Golf course superintendent Neil Cleverly tackles Olympic golf task in Brazil with sense of adventure

Former British military man prepares Rio golf course for world stage in 2016 Olympic Games

by Craig Smith, GCSAA

Neil Cleverly welcomes a challenge. His calm demeanor belies an adventurous nature that leads his friends to call him the Indiana Jones of the golf course management business.

Neil Cleverly

Neil Cleverly

When he was hired in May 2013 to be the golf course superintendent for the Olympic course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he initially thought there was plenty of time to get things done. He had tackled start-up golf course constructions in remote areas before many times – Egypt, Dominican Republic and Mexico, to name a few. But nothing had prepared him for the challenges in Rio.

“I don’t panic. I am a thinking person,” said Cleverly, a 16-year member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. “But when I saw the equipment I had and the novice workforce I had, I thought, ‘Oh my God, are we really going to do this?’ It has been insane. But I love this job.”

Now two years into the job, there is no question in Cleverly’s mind that the golf course will be ready to host an Olympic event in August 2016, despite numerous challenges.

“Neil has been dedicated to this project above and beyond what any superintendent should be asked

to do,” said course architect Gil Hanse. “I can’t imagine we could have found anyone better for this project. His passion, tenacity and discipline have really been invaluable.”

“You have to embrace the culture around you,” Cleverly said. “It is what you make it. You can’t

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It will be the first time golf will be part of the Olympic Games in more than 100 years. The plan is for individual competition, with 60 men and 60 women competing in two 72-hole events, and the whole world will be watching and judging.

“I never felt like we weren’t going to make it,” said Hanse. “The project is too important to not get it finished. But, it took twice as long as it should have taken to build it.”

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greens and stiff zoysia fairways. The first test will come tentatively in November when the course at Reserva de Marapendi will host a PGA Tour LatinoAmerica event.

“We will really be testing the golf course,” said buy online cialis Clevery, a 56-year-old Londoner who served in the British military before turning to golf course management 25 years ago. “We want to see how it plays. If we have to make minor changes, we’ll have a year to get it done.”

And after the Olympics, the course will become a public facility for Brazil, which has grown over the last decade to become the second largest golf-playing nation in South America, behind Argentina. Brazil has more than 100 golf courses and 25,000 golfers.

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