Its been over 100 years since golf has been featured as an official program of the Olympics. For two consecutive Olympic games, once in 1900 and again in 1904, Olympic golf featured men and women’s individual events; a mens team event in 1904. As of now the U.S still holds the ranking at number one with three gold medals, three silver and two bronze since the discontinuation of Golf in 1904.

The Gold will be up for grabs again in 2016 apparently. In 2009 Golf and Rugby were officially voted backed into Olympics to be featured in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The Republic of Ireland’s three-time major winner Padraig Harrington told a news conference in Copenhagen that the Olympics would soon surpass the majors in importance.”I do believe in time the Olympic gold will become the most important event in golf and I don’t believe it will take that long,” he said.

The course is currently being designed and built by Gil Hanse in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil to be called “The Rio 2016 Golf Club”. The top 15 golfers in the world gain automatic entry, limited to two golfers per country.

The proposed Olympic competition for both men and women is a 72-hole individual stroke play tournament, with the lowest score earning the gold medal. In case of a tie for either first, second or third place, a three-hole playoff will determine the medal winner(s).

References:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/olympic_games/8292584.stm

http://golf.about.com/od/tourmajorevents/l/bl2016olympicsgolftournament.htm