China

China is a world rather than a country. You will need a great deal of time and money to travel thoroughly around this cultural centre of Eastern Asia and the world’s fourth largest country. It is just as well that China is big because it’s home to a great many people – this is the world’s most populous country. We have much more than the Chinese Takeaway for which to thank them. Paper money began here in China, along with gunpowder and credit banking. Where might China be now if it wasn’t for the authoritarianism of Chairman Mao? Perhaps without Mao, China would boast at least as many golf courses as the USA, but the reality is that golf outside Hong Kong is a relatively new sport and the Republic's golfing heritage reaches back only a few decades.

We’re not too sure exactly when the Golf Association of the Republic of China was founded, but the game of golf here in the east is still the preserve of the wealthy. Nevertheless, China has the world’s biggest golf club at Mission Hills, perched high on the Hong Kong border. This 216-hole super club has twelve courses (seven at Shenzhen and five at Dongguan), all of which have been designed by world-renowned architects from five continents. Els, Faldo, Norman, Duval, Ozaki, Leadbetter, Olazábal and Nicklaus have all signed their name indelibly at Mission Hills. But the best layouts in the Mission Hills twenty-two course portfolio are actually located at Haikou on Hainan Island, where the Schmidt-Curley Design team fashioned each of the ten courses.

We last updated our China Top 50 rankings in December 2017. Click the link to read the story.

Crackdown on Golf in China

Top 100 Golf Courses - China

Shanqin Bay

1st China Ranking

Constructed in a manner unlike anything that’s been built before in China, the Shanqin Bay golf course just might become the benchmark for those still to come... assuming the authorities do not commandeer the fairways.

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Description: Constructed in a manner unlike anything that’s been built before in China, the Shanqin Bay golf course just might become the benchmark for those still to come... assuming the authorities do not commandeer the fairways. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Spring City (Lake)

2nd China Ranking

For what is ostensibly a resort layout, the Lake golf course at Spring City, Kunming, is a tough test. No hole could be described as easy.

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Description: For what is ostensibly a resort layout, the Lake golf course at Spring City, Kunming, is a tough test. No hole could be described as easy. Rating: 5 out of 6

Dunes at Shenzhou Peninsula (East)

3rd China Ranking

Located on the south side of Hainan Island, a mere 60 minutes by high speed train from Haikou, the 36-hole Dunes at Shenzhou Peninsula golf complex was designed by Tom Weiskopf and his associate Phil Smith.

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Sheshan International

4th China Ranking

Sheshan International Golf Club is the epitome of Shanghai and it’s an intoxicating blend of Chinese tradition and international modernity.

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Description: Sheshan International Golf Club is the epitome of Shanghai and it’s an intoxicating blend of Chinese tradition and international modernity. Rating: 6 out of 6

Mission Hills (Blackstone)

5th China Ranking

Venue for the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in 2011, the Blackstone course on Hainan Island covers 350 acres of a rugged landscape that’s dominated by lava rock, lakes and wetlands.

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Description: Venue for the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in 2011, the Blackstone course on Hainan Island covers 350 acres of a rugged landscape that’s dominated by lava rock, lakes and wetlands. Rating: 3.5 out of 6

Shanghai Links

6th China Ranking

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.

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Description: 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. Rating: 6 out of 6

Spring City (Mountain)

7th China Ranking

The Jack Nicklaus designed Mountain golf course at Spring City in China kept a little closer to the resort brief and is consequently a more forgiving course compared with Trent Jones Jnr's design slightly lower down the hill.

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Description: The Jack Nicklaus designed Mountain golf course at Spring City in China kept a little closer to the resort brief and is consequently a more forgiving course compared with Trent Jones Jnr's design slightly lower down the hill. Rating: 5 out of 6

Jian Lake Blue Bay

8th China Ranking

The Jian Lake Blue Bay golf course, located on Hainan Island, debuted in 2012, seven years after its older sibling opened on the Chinese mainland at Shaoxing. Fashioned by Mark Hollinger of JMP Golf Design, Blue Bay is one of Hainan’s many top golfing attractions.

Nanjing Zhongshan International (Mountain & Lake)

9th China Ranking

The Mountain and Lake nines at the 27-hole Nanjing Zhongshan International Golf Club hosted the second edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014, with thirty-two mixed gender junior teams competing in a 54-hole stroke play event.

Dunes at Shenzhou Peninsula (West)

10th China Ranking

The West course at the Dunes at Shenzhou Peninsula opened first in 2010, two years ahead of the East, and both were constructed such that a composite course can easily be configured for future tournament play.

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Description: The West course at the Dunes at Shenzhou Peninsula opened first in 2010, two years ahead of the East, and both were constructed such that a composite course can easily be configured for future tournament play. Rating: 3 out of 6