Golden Gulf Golf ClubA&B Course
金灣高爾夫球倶部、AB場

Course Data
LocationZhuhai, Guandong Province, China
Yardage7143 yards Par 72
Course Rating 
Playing Date17 Jul. 2004
DesignerColin Montgomery
Opened2002
CaddyYes
Golf CartYes (Compulsory on Saturdays and Sundays)
Rating
Overall Rating
4.25
Course Layout
4
Difficulty Level
5
Greens Condition
4
Fairways Condition
5
Landscaping & Views
4
クラブハウス
 
 

It is a flat course on a coastal reclamation site, with water coming into play on many holes. Bunkers are strategically well positioned which also enhances the overall beauty. You can not have a good score unless you hit accurate shots to avoid bunkers and water hazards. There are 27 holes. The C course that I did not play this time is very long, 3741 yards for 9 holes and it has the only night golfing facility. The course has the bent grass fairways that are very rare in the southern China because the bent glass is notorious for hot weather. The clubhouse seen from the 9th and 18th holes is breathtakingly pretty. The club was picked as the best new course in China in 2002.



A view from the clubhouse

 The clubhouse & hotel seen
from the 9th tee

 
3rd Par 5 575 yards
A long par 5 with a lake on the right side of the hole. The tee shot is demanding because of the tight fairway, the lake and well-positioned bunkers on the right. The approach shot should be accurate since the lake actually surrounds the green except for the left side. The green is big and has good undulations.

3rd hole seen from the green

3rd Par 5 575 yards (2)

3rd Par 5 575 yards (1)
7th Par 5 552 yards
A dogleg to the left. The water hazards guard both sides of the relatively narrow fairway. The approach shot is over water because of the lake which covers an area from the front edge of the green to a point 90 yards out. The elevated green is really beautiful.

7th hole seen from the green

7th Par 5 552 yards (2)

7th Par 5 552 yards (1)
8th Par 3 165 yards

8th Par 3 165 yards
A beautiful par 3. The green is guarded by bunkers and there is water on the right.
9th Par 4 425 yards

9th Par 4 425 yards (2)

9th Par 4 425 yards (1)
A slight dogleg to the right with the lake running the right of the hole. This par-4 9th is like the mirror image of the par-4 18th with the lake separating the 2 par 4s. The view of the clubhouse and the hotel from the hole is beautiful.
 
12th  Par 4 410 yards
A sharp dogleg to the left with a great layout and view. Although a lake guards the left side of the hole, you had better avoid the wider part of the lake on the tee shot, as this will greatly reduce the length of the second shot. When the pin position is at the back, the second shot needs to be over the bunkers, so it will be more difficult.

12th hole seen from the green

12th Par 4 410 yards (2)

12th Par 4 410 yards (1)
13th Par 3 168 yards

13th green seen from 14th tee

13th Par 3 168 yards
A neat par 3 with a little elevated green. Two bunkers in front of both sides of the green are in play.
 
15th  Par 4 404 yards

15th Par 4 404 yards (2)

15th Par 4 404 yards (1)
A dogleg to the left. The left side of the fairway borders the lake and the fairway is tight, too, at this hole. The elevated green is guarded by 3 front bunkers.
 
16th  Par 5 559 yards

16th Par 5 559 yards (2)

16th Par 5 559 yards (1)
An almost straight hole with water on the right for the tee shot and water on the left for the second. The landing area for the second shot is extremely tight because of the lake at the right side of the fairway.
 
19th hole

It takes about 30 minutes by the club bus from the Zhuhai ferry terminal. The meals at the restaurant were delicious. I stayed at the hotel next to the clubhouse and the view from the room was excellent.



Hotel 

Hotel

A view from the hotel

The course is managed by the world-renowned sports management company, IMG. The other Colin Mongomery designed courses in Asia are Meishi Mayflower International (美視五月花国際) GC in China and Raon GC in Korea. Golden Gulf GC and Meishi Mayflower International GC are managed by the world-renowned sports management company, IMG.


Flowers in the course

Flowers in the course, phonics

The various pretty flowers were planted around the course. The 2 pictures are one of those flowers. Especially, the left flower is called phonics and is quite rare.