Guangdong is a great destination to play golf in China with so many great courses including of course the Mission Hills golfing Complex. Here are some of the best golf courses in Guangdong.
Zhaoqing Resort and golf Club a private members club in the middle of a deluxe housing development close to two of the region’s most scenic attractions – the renowned Seven Star Cliff and Ding Hu Forest. Designed by Gary Player and often recognised as one of the most scenic golf courses in China and an opening hole which has also won acclaim as one of the best holes in China.
Mission Hills is the most famous golf complex in China and the largest golf club in the world. The golf courses cover more than 20 square kilometres the 12 courses have been designed by some of the most famous names in golf. Mission Hills is the home of golf in China, has won numerous international awards and has hosted many top competitions including the World Cup of Golf.
Harbour Plaza Golf Club is in a rural setting about half way between Shenzhen and Guangzhou and only 10 minutes from the Guang-Shen Expressway - Hou Jie exit. A 27-hole layout on a flat piece of land which is easy to walk with some interesting holes and some heavily contoured greens.
Zhuhai Golden Gulf Golf Club is a links-style course built on reclaimed land close to the South China Sea with the fairways exposed to the prevailing onshore winds. A good course for medium handicappers with few water carries.
Dongguan Hillview Golf Club is recognised as one of the top “Stay & Play” golf resorts in Guangdong and offers 36 holes of golf on its Open and Masters course both of which are pretty classic tree-lined park land courses.
Shenzhen Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in China and one of the closest to the Hong Kong border but has been completely remodelled by Isao Aoki and Nelson & Haworth. Was the venue for the 2006 Volvo China Open.
Long Island Golf and Country Club is a luxury golf resort a short distance from the Guangzhou-Shenzhen Superhighway. The Club has two championship golf courses and is one of the few golf courses in China to install floodlights. A beautiful location and the courses designer has taken advantage of the wonderful natural environment.
Shenzhen Sand River Golf Club, designed by Gary Player has been voted one of the top golf clubs in China. The course runs alongside the river close to Shenzhen. The course offers 27 holes and 18 of them have been fitted with floodlights. One of the best maintained golf courses in Guangdong.
Zhuhai Wangsheng Golf Club is an international standard golf courses offering excellent facilities.
Lakewood Golf Club in Zhuhai was designed by J Michael Poellot who has made full use of the wonderful site and has constructed two great championship golf courses just 15 minutes from the border. They have also retained much of the natural features of the area including the natural plants.
Guangdong is a great destination to play golf in China with so many great courses including of course the Mission Hills golfing Complex. Here are some of the best golf courses in Guangdong.\n
Zhaoqing Resort and golf Club a private members club in the middle of a deluxe housing development close to two of the region’s most scenic attractions – the renowned Seven Star Cliff and Ding Hu Forest. Designed by Gary Player and often recognised as one of the most scenic golf courses in China and an opening hole which has also won acclaim as one of the best holes in China.\n
There is no question that this is one of the easier courses at Mission Hills with large fairways and inviting greens.\n
From the any elevated tees you are often found losing yourself in the scenery that takes your focus away from the course and lets you relax in the natural environment and the beauty of the area.\n
Measuring in at 6703 yards the course invites longer hits to warm up the shoulders and have a crack at some of the greens. This is even more true for the average golfer who will be playing from the blue tees, which measure less than 6000 yards.\n
One such hole that provides a chance of getting home in one is the 9th. At 296 yards from the blue tees the hole is crying out to be attacked. From the slightly elevated tee all the danger can be seen. To find the green you need to find the perfect line between the two bunkers that guard the entrance.\n
The 2nd hole offers one of the prettier backdrops on the course and at handicap 4 on the scorecard the hole challenges you from start to finish. Doglegging to the right the hole requires a good drive to avoid the fairway bunkers that come into play on both sides and the approach is made trickier by the creek that runs across the front of the green and the numerous greenside bunkers waiting for anything misdirected.\n
Hole 7 considered as the signature hole is a pretty hole, which is played from an elevated tee atop of the mountain to the green below which almost appears to be floating in the sky. Be sure to come up short of the hole as the green slopes severely from back to front.\n
A sharp dog leg, the 13th is a great opportunity for birdie. Reachable in two this downhill short par 5 requires accuracy to find the fairway that is protected by a number of bunkers ranging in size. The second shot will require a well struck shot over the bunkers that protect the front and right side of the large green.\n
The large bunkers are a feature of this course and although they are huge in some cases they are relatively shallow and do not provide too much of a challenge.\n
Getting to the course requires taking a shuttle bus some 20 minutes from the Shenzhen Clubhouse so bear this in mind when you are preparing to play.',
