Nicolas Colsaerts slams plight of Rio course

2016 12 Nicolas Colsaerts
• Nicolas Colsaerts criticises Brazilian authorites over Rio course
• The Gil Hanse-designed course now almost empty on daily basis
• "For the organisation to just f**k off is disappointing," he said

NICOLAS COLSAERTS | OLYMPIC GOLF

Olympian Nicolas Colsaerts has criticised Brazilian authorities for allowing the Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro to ‘rot’.


The $19m Gil Hanse-designed course, which was built specifically for the event, is now almost empty on daily basis largely due to the green fees charged to locals, many of who have no interest in or ability to play golf.
"For the organisation to just, all of a sudden, f**k off... is disappointing" - Nicolas Colsaerts

Late last month, it was revealed that ProGolf – the firm that manages the course – were having to dig into their own budget to keep the course alive, with a source admitting that the course’s long-term future was incredibly bleak.

Read more -> Olympic Golf Course could 'die' very soon

Golf - Olympics: Day 7

And Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, who finished T30 in golf’s return to the Olympic fold back in August, couldn’t hide his feelings about the course’s plight.

“It is disappointing,” Nicolas Colsaerts told bunkered.co.uk ahead of the annual PGA Scotland lunch.
"As an athlete, you feel like you’re part of a much bigger thing than your sport" - Nicolas Colsaerts

“As an athlete, you feel like you’re part of a much bigger thing than your sport. You’re representing sport in general all over the world.

“To see the amount of time that people have put in to put a golf course like this for the organisation to just, all of a sudden, f**k off and leave one of the good golf courses we played this year to rot like this is disappointing.

Read more -> US Ryder Cup star 'irritated' by Olympic Golf

Olympic Golf

Read more -> "IOC can't dump Olympic Golf" - Player

“We’ve seen it with all the different sports. It’s up to the local government to try and find a solution to get these sites to keep working and keep active.
"It’s just sad to see that how much time was invested into the process for it to be left to rot" - Nicolas Colsaerts

“Obviously, the golf course would be more expensive to keep running than a municipal swimming pool but it’s just sad to see that how much time was invested into the process for it to be left to rot.”

After a build-up tarnished by the high-profile withdrawals of several big name players, golf’s Olympic return was widely praised after Great Britain's Justin Rose landed gold and, as a result, is expected to remain beyond Tokyo 2020.


Nicolas Colsaerts slams plight of Rio golf course


What do you make of the big-hitting Belgian's comments regarding the current situation surrounding the Olympic Golf Course? Leave your thoughts in the 'Comments' section below.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
A SIMPLE DRILL TO FIX YOUR SLICE | GOLF EXPLAINED
Golf Lessons
play button
6 ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR WINTER GOLF
golf coaching
play button
Introducing... the top 5 drivers of 2020!
Drivers
play button
REAL GAME CHANGERS – Titleist TSi metalwoods review
Titleist
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Sir Sean Connery: Golf pays tribute to James Bond great
Golfer is first woman to play all of Scotland's courses
Gleneagles to host 2022 Senior Open
Masters schedule released with one key feature AXED
Ocean Tee making sustainable waves on European Tour

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Keep the body and arms connected
Watch
play button
Take the club away on the correct path
Watch
play button
Maintain your balance throughout golf swing
Watch
play button
Stand closer to the golf ball at address
Callaway
See all videos right arrow