Olympic Exhibition – A Boost for Golf
Story published at 13:00, Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
In anticipation of golf’s long-awaited return to the Olympics, leaders from the golf world came together to create “SWING!”, an educational golf exhibit set to be displayed in the fan zone at the golf venue during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, 6-21 August.
Before its transport to Rio, the exhibit will first be displayed in the Olympic Museum from December 9, 2015 to January 31, 2016 in Lausanne (Switzerland).
Under the guidance of the International Golf Federation, the World Golf Hall of Fame led a collaborative effort with its partner organizations, the British Golf Museum, USGA Museum and Golf Canada to conceive an easy-to-understand exhibition for fans at the Olympics.
SWING! is segmented into six “holes,” each offering a theme around the game: ‘Golf Today’; ‘Equipment’; ‘The Game’; ‘Emblematic Courses Worldwide’; ‘Golf and its Champions’; ‘Golf & the Olympics’.
Spanning nearly 1,000 square feet, the exhibition shares its stories of the game through video, graphics and text panels as well as with golf clubs, balls and unique artefacts.
“The creation and subsequent promotion of this exhibition is a boost for golf,” said World Golf Hall of Fame President Jack Peter. “Golf’s return to the Olympics is historic and we believe it is our responsibility to help educate those who are new to the game, its rules, the equipment and the game’s icons. With the help of our partners, we are confident that our exhibit will enable fans to interact and better understand the game in advance of next summer’s Games in Rio de Janeiro.”
Upon commencement of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, it will mark the first time golf has been included in the program since 1904.
International Golf Federation www.igfgolf.org
World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org