Putting it on the Map

These six courses – from the North, South, East and West of the country – have helped elevate China to the verge of golfing superpower status

Sheshan Golf Club
Best known for hosting the region’s richest tournament, the US$5.5 million HSBC Champions, Sheshan stands apart from most courses in Shanghai thanks to its rolling topography and excellent strategic design. The flagship course of Singapore-based architects Nelson & Haworth, who also designed the East Course at Kau Sai Chau, Sheshan’s elevated and undulating greens and imaginative bunkering have made it a firm favourite among European and Asian Tour pros. The club is also home to one of the best short par-4s in Asia: the 310-yard 16th, which can be reached in one with a drive over a 150-ft deep quarry. Such is Sheshan’s exclusivity however, it’s just a shame that so few will ever get the chance to try.
Yardage: 7,143. Par: 72. Architect: Nelson & Haworth


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