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China: Projects Summary

Shenzhen Noble Merchant Golf Club, Guangdong

A city-centre golf club, formed in marshy land adjacent to the Sand River in Shenzhen. The course is a relatively short, 'executive' style layout, with floodlighting.

The original 9-holes by Les Watts and David Hemstock was extended by them in the late 1990's. At that time Shenzhen was a fast developing town waiting for the border with Hong Kong to dissolve. Now,it is a vibrant city with golf at the heart of its culture.

Golf has developed so quickly and to such a high international standard in the country that golf tourism is beginning to take off. 216 holes at Mission Hills and counting! And the number of golfers in the country eager to try different experiences means that Chinese golfers are set to become a regular feature of the world-wide golf scene.

Shun Feng Golf Club, Beijing

The original 18-hole layout design by Les Watts/Hemstock Design, a privately-played golf club concept, was modified and extended in the recent past, with villa plots being added as per the plan.

The course lies next to the Ming Tomb area of Beijing and 'Mao Tse Tung's Reservoir', in classic Chinese landscape of flat farmland with a spectacular mountainous backdrop. A very testing layout involves water carries and requires a lot of thought on strategy of play.

Additional villa plots have been added, together with 'tweaks' to the course to improve difficulty for the better golfer. A continuing programme of improvements is to be carried out, with green speed to be increased by turf management techniques, as the average golfer skills increase on the course.