Thursday, March 7, 2013
Games designer 'up against deadline'
ESPN.com news services
Gil Hanse, the designer for the 2016 Olympic Games course, said Thursday that his design team is "right up against the deadline now" to get the layout ready for test tournaments scheduled for 2015.
Hanse, speaking on Golf Channel's "Morning Drive" program, sounded hopeful but also frustrated by delays that have plagued golf's return to the Olympic Games for the first time in 112 years.
"It just seems like there's this bureaucracy that won't seem to let its tentacles go," said Hanse, who hopes to begin moving dirt on the property that will be home to the course around April 1. "I'm disappointed in that. I'm disappointed in myself because I thought, gosh, it's the Olympics, you can't get any bigger than that. They've got to be able to just move this through.
"Unfortunately I was dead wrong with that."
The delays come from a legal dispute over the land ownership of the site of the planned course.
Hanse also is redesigning the TPC Blue Monster at Doral. His work will begin immediately following this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.