American Society of Golf Course Architects

"Golfweek" profiles the path of Gil Hanse, ASGCA, to Brazil and beyond

The work of Gil Hanse, ASGCA, on the new 2016 Summer Olympic Games course in Brazil is drawing new attention to the background and career of the 49-year-old architect. Brad Klein of "Golfweek" provides a new profile.

The feature article discusses projects Hanse has worked on and the people he has met along the way, from his college days in Denver to time spent in Scotland, and a career designing numerous memorable courses.

Klein concludes the piece with a look toward what the results of the Rio project may show concerning Hanse's work:

"If and when Hanse finishes the course, this is what Brazilians and Olympians likely will find: a layout with all sorts of subtle intrigue, one that is easy to maintain and environmentally sensitive in terms of grasses and ornamental plants. They’ll find shared fairways, multiple options on tee shots and an abundance of half-par holes (short and long par 3s, 4s and 5s). And they’ll find plenty of width to accommodate the wind, as well as greens that vary dramatically in size, contour and accessibility.

"In short, they’ll find fun, and that elusive trait will flow from the depth of character that only an on-site design team can create."

The entire article can be found here.