No.99 Dongqihang Road,
Pudong International Airport,
- +86 21 6835 9991
40 kms E of downtown Shanghai
Members and their guests only
Located next to Shanghai Pudong International Airport, on the estuary where the mighty Yangtze River empties into the South China Sea, Dongzhuang Beach Golf Club presents its members with two contrasting 18-hole layouts.
The Parkland course features ponds, streams and tree-lined fairways while the Linksland course offers a links-like experience with firm and fast playing conditions, wooden sleepered pot bunkers and irregular landforms.
Wind is a major factor in how each hole plays from one game to the next so the architect has built in sufficient fairway width to allow approach play to the greens from a wide variety of angles.
“This course is quite challenging to all levels of playing skills and to go around it well requires keeping the ball in play and out of the tall grass as well as low, under the wind, which is the key to playing links golf in Scotland and Ireland,” architect Mark Hollinger said.
“It is difficult for most players the first time around it and a true putting stroke is required to save par. There are many elevated tees and massive greens, with the fairways playing low among the man-made dunes.
The overall experience is authentic as the wind, long grasses, pushed-up greens and sometimes cool temperatures are quite similar to other famous links land courses… so bring along your best game and your whiskey flask.”
Dongzhuang Beach Golf Club has 36 holes built on former tidal flats and marshes on the coastline near Pudong Airport. There's the Linksland and the scenic Parkland course, both designed by JMP group. This Linksland course is a classic Links style seaside course with artificially created dunes, long roughs to knee height and pot bunkers. The course is quite long at 7,500 yards. Some ponds come into play and many bunkers are strategically placed. When the sea winds are strong, the course becomes really tough.
The clubhouse is temporary. The course now starts with the strong 447-yard par 4 and finishes with an ordinary 219-yard par 3. Don’t be fooled by the routing. With the new clubhouse planned to be built several years from now, the current par 5 570-yard 17th will become the opening hole, and the current par 5 557-yard par 5 will become the great finishing hole. Thus, each hole will move by two holes to end up with much nicer flow of 18 holes.
The 447-yard par 4 is a demanding slight dogleg to the left. The fairway off the tee is narrow with a pond on the left and a fairway bunker on the right. The approach shot is gently uphill. The green is deep and double-tiered and is guarded by a deep bunker on its back right. The par 5 557-yard 16th is dogleg to the left. The fairway is relatively tight with a pond and a narrow bunker on the left and deep rough on both tee and second shots. The green is highly elevated with a deep bunker on the front left and the pond to the left of the green. When you hit the green in two, you should aim toward the right edge of the green to avoid the hazard.