When golf returns to the Olympics in 2016, Neil Cleverly has the honor of preparing the course for the world's finest players.
Cleverly, a 15-year GCSAA International Superintendent Member, was chosen to be the superintendent of the golf course that is being built in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The architect, Gil Hanse, confirmed it in an email to GCM.
"He is doing a great job!" Hanse says.
Cleverly previously worked at Riviera Cancun Country Club. More than a decade ago, he was an intern for Tim Hiers, CGCS, director of agronomy at The Old Colliers Club in Naples, Fla.
"It was right after 9/11. He was with me about 18 months," Hiers says. "Neil is a very intense, inquisitive, driven guy. We were doing some things with brackish water and paspalum, and I assigned him a research project, important data. What he did with it helped us cut four to five years out of the learning curve. He was just an incredible researcher."
This will be the first time golf has been included in the Olympics since 1904. The course is being built at Reserva de Marapendi.