The Olympic Course Experience: Hole No. 9

The par-4 ninth hole of the Rio Olympic Course is deceivingly tricky even though it's short. It plays 369 yards for the men and 324 yards for the women. Watch an exclusive flyover tour with commentary from the 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 music)
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[Narrator] The Par four ninth hole
00:13
of the Rio Olympic course is deceivingly
00:14
tricky even though it's short.
00:16
There's a cashew tree growing on a dune
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about 120 yards from the tee
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that we intentionally left there 'cause
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it creates a semi-blind tee shot.
00:25
Players might try to drive this green
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and get close or they might hit
00:28
hybrids or irons off the tee,
00:31
depending on the wind and the pin placement.
00:33
This is one of the coolest green complexes we've ever built.
00:36
There are two significant mounds,
00:38
front left and front right, with a
00:39
small green tucked behind them.
00:41
Here's that well-placed cashew tree again.
00:43
You can see to the left and right of it
00:45
but you really can't see over the top.
00:48
The players are really going to have to pay attention
00:50
to their angles coming into this green.
00:55
(upbeat music)
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