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.
Date: December 20, 2018