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.
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.