One of the greatest female golfers of all time has tried her hand at designing a golf course at the Mission Hills Golf Club. The Annika Course, designed in part by Swedish golfer Annika Sorenstam is the shortest of the 10 courses at Mission Hills.\n
Located in one of the more mountainous regions of the complex the front 9 enjoys significant changes in elevation creating problems for club selection and when the wind blows creating a challenge making the holes far trickier than normal.',
Located in the Guangdong province of China the Dongguan Hillview golf clubs boasts 36 holes of championship golf. Designed by Jim Engh an architect with a dare to be different attitude The Masters Course at Hillview is a creation of epic proportions.\n
The two clubhouses are enormous totalling some 19000 square meters. The facilities within the buildings are first class and filled with natural light. Restaurants serve international cuisine and a quaint English themed bar is also available for those wishing to grab a drink. A well-stocked pro shop is just one of the many services the clubhouses have to offer. The service and welcome is second to none and the caddy service is well worth taking advantage of. The view from the clubhouse is spectacular and should you have time take advantage of it you will not be disappointed.',
The course is set in a beautiful rolling landscape which is dotted with hollows that have invariably been created into ponds to further test and challenge the golfer.\n
If you are an avid fan of bunkers then this is most definitely the course for you. Bunkers are scattered about the entire layout of the course and some are more terrifying than others.\n
A huge plus for the Dongguan Hillview Master Course are the greens which are unusually fast for courses in China so well worth a visit if you like slick greens.\n
One of the design aspects of the course is the various ways of playing it. You can be aggressive seeking the tight lines and dangerous carries, selecting which side of the split fairways you would prefer, or you can play a more controlled and delicate approach to the course.\n
It is a difficult decision as the way the course is setup creates doubt as to how to approach the round.\n
The second hole is a beautifully crafted par 3. At 177 yards is not the longest but the visual aspect of the rocks between the pond and the green draw the eye to water hazard that shouldn´t really come into play but can all too easily play on the mind of the golfer.\n
The third is the first example of the split fairways and presents the golfer with the first decision as to whether they should play aggressively or be a little more cautious in their approach.\n
The par 5 fifth is a great example of hole that can be attacked, if you go for the green in two the hole plays almost straight. Play to get there in three and you will play a hole that almost becomes an “S” shape. Get the play wrong and you could end up in some of the deepest bunkers you may have ever seen. With some of the bunkers reaching 3 meters in depth so you could be faced with the face of the bunker and no view of where you are trying to get.\n
It is a great experience to play here and for that reason alone you should put on your list of courses when you are in the area.',
Split into two distinct 9, the front 9 being more mountainous and the back 9 flatter with the introduction of water hazards.\n
For those of you that want to enjoy spectacular views and be slightly less challenged on the golfing front then the Els Course, previously called the Savannah Course, is a good choice.\n
The fairways at times can be very narrow and are flanked by dense vegetation to punish those off-centre strikes. Having said that if you manage the course well you can easily avoid the narrow areas of the fairway.\n
Perhaps the best example of this is the signature par 5 fourth hole. Played from an elevated tee, the highest point of the course you are provided with spectacular views of the course, the Mission Hills Golf Club and the stunning natural scenery of the local area. It is a view to savour, but do not let it distract you from the task in hand. This hole is tough. A dogleg to the left the tee shot is the key to achieving a reasonable score. Too short and you will face a second shot over the trees and the creek that runs the length of the hole, too long and you will run out of room, miss left or right and you will almost certainly be out of bounds. The second shot is no easier and requires an accurate shot to find the narrowing fairway. The third must avoid the left and the creek that runs alongside the green.\n
In general, it is the par fives that are most interesting on this course, offering the greatest challenges. The 6th at 517 yards is reachable in two for some, but requires accuracy with the second to avoid the cavernous bunkers that protect the green.\n
The 11th offers the biggest hitters another chance to get home in two, but like the previous par fives is fraught with danger. The creek that runs through the course is prevalent in the design and play of the hole. Cutting across the fairway and then back towards the green to create a daunting second or third shot.\n
Hole 15 is the pick of the par threes with a naturalness to its design. A wide, large green almost creates a peninsula into the lake which provides the challenge.\n
The Els course is a beautiful golf course with arguably the most memorable hole at the entire complex and although some of the holes are not as memorable this has to be a course you try.',
