Dunes Golf Club
Situated on Shenzhou Peninsula, this course is a hideaway for good golf, a luxurious hotel, scenic bays and beaches, mild sub-tropical climate, hot springs, and fresh tropical fruits. For most of the time, Shenzhou Peninsula, nestled along the belly of Hainan Island, remained not known to many except water melon farmers. Today, it is connected to Haikou and Sanya by one of world's fastest trains and round objects can still be found rolling on its sandy ground except this time they come in the form of white golf balls looking for the elusive 36 holes of the Tom Weiskopf-designed Dunes Golf Club.
Built recently, the two very open link-courses, East & West, share much of the southern beach front with fairways running along the three bays facing the South China Sea. Further afield, hot springs, fruit farms and scenic age-old fishing villages provide fun-filled day-trip destinations to complete a great golf getaway of sun, fun and beautiful beaches.
Built a year apart, the West Course and East Course are characterised by the openness of link-courses with few trees, more for decoration. Wind factor is a major consideration for good landing on the mostly wavy fairways and tiered-greens, both Paspalum-grassed and immaculately maintained. Fairways are well-carpeted, wide and undefined. Bunkers are the main obstacles with many carved out of steep slopes at the sides of elevated greens, giving plenty of chances for a Duval at the Open 2000. Not too many water holes. The Black & White 150-yard pole marker found on all fairways is a great help, not only for directions mid-way, but also for distance estimation.
Memorable Holes on the West Course
Hole 6 226-Yard Par-3: Water all the way to the green with separate penalty drop areas for ladies and gentlemen. Challenges your confidence
Hole 7 449-Yard Par-4: The only hotel with dog-leg; bomb it.
Hole 8 455-Yard Par-4: Bomb it as far as possible along the almost straight fairway running alongside the beach if you can judge the wind well. Safe spot is on the left but the big, wide green has 3-levels. Check the pin position first if you can see that far.
Hole 11 462-Yard Par-4: Near vertical bunker wall at the side of the green; stay away.
Hole 16 483-Yard Par-4: Second landing over a very wide sand pit; blurs judgment on distance, potentially very dangerous.
Memorable Holes on the East Course
Hole 13 440-Yard Par-4: Bunkers left and right at strategic distance; old Banyan tree standing in the middle. Advantage for long hitters.
Hole 14 444-Yard Par-4: Dog-leg left, and one can't see the green.
Hole 16 547-Yard Par-5: Uphill course with the third bay on the left.
Hole 17 31-Yard Par-4: All the way downhill after Hole 16. Short for a Par-4 but bunkers in between distort vision. Dangerous tiered-green.
Hole 18 525-Yard Par-5: Wide bunkers on the left leave not much choice for a first landing. Landing for approach to green, surrounded by many bunkers of various sizes, largely dependent on pin position.
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