Shanghai Silport Golf Club-East & Center Course
上海旭宝高爾夫倶樂部
、東・中

Course Data
LocationShanghai, China
Yardage 6795 yards Par 72
Course Rating 73.2
Playing Date29 Sep. 2005
DesignerBobby Martin
Opened1995
CaddyYes
Golf CartYes
Rating
Overall Rating
4.10
Course Layout
#4
Difficulty Level
#4
Greens Condition
4
Fairways Condition
5
Landscaping & Views
4

# I estimated the course layout and difficulty level as if I had played from the longest tees. In fact I actually played from the blue tees about 450 yards shorter than the longest tees.



A view from the clubhouse 

A view

A view

This is a strategic course with natural lakes, rivers and creeks on a flat terrain. There are many holes that have water hazards on both sides. The fairways are slightly undulated, which helps to bring some changes into the flat course. There were three 9 holes, West, Center and East when I played and another North Course was under construction . It should be a 36-hole golf club now since North was due to be completed in 2006. The 2005 Volvo China Open, an European PGA tour, was hosted with the West Course which is long enough to be over 3600 yards and the 3450-yard long Center Course. I played East & Center this time. The East is only 3280 yards long but it was much more fun to play at East than at Center because The East holes vary more dynamically and are more sophisticated layout than the Center ones. I hope that I will have an opportunity to play the West Course in a future.
 
1st Par 4 478 yards

1st Par 4 478 yards (2)

1st Par 4 478 yards (1)
A slight dogleg to the right with trees on the left and a lake on the right. A bunker in front of the green comes into play. It is a good design but is a little short for a par 5. If this hole is changed into a par 4 by using the 453-yard blue tee, slightly shorter, it will become a tough par 4.
 
6th Par 3 205 yards

6th Par 3 205 yards
A challenging hole. A lake surrounds the green from 3 directions except for the front side. The green and the fairway look like they are floating in the lake. It seems that the 17th hole is more famous par 3 but I personally think that this 6th hole is superior in terms of the strategic characteristic and the better use of natural landscape.
8th Par 5 503 yards
A par 5 reachable in 2. It has an excellent design with a slight dogleg to the right first and a straight hole later. The left bunkers are 235 yards off the tee. Both the tee and second shots need to be accurate because the landing zones are narrow with a lake on the right. The green is wide and the bunker in front of the green is superbly placed. This hole tends to be favored by tail winds, so it is actually shorter than 503 yards.
 

8th Par 5 503 yards (3)

8th Par 5 503 yards (2)

8th Par 5 503 yards (1)
 
9th Par 4 406 yards

9th Par 4 406 yards (2)

9th Par 4 406 yards (1)
An almost straight hole with the green swung to the left. You feel uneasy with a lake on the left and trees on the right. Bunkers and the lake guarding the front side of the undulated green comes into play on the second shot.
 
14th Par 5 574 yards

14th Par 5 574 yards (2)

14th Par 5 574 yards (1)
A sharp dogleg to the right. A long hitter can make a short cut by driving over the clump of trees on the right side. The trees line up on both sides when you hit the second and third shots, and then you can enjoy a taste of a forest course on this hole.
 
17th Par 3 185 yards

17th Par 3 185 yards (2)

17th Par 3 185 yards (1)
A medium length par 3 with a big island green. The green is surrounded by white sand beach bunkers that are bright. The hole is artificially beautiful but not a difficult hole.

 
18th Par 5 554 yards

18th Par 5 554 yards (2)

18th Par 5 554 yards (1)
An almost straight hole with the green swung to the left at the end. There is a lake on the left 100 yards off the green. The lake becomes the blind creek and the creek crosses the fairway. You need to decide whether you want to lay up in front of the creek or go over the creek or the lake on the second shot.
19th hole

Restaurant

It takes about 50 minutes from Central Shanghai by car. Visitors need to have a member’s introductions on weekdays and to be accompanied by a member on weekends. Visitors can book playing trough travel agencies. The clubhouse facility is good. There are a Jacuzzi bath and a sauna, tennis courts, indoor swimming pools, gym and business center.

You need to show an official handicap of 9 or below to the caddie master to play from the longest tees.