Tiger Beach - China

Tiger Beach Golf Links,

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  • 5 km SE of Haiyang

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Located between the cities of Qingdao and Yantai on the southern flank of the Shandong Peninsula, the remarkable course at Tiger Beach Golf Links was set out by Beta Soong, a Taiwanese developer, who took four years to fashion his version of a Scottish links along the coastline of the Yellow Sea.

To prepare for the construction of the layout, Mr Soong travelled to Great Britain where he visited and played many of the classic old links of Scotland and Ireland to get a feel for what was needed to transform a flat tract of land into one that offered an authentic links golf experience.

And so, sand dunes were shaped to frame the holes, firm and fast fairways were prepared, pot bunkers were positioned around small contoured greens and thick fescue was grown on just about every non-maintained part of the property.

Highlight holes include the 555-yard 5th which plays to an infinity green (a replica Swilcan Bridge also features on this hole) and the 374-yard 7th, where the fairway doglegs left to a two-tiered green that’s defended by a couple of pot bunkers on the right.

On the inward half, the 191-yard 12th and 196-yard 16th are standout par threes. The raised green on the former is guarded at the front by two pot bunkers so tee shots must not be short. On the latter, the wind is normally against, so marking a "3" on the scorecard as you walk off this three-tiered green is a fine achievement.

Unfortunately in April 2019, the course at Tiger Beach closed. The owner is building a new course nearby. It remains to be seen whether the new course will be as good, better, or worse than the old one.

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Description: Located on the Shandong Peninsula, Tiger Beach Golf Links was designed by Beta Soong, a Taiwanese developer, who took four years to fashion his version of a Scottish links on a tract of land overlooking the Yellow Sea. Unfortunately in April 2019 Tiger Beach closed. Rating: 8 out of 10 Reviews: 1
Kimi Hoshiyama
Tiger Beach Golf Links is a links course laid out on flat, coastal terrain. It is amazing that a Taiwanese owner himself designed this course after he became inspired by the great links courses in Great Britain and Ireland. In preparing to design the course, he visited, played and photographed a great many of the classic Scottish and Irish links courses. I think the results are really quite spectacular and Tiger Beach will give players a comfortable feeling that they are playing a genuine links course – and I’ve also played some of those British links courses. Tiger Beach features picturesque views overlooking the Yellow Sea, rough sand dunes covered in wild fescue, rolling fairways punctuated by pot bunkers and undulating greens. The thick fescue flanks the relatively tight fairways, which requires accurate shots. The strong winds, if any, will add greatly to the degree of difficulty. You can play great links courses on Hainan Island but this course is currently the only links in mainland China.

The shoreline seen from the second green is beautiful. Some views of the Yellow Sea are fantastic, equal to Scotland. When I played there, it was fun to watch over 20 goats led by a shepherd that were allowed to roam around the course in the late afternoon, which is surely unique when you encounter them during playing. The Par 3 204-yard 6th is a charming hole where the green, slightly elevated and surrounded by bunkers, looks like it's floating in the rough, so the right club selection is important. The Par 4 460-yard 7th is really tough. Two pot bunkers are placed on the right side of the green that is steeply undulating and double-tiered. You can also enjoy a superb ocean view off the tee. To read more about Tiger Beach Golf Links, click here to visit my website.
December 23, 2014
8 / 10
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