Best 4 Places to Play Golf in China

In 2017, the tourism industry in China grew by about 13% and is expected to continue growing over the next few years. This increase is largely due to the country’s open policies to help showcase its culture and natural beauty. With more foreigners visiting, and many times staying in China, new influences in food, dress, and sports have been adopted. Noticeably, golf has become more popular, with more courses popping up and the sport being more affordable and accessible.

Historically, golf has been labeled as a “sport for the rich” in China, but as time has passed the game has changed continuously and has secured itself a spot in modern Chinese culture. These days China even has some of the best golf courses in the world

Here are four awesome gold courses worth checking out while traveling through China.

Shanqin Bay

Shanqin Bay Golf Club China

Hainan Island is home to what could easily be the best golf course in China. Shanqin Bay is close to the remote village of Bo´ao, in a stunning coastal site where a golf course would seem impossible to build. Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw were the brave architects who designed the golf course and managed to build a challenging route offering views of the cliffs, dunes and dense vegetation. The stunning golf course had some of its shine taken away in 2017 when authorities decided to create a windbreak by planting thousands of saplings along the 17th fairway. Luckily, the course continues to be one of the most challenging and beautiful in the country.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club China

Whether you´re a golf enthusiast or a pro player, Southwest China’s Yunnan Province is home to the  Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club and is a definite must-see. Designed by Neil Haworth, the course is located at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, sitting ten thousand feet above sea level, and has 18 holes, as well as holding the world record with par 72 stretching 8,548 yards in length. The nearby picturesque villages, breathtaking views, landscapes, and the top-class design of this golf course make it a unique experience in the sport of golf, especially with a moderately pleasant weather all year round.

27 Club

Formerly known as the Tianjin Yangliuqing Golf Club, 27 Club is a fabulous 27-hole course in the Xiqing District, Tianjin. After being restructured from 36 to 27 holes, the course changed its name to honor the 27 former champions who contributed to the design of each of the 27 holes. The course is a great challenge for golfers of all skill levels, with features that include several human-made lakes, creeks, and elevation changes that add up the competitive element. Dominated by a tree-lined open parkland layout, 27 Club is great for delving into a good game and enjoying the abundant greenery.

Lake Course at Spring City

Spring City Golf & Lake Resort China

Spring City Golf & Lake Resort in the town of Spring City, Yunnan, 40 minutes away from Kunming City, was designed by Trent Jones Junior in an effort to create a course that would complement its location and offer top-level play. The natural terrain adds to the dramatic effect of the course, surrounded by lavish nature. Developed by the Keppel Group of Singapore, the Spring City Golf & Lake Resort sits at 6900 feet above sea level and none of the holes here can be described as easy. The incredible design, along with the magnificent views, and the temperate weather make Lake Course at Spring City one of the best golf adventures in China.

 

By Diego Garzon

Diego is a writer by day  and a reader by night. He is also the author of the first Screenwriting Manual in Spanish. He has been a creative consultant for television series and films. He lives with “the wife”, ”the dog”, and “the other dog”.

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6 Best Golf Courses in Australia

The importance of doing any kind of sport cannot be stressed enough, and you should make it an essential part of your travels as well. For all of you golf enthusiasts out there, here’s a list of the 6 best golf courses in Australia to play up your performance on the road.

Kingston Heath, Melbourne

Belonging to the famous Melbourne Sandbelt, Kingston Heath is one of the world’s most renowned golf clubs and one of the smallest courses too. It has a long history of hosting national championships, as well as international events, such as the 2016 World Cup. The most challenging element of this course are its bunkers, which both stimulate your mind and look incredible. Kingston Heath is a feast for all the senses and it’s constructed to make you push your limits and constantly improve your performance.

source: greatgolfaustralia.com.au

Barnbougle Lost Farm, Tasmania

Located along the coast, Lost Farm is a true paradise for golfers. It features 20 holes that pose a challenge to any golfer, regardless of their level of knowledge and practice. The course tour stretches along the coast and deep towards the Tasmanian hinterland, to provide the ultimate golf challenge, while soaking in the beauty of the nature and landscape. The course also offers professional lessons and practice facilities on the spot, to help you improve your game and achieve the perfect shot.

