It's been a tumultuous ride, building a course purpose-built for the return of golf to the Olympics. But the latest tone from course architect Gil Hanse and the people involved with the Rio golf course is positive.
Golf Channel's Matt Ginella spoke with Gil Hanse at the recent PGA Merchandise Show about the progress of the most anticipated new golf course in 2016. Hanse said the course is in "immaculate condition."
"I was so impressed with the maturity of the course," Hanse said. "Now we're focused more on details and getting some of the out-of-play areas ready for the tournament as opposed to focusing on fairways and greens."
You can watch Hanse's full interview with Ginella below and see a full list of Hanse-designed courses and their ratings on his architects page .
Hanse on latest updates to Olympics course in Rio
During Morning Drive's Architects Week, Ginella and Hanse spoke a little more at length about all the pros and cons of building the high-profile Olympics course in Rio, which you can watch here .