Published: Dec 02, 2011 11:10 PM EST
Updated: Dec 03, 2011 7:30 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Brazilian officials say Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Jr. and other top golf course architects are in the running to design the 2016 Olympic course.

It will be the first time golf is played at the Olympics in more than a century.

The companies in the final selection list were announced Friday. The course will be built in Rio de Janeiro, likely in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, which will hold most of the Olympic venues.

Applicants had to show prior course design experience, and have an office established in Rio. The winner will be paid $300,000 for the design.

The Olympic organizing committee has said the course should leave a legacy to the city, and serve in youth sports education and events after the games.

The winner is expected to be announced early next year.