South African golfer Ernie Els has created a name for himself as not only a world class golfer but an emerging talent on the golf course design circuit. The Els Course at Mission Hills Golf Club lays testament to the fantastic eye the “Big Easy” has for designing courses that will stay long in the memory for their challenge and their beauty.\n
Measuring 7049 yards from the back tees the course boasts no parallel holes, creating an intimate setting for golfers to enjoy. Swathes of lush green and perfectly manicured fairways are framed by the dense forested areas creating the image of luxury.',
From the main clubhouse of the resort, The Shenzhen in Guanlan, the Faldo Course is 15 minutes away via a shuttle bus. So it is worth remembering this if you are looking to play here and factor in the extra time.\n
The Faldo course is not as long as some of the courses at the Mission Hills Golf Club, but that is overshadowed by the brilliance of the design. Designed primarily as a “stadium” course the use of natural amphitheatres gives the amateur golfer the chance to imagine the crowds of thousands surrounding the greens and tees.\n
For average and single figure golfers alike the user friendly design is a big plus, as you can see all of the dangers that lurk on each hole. A breath of fresh air from the modern design of trying to hide the trouble from view.\n
Faldo has created a course that is not only a joy to play but also a course that will reward you with a good score if you strike the ball well, although you will rack up big numbers if you are a little wayward of off your best game, but that is the beauty of this course.\n
There are a few holes that excite and get the adrenaline going. A couple of short par fours that are driveable but full of danger and the par 3 16th are the standout holes.\n
The Faldo Course, unlike many of Mission Hills courses has a feel of being more secluded and less “conveyor belt” design giving its distance from the epi centre of the resort and offers a change in atmosphere to the other courses.\n
As previously mentioned the short par fours are great risk and reward holes. The first of these is the 3rd and at only 324 yards from the championship tees a good drive will be rewarded with an almost certain birdie.\n
The most memorable hole on the golf course is definitely without consideration the par 3 16th.\n
At a length of 163 yards from the championship tees the hole is a crowd pleaser and nerve jangler. It offers a chance to play the first island green created in the region and has become synonymous with the Faldo Course. Played from a slightly elevated tee you are faced with a small island green, which is around 30 yards in diameter and is protected further by a small bunker. It is a classic hole which will remain long in the memory.\n
The course has rightly received international accreditation and is one of the best courses in Asia.\n
Arguably England´s finest golfer, Sir Nick Faldo has become somewhat of a legendary golf course designer with many of his courses hosting tournament events around the globe The Faldo Course at Missions Hills Golf Club is absolutely no exception to Faldo´s ever expanding golf course design portfolio and his growing reputation as one of the big names in course design.',
The course is some 20 minutes from the Shenzhen Clubhouse so travel time will need to be factored in to your plans for arriving at this course.\n
Set in the more mountainous area of the Mission Hills complex the course is undulating with massive changes in elevation which actually makes many holes a lot shorter than what they appear to be on the card. From the golfer’s perspective the elevated tees allow all of the hazards to be seen, helping the golfer to plot their way around this course.\n
Not as difficult as the Olazabal or Norman, the Leadbetter course offers a variety of shot making opportunities throughout and keeps the interest of the golfer.\n
The fairways are more than generous but undulating resulting in few flat lies making the approach shot that little bit trickier. A feature of this course is the bunkering, large and impressive the bunkers are used strategically both for the protection of the holes and the aesthetic aspects creating wonderfully artistic shapes.\n
Most of the greens here are small requiring well struck approach shots to find them although they are not particularly difficult once found, yielding some good scores and rewarding good shot making.\n
Of the most demanding holes on the course the 12th an uphill par 4 measuring a monsterous 479 yards from the back tees this is almost a par five for most golfers. From the slightly elevated tee the hole bends gently to the right and is well protected by bunkers. Don´t be disheartened by a bogey on this hole, it is tough.\n
The par three 16th is beautiful whilst remaining challenging. At 183 yards it requires a well struck tee shot to find the putting surface which is protected all around by bunkers. Picturesque with its fabulous backdrop the eye is directed to the creek that runs short of the green and down to the small waterfall.\n
The Leadbetter course is one of the better courses at Mission Hills and is certainly more enjoyable for the average golfer, well worth a visit.\n
Widely considered the best golf instructor in the David Leadbetter has dabbled in course design with the Leadbetter design at the Mission Hills Golf Club in China.\n
Leadbetter in creating the course was to provide a course where golfers could learn to “play” the game and with that in mind he created a course which he claims will require every club in your bag. This point is up for debate but what can be said of the course is this: I would not say it is a course to learn to play on. At 7117 yards from the back tees the course is long, although it possesses some short par fours and a very short par three the length the course does play shorter than its yardage.',
