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Hanse: 'Cannot rush final details' of Olympic course

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TURNBERRY, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Adam Scott of Australia hits out of a bunker on the 11th hole during a practice round prior to the 138th Open Championship on the Ailsa Course, Turnberry Golf Club on July 15, 2009 in Turnberry, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)  - 

Gil Hanse said Monday that even though the progress in Rio has been slow and steady, he and his team “cannot rush the final details” on the 2016 Olympic golf course or it won’t turn out as desired. 

One of the main issues that has arisen has been getting everyone on the ground in Brazil on the same page.

The contractors that have been retained are Brazilian, which was one of the requirements of the International Olympic Committee. Those contractors, however, have never worked on such a large-scale project that requires such attention to detail, Hanse said.

“We don’t have a very long time frame to go through a learning curve,” Hanse said on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive”. “We have to hit the ground running once we start doing the finished work. We’ve assembled a great team of our guys, but the four of us can’t finish a golf course.

“My greatest fear right now is because of all the time that has been sort of lost along the way, we cannot rush the details,” he continued. “Ultimately, the details are what makes a great golf course, and those sorts of things can’t all of a sudden be, well, you’ve got 30 days, get it done. That ultimately won’t present a golf course that any of us will be proud of, or the game of golf will be proud of. As long as we get the opportunity to get the details right, everything will turn out great.”

Earlier this month, Hanse said that the Olympic course will “definitely” be ready for the 2016 Games and that the Latin America Amateur could potentially serve as the test event.