro has been scheduled for Nov. 26-29, a little more than eight months before golf returns to the Olympics for the first time in more than a century.

Officials released a schedule Wednesday of 44 test events across a variety of Olympic and Paralympic sports, a slate that will begin in July and conclude next May. The golf test event is in the second of three "waves," which will begin in November and conclude next February.

While lawsuits and delays pushed back the completion of course construction in Rio, designer Gil Hanse confirmed in January that the course had been completed and that "we're now in full grow-in mode."

The event will be called the Aquece Rio International Golf Challenge, though no further details were released regarding format or field makeup. When golf returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1904, fields of 60 men and 60 women will each compete in 72-hole, stroke-play competition.