The Olympic Course Experience: Hole No. 1

The par-5 first hole of the Rio Olympic Course plays 604 yards for the men and 536 yards for the women. Watch an exclusive flyover tour with commentary from course architect Gil Hanse.

Released on 7/25/2016

Credits

Starring: Narrated by architect Gil Hanse
Director of Photography: Bret Kalmbach

Transcript

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(upbeat light rock music)
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[Narrator] The first hole of
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the Rio Olympic course is a par 5
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that plays 604 yards for the male contestants
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and 536 yards for the women.
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This tee shot plays downwind to
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a heavily- unkered landing area
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roughly 290 to 340 yards from the back tees.
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The pros can also play a safer tee shot
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out to the right, but then this long dune
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will block their view of the second shot landing area.
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The green has significant mounding
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across the front right, so any players going
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for it in two really need to be careful
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not to get on the wrong side of the mounds.
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Here's a closer look at one of
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those fairway bunkers in the driver landing area,
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and the dune that's in the center
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of the fairway 140 yards from the green.
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And here you can see just how severe
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the mounding is around this green.
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