This course is built
along the seashore looking over Xiamen Island with a backdrop of mountains. The
course extends onto mountain slopes from where you can enjoy scenic sea views.
There are some holes where you can see the sea, some holes facie cliffs, some
holes on hillsides and others that are separated by woods, so each hole varies
widely. The layout of the lakes and the use of the seashore is excellent, which
makes the course challenging.
90 degree dogleg to the right along a big lake. To make a short cut, you need
to carry over the fairway, 230 yards off the tee. When you have an accurate 260-yard
drive, it is reachable in 2 since the second shot is just 200 yards or so. However,
the second shot is demanding because of the OB on the left and a hazard on the
right. When you lay up, a precise second shot is needed, too.|
|It takes 20 minutes
from Xiamen and 30 minutes from the airport by car. Xiamen is an island and doesn’t
have any golf courses inside the city. All the golf courses are on the mainland,
across the sea.|
9 holes are lit for night golf. We arrived at the Xiamen airport
around 2:00 p.m., my friends from Tokyo and myself from Hong Kong, and we could
finish 18 holes without any problems.
You can enjoy watching various unique
and flowering trees on the course.
was originally 6954 yards long but the longest black tees are not placed and even
members can’t play from the tees, so you need to actually hit from the 6458 yard
long blue tees, 500 yards shorter. Consequently, the course rating drops from
73.7 into 71.6. It is a little regrettable that I used only wedges or short irons
on most par 4s because they are much shorter than the original design. I think
that the black tees should be opened to single handicap players.
The other Roanld Fream designed golf courses in Asia are Saujiana G&CC,
Golf Perkhidmatan Awam, Awana G&C, Karambunai
RGC, Bangi G&CC, Bukit Unggul G&CC and Damai Laut G&CC
in Malaysia, Mountain
Shadow GC and Windsor Park GC in Thailand, Asiana CC and The
Club At Nine Bridges in Korea, Bonari Kogen GC in Japan, Tianjin Warner
GC, Weihai Point H&GR,
Grand Shanghai International G&HR, Qiandachu CC, Grand Dynasty GC,
in China, and Royal Brunei GC in Brunei.