China: 5 Top Golf Courses to Play
Golf is the fastest growing sport in China and scores high on the country’s ambitious tourism agenda as a golfing playground. China offers some spectacular golf courses set in wealthy and temperate provinces amongst stunning and unique settings. These are the 5 golf courses we have selected for the enjoyment of our golfers on our China Golf Tour.
Spring City Golf and Lake Resort – Kunming
Play China’s #1 and #2 Golf Courses.
Sitting 1,770 metres above the sea level and surrounded by natural hot springs, Spring City Golf and Lake Resort is Kunming’s eco-golf sanctuary and a world-class holiday resort that comprises two 18-hole championship mountain and lake golf courses. Both courses have received over 80 world class awards in the past decade. US Golf Digest included the Lake course in its “100 Best Golf Courses outside the United States“.
The two golf courses are fantastic – interesting, varied and very well maintained. The practice facilities are excellent. You will be challenged by the design and lightning greens. The Lake course has the best views and is a tight course with seemingly innocent rough that catches and hides balls (take plenty for this course!). The Mountain course has much more forgiving fairways. You will appreciate the caddies who are knowledgeable and will work very hard for you.
Yulong Bay Golf Club – Kunming
This incredibly maintained course is known for its twisting lake that resembles that of a dragon. Fittingly, the term ‘yulong’ is Mandarin for ‘dragon’. Ranked 4th in China’s Top 20 Courses by Golf Digest, the Yulong Bay course provides for an amazing round of golf – particularly with holes that sit right on the lake. The course designer has intentionally chosen to route holes either straight uphill or downhill to enhance the lookout area presenting stunning views of the lake and surrounding hills.
Grande Hills International Golf Course
The natural environment at Grande Hills presents a unique and beautiful landscape for golf. The course’s complex layout and features make it a difficult round for even the most experienced golfers. Narrow fairways, man-made lakes, numerous bunkers and forest all combine to create a fair challenge. That’s not to say this course isn’t enjoyable – it really is a memorable day’s play. The course is very well-maintained and the stunning flora that surrounds the fairways add to your game.
Luxe Hills International Country Club
Recognised as one of the best courses in the west of China, this course is a tree-lined, parkland layout with many attractive, challenging holes to enjoy. It is a high-end private golf club so you know the fairways are maintained to an immaculate condition. The course consists of wide fairways and plenty of bunkers, therefore, strategic shot selections are key to mastering the layout.
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