Palm Island Golf Club – BC Course
梡櫚島高爾夫球會、BC

Course Data
LocationHuizhou, Guandong Province, China
Yardage6981 yards Par 72
Course Rating73.6
Playing Date17 Nov. 2004
DesignerJack Nicklaus
Opened1999
CaddyYes
Golf CartYes (Compulsory and can be driven on the fairways )
Rating
Overall Rating
4.40
Course Layout
5
Difficulty Level
5
Greens Condition
3
Fairways Condition
5
Landscaping & Views
4
 

A former lychee orchard has converted into an excellent golf course. This resort style, flat course looks like one in Southern California and is also very challenging with strategically placed palm trees, bunkers, lakes and rivers. Water comes into play on 14 out of 18 holes. Given the Nicklaus designs’ tend to guard the greens closely with bunkers and water, you can only make a good score by hitting accurate approach shots to the greens. There are three 9 holes, A, B & C.
The B&C Course I played this time is much harder than A&B or C&A because A is shorter and has fewer water hazards. The facilities surrounding the course have a Thai or the South East Asian flavor, which makes you very comfortable.

 
4th  Par 4 403 yards

4th Par 4 403 yards (2)

4th Par 4 403 yards (1)
The best tee shot is to hit down the left side of the fairway in order to secure a good angle to the green protected by 3 bunkers to the left, right and behind. If you hit to the right side, the second shot becomes harder because the shot needs to carry over a lake and the deep right greenside bunker. The lake in front of the green makes this a difficult by visually appealing hole.

 
6th  Par 5 587 yards 

6th Par 5 587 yards (2)

6th Par 5 587 yards (1)
A gentle dogleg to the right with trees and bushes on the left and a lake on the right. The fairway bunkers in the middle of the fairway are well positioned. You should avoid the deep bunkers guarding the left of the green . The approach shot into the green is slightly uphill.
 
7th Par 4 439 yards

7th Par 4 439 yards (2)

7th Par 4 439 yards (1)
A beautiful hole. There is a split fairway with bunkers. You can have a better angle into the green from the right fairway on your second shot. Hitting the second shot for the left fairway makes the distance shorter but the shot requires you to hit over a big bunker on the front left of the green. 
 
8th  Par 3 169 yards

8th Par 3 169 yards
A medium length par 3 with an island green. Needless to say a precise shot is required. I have played more than 10 Nicklaus designed courses this was the first to have an island green.

9th  Par 4 432 yards
There is OB and ponds on the left. You had bettr drive down the right side of the fairway in order to have the best angle into the green for the second shot. It becomes difficult if you hit the second from the left side of the fairway because your approach shot needs to fly over the pond and a 2-meter (7 ft.) deep bunker.
 

9th hole seen from the green

9th Par 4 432 yards (2)

9th Par 4 432 yards (1)
 
15th  Par 3 191 yards

15th hole seen from the green

15th Par 3 191 yards (1)
 A pretty par 3 over a big bunker with a good view.
 
17th Par 4 428 yards
The tee is the highest on the course and the views of the rest of the course and of the neighboring town is superb. A river crosses in front of the slightly elevated green. You need to dive very hard to leave yourself with an easier approach shot to the green.
 

17th Par 4 428 yards (3)

17th Par 4 428 yards (2)

17th Par 4 428 yards (1)
 
18th  Par 5 501 yards

18th Par 5 501 yards (2)

18th Par 5 501 yards (1)
A short par 5 with a green swung to the right. Long hitters can reach the green in two shots, but the front of the green is well guarded by a huge bunker, so one is faced with a tactical decision of whether to go for it on the second shot or lay up to the left short of the green The undulating green is double-tiered.
 
19th hole

Restaurant

Hotel
It takes 2 hours and half from Hong Kong by club bus. All the staff including caddies were well trained and made us comfortable. This is a big resort with residential areas, a hotel, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a basketball court, a Massage & Spa Center, and even a children atelier room, etc. This was selected the best golf resort in China in 2001, 2002 and 2003 by China Golf Magazine. The restaurant has a pleasant atmosphere.

Players who like to hit from the longest black tees need to bring single handicap certificates.

The other Jack Nicklaus designed courses in China are Chung Shan Hot Spring (中山溫泉) GC - Jack Nicklaus Course, Pine Valley International (華彬國際) GC, Shanghai Links (上海林克司) G&CC, Hangzhou West Lake International (杭州西湖國際) G&CC, Spring City (春城) G&LR - Mountain Course, Suzhou Sunrise (蘇州中興) GC, Nanhu (南湖) GCC, Mission Hills (觀瀾湖) GC - World Cup Course, Wuyi Fountain Palm (江門五邑蒲蔡) GC.