The 18-hole layout at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club is a Dana Fry collaboration with local designer Jun Lu which opened for member play in 2013.
Fry used his experience working at Calusa Pines in Florida at the start of the new millennium to transform a similar, naturally flat site by creating several large lakes then using around a million cubic metres of fill to fashion contours around the property.
Consequently, more than half the holes have water in play, with six thousand trees planted to add definition to the layout as they mature.
The club hosted the Buick LPGA Shanghai tournament on the LPGA Tour in 2018 when Danielle Kang won her second career event by two strokes from seven other players. A year later, she returned for a repeat victory.
Qizhong is an excellent golf club with nice facilities and a great team of golf coaches. The driving range and practice areas are vast, with a very large putting and chipping area.
Service here is good, with caddies fixing divots and giving out yardages. Although summer days in Shanghai can be blistering hot there are halfway houses to cool off in. The gentle slopes and and hill of the course (given that Shanghai is very flat) are manageable and give challenge to any golfer. Young trees line the fairways, with time the course will continue to mature into a gem.
A excellent golf course that has already hosted the Buick LPGA Shanghai Tournament.