Review for Spring City (Mountain)

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TaylorMade

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Sitting 2,000 meters (6,500 ft.) above sea level, the Mountain course at Spring City Golf & Lake Resort has a year round spring-like climate with a huge and beautiful lake creating a perfect backdrop. I personally think that the goodness of layout is not only one of the best in China but in Asia. Relatively generous fairways allow you to let loose with your driver, but a lot of strategically placed sand bunkers and grassy hollows demand precise approach shots and the large, seriously contoured greens make for challenging putting. The surrounding superb views coupled with the lovely curves of the fairways and greens across the course, which is unique to Nicklaus designed courses, create an artistic beauty. The course conditions are excellent: the greens are fast and the fairways are like carpets.

The Par 4 416-yard 7th is a beautiful hole with a drive over a lake. The lake crosses the entire width of the fairway and a carry of 240 yards is needed to clear the right side of the lake to the fairway. The fairway is tight and bush on the left and the creek on the right come into play. The green is big and has a severely contoured putting surface, so you might have 3 putts if your ball is far from the pin. The Par 5 597-yard 9th is a gentle dogleg to the left with the downhill second & third shots. The second shot must be strategically placed as a series of bunkers down the middle split this into a double fairway. Going left will leave an easier chip for the third shot, but going right to the wider part of the fairway will force you into a harder approach over deep bunkers. The Par 4 465-yard 18th is a very long “signature hole”. The approach shot is extremely difficult. A long iron or a fairway wood must carry over the intimidating ravine that runs 10 yards short of the elevated green. If in any doubt about reaching it in 2, laying up short of the ravine is the safe option. To read more about the Mountain course at Spring City click here to visit my website.

Date: December 15, 2014


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