Wenchang Golf Club
If at all, this is a golf club that holds dear to many overseas Chinese of Hainanese descent, the majority of whom originated from this very county of Wenchang. The famous Hainanese Chicken Rice, popular in Southeast Asia, is part of the culinary heritage introduced by the immigrants from here. Wenchang is about a little over half an hour's drive from Haikou Airport. Designed by Malaysian Albert Chua, this 18-hole Par-72 7,209-yard course features 14 man-made lakes, 94 sand bunkers, 6 greens edged on water and of course plentiful coconut palm trees. Despite the many man-made additions, the front nine was built in natural surroundings of the land while the second nine contain more artificial obstacles, partly for aesthetic and partly too to add level of game to the course in general.
The Par-5 527-yard Hole 3 tees off over a huge lake only to find a fairway of continuous undulations with many deep bunkers, thus making judgment difficult if not mistake prone. The green is protected on the right side by tall trees and at the back by another small lake - not at all an easy hole. The Par-4 506-yard dogleg-left Hole 16 is an interesting one, not only because it offers a beautiful sight at sunset time, but it is also a challenging hole. Water on the left, immediately after tee-off, stretches to an about 210-yard mark after which a wide bunker follows and covers up the 250-yard mark. The key to this hole is very much on the tee-shot, which must not only be powerful, but also quite accurate so as to avoid another lake edge nearer to the green on the right side.
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