Shanghai Links - China

Shanghai Links Golf & Country Club,
1600 Ling Bai Road,
Pudong New District,
201201 Shanghai,
China


  • +88 21 5897 5899

  • Golf Club Website

  • 13km N of Shanghai Pudong international airport

  • Members and their guests only

  • Danny Jiang

  • Jack Nicklaus

  • Not known

The private Jack Nicklaus Signature course at Shanghai Links Golf & Country Club is laid out within a large residential site close to where the mighty Yangtze River empties into the East China Sea.

In this windswept environment, it’s hard to imagine you are just half an hour’s drive away from the most populated city in China as you stride the links-like fairways of this seaside layout.

The Golden Bear routed the holes around the perimeter of a 410-acre property, with housing units occupying the middle portion of the site, allowing golfers uninterrupted sea views from the fairways on the east flank of the premises.

The landscape may be a little flat but that means there are no blind shots or hidden hazards to contend with. And because everything’s laid out before you, there’s absolutely no excuse for ending up in one of Jack’s trademark waste bunkers.
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Description: The private Jack Nicklaus Signature course at Shanghai Links Golf & Country Club is laid out within a large residential site close to where the mighty Yangtze River empties into the East China Sea. Rating: 6 out of 6 Reviews: 1

Shanghai Links Golf & Country Club is a seaside course laid out on flat terrain along the Yangtze River. Some tees and greens are elevated, providing minor ups & downs through the course. Wind plays a significant factor. Sometimes you may feel strong winds on the elevated tees but only a minor breeze on your second shot. Don’t let this fool you as strong winds are actually prevailing up in the air and you might end up with the wrong club selections. Likewise, when you hit down to lower greens, you will feel strong winds but your shot won’t be too affected by strong winds because of the lighter breezes lower down. Overall, the course is interesting and creates many illusions to players. Even if there is no wind, the course is a very high quality, challenging layout. You will feel like you’re playing in Scotland thanks to a links style atmosphere and testing winds throughout the entire course. There are 5 par 4s over 450 yards and they become extremely difficult on head winds. The landing areas of the tee shots are generous, but closer to the green more hazards will come into play to pressure you on the approaches. I think Shanghai Links is one of the best of the Nicklaus designed courses in the world regarding its great layout and the above mentioned magical illusions.

The par 3 173-yard 4th is a difficult hole over a lake. The green has two faces which divide into left and right with a much lower left side. When the pin is on the left, the hole becomes very demanding as the left of the green borders the lake. When you take precaution of the left lake and hit safely to the right side of the green, you might have a risk of 3 or 4 putts because of strong undulations. A bunker in front of the green also comes into play. Another great hole is the signature 401-yard par 4 14th, which is a slight dogleg to the left. Both the tee and second shots require you to clear water. If you are short of the green on the approach, the lake will catch your ball, and if you are long over the green, you are likely to hit a demanding shot from the heavy rough. The Par 4 453-yard 13th is a favorite, as this long hole is very challenging as wind often blows against you. You can drive hard as the fairway is wide but the demanding second shot needs the distance as well as accuracy because a lake makes inroads into the fairway in front of the green. This is a hole where you are very happy with a par. To read more about Shanghai Links Golf & Country Club, click here to visit my website.
6 / 6
Shanghai Links
December 16, 2014


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