Looking to play the best golf courses in China? GolfReviewsGuide.com picks out the top courses to play in China.
China, the most populated country in the world, has a growing community of golf fans and a fast-emerging list of top golf courses.
The summer season for golf in China is from June to August, a time of year when the weather is typically hot and wet. However, the vast country will see some region-to-region climatic variance.
Overall, golfers that visit this country can expect a lengthy golf season and hot weather in general when golf is in season.
In our list, we include five 18-hole best golf courses in China, all of which would be considered to be modern with the most historical course first opened as recently as 1995.
Spring City Golf & Lake Resort
Located in Yunnan, China, the Lake Course at the Spring City Golf and Lake Resort is the oldest course on our list. It has a sister course at the same resort, that being the Mountain Course.
The Lake Course opened in 1995, accomplished golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed it, and it plays as a par-72 affair at a length of 7,204 yards.
As the name suggests, the Lake Course is a lakeside test. The terrain of the course includes slopes so expect changes in elevations throughout the 18-holes. For instance, the eighth hole, which is a par-3, dips about 100-feet from the tee to the green.
The area is known for strong winds and the resort has risen to become a golf course destination for all of Asia over the last few decades.
The Dunes At Shenzhou Peninsula
Phil Smith and Tom Weiskopf, two accomplished golf-course designers, designed the West Course at The Dunes at Shenzhou Peninsula.
Located in the Hainan province of China, the course first opened in 2010 and has quickly emerged as one of China’s best golf courses.
It is a par-72 venue at a length of 6,835 yards, the shortest to make our list, and is a seaside course that has a links-style feel to it.
Golfers should expect some tight fairways, a course that offers ocean views, and some strong winds that add to the challenge.
Shanqin Bay Golf Club
The golf course at the Shanqin Bay Golf Club, which is located in the Hainan province of China, opened in 2011.
It is a par-71 contest at a length of 6,894 yards, and is a course that William Ernest Core and Ben Crenshaw designed.
The terrain at Shanqin Bay is considered to be rugged, a feature that added some design challenges for the architectural team.
Golfers should expect wide fairways, large greens, and sharp bunkers. With a location along the South China Sea, there are both beachfront and water views on this impressive course.
Sheshan International Golf Club
The Sheshan International Golf Club was established in 2004 and is a private course in Shanghai that plays as a par-72 at a decent length of 7,199 yards.
Neil Haworth, a Canadian architect, and Robin Nelson were the designers and the course has received high acclaim.
Dubbed “The Augusta National of China,” the amazing course has been placed with some of the best in the world.
Golfers should expect some forested terrain, a course at the base of a mountain, artificial ponds, and a venue that has made a very favorable impression on the golfing fraternity.
Mission Hills Golf Club
The Lava Fields Course at the Mission Hills Golf Club is located in the Hainan province of China.
The club itself is renowned for having scores of golf courses with the Haikou location featuring no less than 12 courses with the Lava Fields our favourite.
The Lava Fields Course is a par-72 venue and its length, 7,475 yards, makes it the lengthiest course to make our list.
Brian Curley, a noted architect in the Asia-Pacific region, designed the course. It is another one of the many modern courses in China that were designed earlier this century.
Mission Hills has hosted the Omega Mission Hills World Cup, Mission Hills Star Trophy and the PGA Tour‘s WGC-HSBC Champions in the past.
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