Eight companies vying for Olympic course design

Eight companies have been named finalists for the right to build the course that will be used for golf's return to the Olympics in 2016.

The Golf Course Architectural Services RFP finalists are: Gary Player Design, Greg Norman Golf Course Design, Hanse Golf Design, Hawtree Ltd., Nicklaus Design, Renaissance Golf, Robert Trent Jones II and Thomson-Perret Golf Course Architects.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Committee will announce early in 2012 which company's bid will be accepted for the new Olympic venue, which will mark the sport's return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.