Rio’s Olympic golf course features helipad, very little grass (CORRECTION: It’s the site of future apartment buildings)


This photo was taken in June. (Reuters)

CORRECTION 10 A.M. THURSDAY

Wade has corrected himself on Twitter, saying the photo he posted of what he thought was the course’s second hole is actually the site of future apartment buildings.

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The International Olympic Committee is now saying that Rio de Janeiro’s preparations for the 2016 Olympics are in great shape, and that they fully expect all the venues to be ready two years from now. Apparently, they forgot to check out the golf course at Reserva de Marapendi, southwest of downtown Rio. AP writer Stephen Wade did while taking a tour of some Olympic construction sites, and found a course that barely rises to the level of dog track.

But the helipad looks ready to roll, in case you feel like flying in for a quick 18.

Golf is returning to the Olympics for the first time since 1904. In January, CNN talked with course architect Gil Hanse. “We’re kind of at a critical juncture in the construction, where we’re awaiting the irrigation materials to arrive from the United States,” Hanse said. “Hopefully the installation of those materials starts soon thereafter, early January, and if all goes well, we’ll have water flying sometime in March and we’ll start putting grass on the ground then.”

Based on Wade’s photo, the water has yet to fly.

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