Norman has designs on 2016 Olympic course

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:04 PM ET

JOHNS CREEK, GA. - Greg Norman butted heads with Nick Faldo on the golf course when both were in their primes.

Things haven't changed.

Norman told Faldo this week he didn't like the Brit's idea of putting together a committee of major championship winners to design the course in Brazil upon which the 2016 Games tournament will be played in golf's return to the Olympics.

"He has his point of view and I have my point of view," Norman said. "I think it's a little bit of a harder issue than what it is. We talked about it and I said, 'Nick you left a lot of great designers of that, (Tom) Fazio and Pete Dye, just to name two, right?' There are a lot of great architects who have done the game of golf a lot of good who could also be included. We had a great conversation. It's just no big deal."

Norman has proposed teaming with retired LPGA great Lorena Ochoa. So has a tandem of Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam.

Would trying to get a big committee of star players and architects, with their accompanying egos, be a problem?

"I don't think it has anything to do with egos, I really don't," Norman said. "It's just what is the best way to get this thing done? If everybody has put their bid in... I've done it with Lorena Ochoa. Nicklaus has done it with Sorenstam. It's hard to change that all up all of a sudden. Nick's view is Nick's view. We'll just see how it all plays out."

Time is becoming a factor, though.

"(The IOC) better make a decision before the end of this year," Norman said. "Part of the charter is they've got to have a tournament there in 2015, a test run, right? To get to 2015, 12 months of environmental issues. It takes time, and time is running out -- 2012 next year. You basically only have 2 1/2 years to build a golf course and grow it in. It's a big effort."

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