428 County Rd,
Golf proJoey Garon (Director of Golf)
18 holes. Coastal, links-style Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Seaside (South China Sea) and coastal bushland.
Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw
5 km E of Longgunzhen / 16 km S of Bo'ao.
CITIC Shanqin Bay Golf Club, home to a very private and world-class coastal layout, is located directly alongside the South China Sea on the eastern seaboard of Hainan Island. Spectacular clifftop and beachside holes, and fabulous coastal scenery accentuate all the elements of this stunning Bill Coore design.
On this immensely scenic and wonderfully challenging out-and-back layout, both the front and back nines give you three holes played directly alongside the seashore, or at least on the cliffs above it. Laid out on a former pineapple plantation, Coore's skilful routing makes best use of the often steeply sloping terrain, ensuring a thoroughly playable yet challenging course.
The par-4 5th and 6th holes play in opposite directions either side of a small lake, while the closing stretch of four par-4s (three of them quite short) play along the top of the cliffs ... the 17th requiring a diagonal tee-shot across the beach. From first to last the holes here are both exciting and memorable ... if, that is, you ever get the chance to play here ... very few are accorded that honour.
Private club - guests may only play if invited by a member.
With reportedly only a handful of members and a joining fee of over $1 million, Shanqin Bay was created as a very exclusive golf facility by businessman Wang Jun. Head of the Chinese CITIC conglomerate, Jun is the son of Wang Zhen, one of the Eight Elders of the Communist Party of China who held substantial power in China during the 1980s and 1990s.
World: formerly ranked world's 39th best course (GOLF magazine, 2017; not in subsequent editions of this ranking).
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Italian Open: Nicolai Højgaard recorded his first European Tour win (Sept 5), just a week after his twin brother Rasmus landed the European Masters title (Aug 29); the first brothers to win back-to-back on the European Tour.
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New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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