You’ll need a precise short game to score well at Shenzhen Golf Club, one of China’s must-play golf courses.
The Vintage course is one of ten layouts at the Mission Hills mega-club at Haikou on Hainan Island and it’s Brian Curley’s tropical tribute to “MacRaynor” Golden Age designs such as NGLA, Chicago and Fishers Island. Even the flagsticks pay homage to Merion’s once-unique wicker baskets.
The golf course at Luxehills International Country Club is a 2005 Mark Hollinger design. It’s one of the very best layouts in the west of China and host to the OneAsia Tour’s Luxehills Championship.
Stretching out along the southern shore of the Huanggang reservoir, an hour’s drive southeast of downtown Tianjin, the Pete Dye course at Binhai Lake Golf Club (fashioned by Schmidt-Curley Design) hosted two editions of the Volvo China Open, in 2012 and 2013.
Honghua International Golf Club in Beijing is a Nick Faldo design that opened for play in 2004 and four years later the club hosted the Volvo China Open. Adroit bunkering and intricate green complexes feature prominently.
Jim Engh’s rolling Master course at Dongguan Hillview Golf Club opened in 1999. It’s now the top track at this 36-hole facility and it’s a supremely challenging design from an architect that loves risk.
Opened in 2000, the A course at Agile Golf & Country Club was laid out by JMP Golf Design Group in a dramatic mountain setting. The "A" just gets our nod ahead of the Schmidt & Curley-designed B layout at this impressive 36-hole facility.
Opened in 1999, the Faldo course at Mission Hills Shenzhen is billed as being China’s first stadium course and it has it’s own equivalent of the famous 17th island hole at TPC Sawgrass at the par three 16th.
The Jack Nicklaus designed World Cup course at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenshen, China was named one of the 10 “Most Influential Golf Courses of the Last 20 Years” by a leading golf magazine in July 2008.
Situated beside the Formosa Straits that separate China from Taiwan, the part-woodland, part-seaside course at the Trans Strait Golf Club is a Robert Trent Jones Jnr design from the late 1990s which the local workforce literally built by hand.