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Long Reef Golf Club, Sydney

Situated 20 km outside Sydney CBD, this North Shore golf club is the perfect choice for those who want to smoothen their game and enjoy the scenic landscape of the Northern Beaches along the way. British and Australian Open winner Peter Thomson, one of Australia’s best golf players and course designers, stated that Long Reef is “the best site of any golf course in Sydney”, which is a perfect recommendation for everyone who is considering to play golf here. The design of the course stimulates your thoughts and actions, regardless of your golf standard. What separates Long Reef Golf Club from the rest is that it is fully functional in wet weather, so you don’t have to miss out due to the rain.

Source: longreefgolfclub.com.au

Ellerston, New South Wales

This golf course is one of the most exclusive clubs, and it was in the private possession of the late Kerry Packer, Australia’s richest man. It’s located in the Upper Hunter Valley, a rugged area with stunning nature that influences the game with its ravines and gullies. The terrain stimulates your brain and affects your moves, encouraging your best play, while it’s also visually appealing.

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The National (Moonah), Cape Schanck, Victoria

The ‘Moonah’ golf course, a part of the National Golf Club, is a world-class course that provides its attendees with everything they need for a successful and stimulating play. This championship course contains 18 holes and it’s built on sand dunes, so the players can enjoy an amazing view of the sea while practicing their shots. Even though this is a private club, select groups are allowed to play, and they consist of both Australian and international visitors.

Source: nationalgolf.com.au

The Royal Adelaide, Adelaide

Located in South Australia, in the Adelaide suburb of Seaton, this private golf club has been the host of the Australian Open nine times, confirming its status in the world of golf. Despite being a private club, the Royal Adelaide gives opportunities to visitors to have a go on their course and tackle the challenges of the links.

Source: royaladelaidegolf.com.au

There you have it – a list of the top golf courses in Australia, where you can improve your skills and have a lot of fun along the way.

Vacation Escape to Marathon and the Florida Keys

The odds are very good that you’ve never heard of Marathon, Florida. Located in the middle of the Florida Keys (90 miles south of Miami and 45 miles north of Key West), Marathon is actually a collection of seven islands in a 10-mile long community. Marathon is known for its tropical climate and laid back lifestyle and is the boating and family destination of the Florida Keys.

If you are looking for your next beach getaway this is it – desirable beaches, seaside restaurants and a host of water activities including sailing, fishing, boating, wreck and reef diving, and more. And there are galleries, museums, parks, golf, shopping, and theaters for your time on dry land. The Florida Keys are unique and Marathon blends the laid back “Keys” lifestyle with lots of activities for vacationers.

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Top Hotel Choices in Marathon, Florida

Like most beach destinations, there’s no shortage of motels and hotels in Marathon. But given how special vacation time is, it’s a good idea to take a close look at your hotel options and select the one that most suits you and your family. Here are some of the best family resorts in Marathon:

–          Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort: Perhaps the best resort in Marathon because of its all-Florida experience. This is a small resort with beach houses, award-winning cuisine and a private sandy beach on the Gulf of Mexico.

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–          Hawks Cay Florida Keys Resort: This resort has garnered a number of Oyster Awards including Best Value, Luxury and Kid-Friendly Hotel in the Florida Keys. With its calm beach and family-friendly features, it’s hard to go wrong staying here.

–          Hyatt Place Marathon Florida Keys: With a historic lighthouse on site, this property is centrally located and walking distance from attractions. It of course features Hyatt amenities and outstanding guest service.

Top Things to do in Marathon, Florida

On the “must do and try” list in Marathon is:

–          Fish Tales Market & Eatery: If you like to eat fish, this is the place. Freshly caught fish of all kinds, homemade soups and perhaps the best Key Lime Pie in the Keys!

–          Pigeon Key Helicopter Tour: Get a bird’s eye view of Marathon, the Florida Keys, and the area’s crystal clear waters and beaches. You’ll also see the historic Sombrero Lighthouse and marine wildlife which may include bull sharks, sea turtles, manatees, tarpon and dolphins.

–          Marathon Diving & Snorkeling: Marathon’s reefs offer coral and fish life plus modern and historical shipwrecks for an incredible underwater experience. There are five different dive areas including the traditional favorite – Sombrero Reef.

–          The Turtle Hospital: Since its opening in 1986, the Turtle Hospital has treated and released over 1500 sea turtles back to the ocean. Guided Educational Experiences are offered to the public seven days a week.

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–          Crane Point Museum and Nature Center:  Crane Point Museum contains historic area artifacts dating back to prehistoric Indians. Crane Point sits on 64 acres of trees and vegetation and has walking trails that will take you on a hike through Florida’s nature and history.

It’s time to get back to Florida and discover Marathon and the Florida Keys!