China on business. China for the sights. China for food. China for culture. How about China for some golfing too? With over 500 golf courses spread across the country there is a lot of golfing that awaits the intrepid traveller to China. The next time you want to go on a golf holiday look no further than China.

Let’s start with Beijing where you have the Beijing International Golf Club, close to the picturesque Ming Tomb Reservoir. This 18 hole, par 72 golf course has played host to the VOLVO China Open for 3 consecutive years. The toughest hole? Undoubtedly the 7th with a 405-yard fairway and par 4.

The Mission Hill World Cup Golf Course in Shenzhen is the world’s largest golf complex as accredited by the Guinness World Records. Its twelve 18-hole golf courses are designed by the game’s greatest players and course architects, and spread across an area of over 20 square kilometers from Shenzhen to Dongguan in Southern China, just 30 minutes outside of Hong Kong.

Mission Hills has seen champions like Tiger Woods and Greg Norman work their magic on it. Reason enough for it to be on your ‘must play at’ list?
Want a golfing high? Head to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club located at Ganhaizi, on the east foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Located at an altitude of over 3,000 meters it is the second highest golf course in the world. At this height the ball flies some 15%-20% farther than normal so factor that into your drive. The three of the four par 3s measure more than 260 yards and the shortest one is 236 yards long and the 5th par 5 plays to 711 yards, which is the longest par 5 in the world.

The Sheshan Golf Club in Shanghai is an 18-hole, par-72 golf course has beautiful tree-lined fairways set among gentle rolling hills around 1000 year old Gingko trees, calm waterways and a spectacular natural quarry. The Learning and Practice Facility at Sheshan are world class with a full length driving range with 20 covered driving range bays as well as a grass tee deck. With a number of target greens hidden by bunkers and trees, it’s the perfect place to practice the full swing.

Kunming Spring City Resort Golf Club in, where else but Kunming, features two 18-hole and par 72 standard golf courses – the Mountain Course and the Lake Course. The Lake Course is set on the banks of the Yang Zonghai Lake and is world-renowned for its narrow fairways, crisscrossing trenches, green terraces and breathtaking lake views. A 150-yard elevation drop between Hole 1 on the hill and Hole 9 by the lake side provides a unique and lush effect for players. The golf course also has strong winds which increase the game difficulty, creating a more challenging game. The Mountain Course is set on high grounds overlooking the Yang Zonghai Lake. This offers golfers spectacular views of the picturesque lake and the verdant hills. Golfers find the view both inspiring and soothing while they allow the challenging course to test their skills and bring out their best game.

The Xi’an International Golf Club is a 18-hole and 72 par standard golf course occupying an area of over 2,000 acres. The course combines its topographical features and natural scenery with a total length of the fairway at 7270 yards. This golf course mainly features lakes, bunkers and gardens and playing a round of golf here makes you reluctant to leave.

Dragon Lake Golf Club in Guangzhou is one of China’s top ten golf clubs. The club features 54 holes including the 27-hole Asian Games Course and the 27-hole King Course. The Asian Games Course is a private and exclusive membership facility, conforming to the surrounding natural and serene landscape which features a pristine lake and numerous strolling hills. The King Course is Asia’s most challenging mountain golf course; providing the game’s ‘aficionados’ magnificent and dramatic lake views, steep fairways and truly stunning scenery.

To go on a golfing holiday in China just call Lighthouse on (0) 9818905024 or email theworld@golighthouse.in.

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