Considered one of the hardest golf courses in Asia, The Norman measures 7,228 yards and is full of challenges. The course winds its way through the dramatic mountainsides and ridges for the first nine holes and then takes advantage of the lush valley for the final 9 holes.\n
For the traditionalist the course is reminiscent of the great links style courses of Australia and the United Kingdom with large native grasses bordering the fairways creating an artistic frame for the beautifully manicured fairway grass. The splendour of the natural grasses can be enjoyed on the front nine, perched on the exposed ridges the wind silently moves the grass making you even more aware of its peril.\n
It is here on the front 9 were you really feel as though you have stepped out to a links course in Australia, undulating fairways with humps and bumps create some strange bounces and lies to tackle even the most proficient of golfer.\n
You have to be accurate here if you want to stand a chance of scoring well as the fairways are narrow and the rough is thick and punishing.\n
A particular delight on the shorter front nine, the back nine measures 3707 yards from the back tees, is the short par 3 4th. At just 147 yards it is a target hole, the green is little more than 10 yards wide and with steep drop offs you have to find it if you want to make your par. The tee shot will get your nerves jangling as you are forced to play over a ravine.\n
A golfers striking and short game will be tested to the maximum with the raised and undulating greens requiring the touch of a genius to master.\n
The back nine is where this course really comes alive with stunning holes twisting through the wooded valley. Water is scarce on this course but when it is used it is used to perfection to create unbelievable holes.\n
The par 3 11th is a beauty, at 173 yards the tee shot needs to carry the expanse of water to find the green protected by two large bunkers, one left and one right. Whilst the par 3 16th has to steal the show for the vistas.\n
Two monster par fours and a monster par five are also waiting on the back nine and finally the 18th, a par 5 that doglegs to the right down the hill. The tee shot to the narrow fairway which slopes gentle from left to right will need to avoid the bunkers to leave a second shot to the gently undulating fairway which will need to avoid the creeks that cross the fairway.\n
The rating of 150 is an indication of how difficult this course is, but it an absolute must play.',
For many visitors to the Mission Hills Golf Club the standout course is The Norman.\n
Designed by the “Great White Shark” the course is typical of the challenging designs that Greg Norman has become renowned for. Taking his inspiration from the Sand Belt courses on which he grew up, Normans attention to detail creates simply stunning golf courses that you will never tire of playing and the Norman Course at Mission Hills is no different.',
The course is so good that the World Cup was moved from the World Cup Course at Mission Hills to the Olazabal course and with the arrival of the WGC-HSBC Champions event also being played here the pedigree of the course is no more than it deserves.\n
At 7300 yards the course is long and wanders its way through the undulating terrain. Large elevation changes create a nightmare for club selection and with the stunning Shenzhen mountain scenery as a backdrop to almost every single hole the views are mesmerizing.\n
A distinctive feature of the design of this course in the concave fairways which create the perfect visual impact against the backdrop of the jungle and natural lakes.\n
If you are not a fan of bunkers then be prepared, because each hole is adorned with a myriad of bunkers varying in size and depth, but the placement of the bunkers is not just strategic it is pure artistry that only Olazabal could have created.\n
Of the holes that stand out, and there are few due to the incredible design, there is not a poor hole on the course the par 5 15th has to be considered the signature hole. For those scared of bunkers skip this paragraph as there are 24 bunkers that come into play on this exquisite hole.\n
The view from the tee will leave you speechless and fill you with nerves at the same time. The hole follows the curve of the immense reservoir to the left resulting in the need for accuracy from the tee to this tight fairway. A creek winds its way across the fairway some 150 yards from the green maing the lay-up shot tricky and with a plethora of bunkers waiting to catch anything that is wayward trouble is waiting to catch you. Once you have negotiated your way to the green the fun doesn´t stop with interesting slopes and undulations testing your skill to the end.\n
As you stand on the final tee you are treated to a view of arguably the hardest hole on the course. A par four that again doglegs to the left with water in play the length of the hole. Braver golfers will want to take on as much of the corner as they dare to leave a shorter second into the elevated green which juts out into the lake. A bunker is waiting or any shot played out right, make a par here and you will be dancing all the way to the clubhouse.',
One of Spains greatest golfers has designed what can only be described as a golfing masterpiece with his course at Mission Hills. The Olazabal course designed by Jose Maria Olazabal is considered as one of the finest courses in China and it not difficult to see why.\n
Set in the Mission Hills Golf Club complex the course has access to stunning club houses and hotels and provides golfers with everything they could possibly need to enjoy a golfing break.',