Adjust font size: Shenzhen, one of the most developed cities in China as well as one of the fastest growing cities in the world, is attracting more and more domestic and foreign elites. As Shenzhen's local economy continues to develop, the game of golf, considered in China to be a rich man's sport, is getting more and more popular.
Despite Shenzhen's smaller size compared to neighboring Guangzhou, the city boasts more than a dozen golf courses, including the largest golf resort in the world.
If you're a golf lover, read on. China.org.cn rates the top ten golf clubs in Shenzhen.
NO.10 Shenzhen Airport Golf Club 深圳航港高尔夫球会
Designed by Welsh professional golfer lan Woosnam, the Shenzhen Airport Golf Resort features an 18-hole 72-par championship golf course.
Designed by Welsh professional golfer lan Woosnam, the Shenzhen Airport Golf Resort features an 18-hole 72-par championship golf course, with a course length from the back tees at 7,210 yards.
The club chose to outfit its greens with Bermuda Tifdwarf grass, which significantly increases the speed of the putting surface. Water hazards, bunkers, and strong sea breezes attract players who are looking for a challenge.
Add: Huangtian International Airport
How to get there: 10 minutes drive to the Fuyong Dock.
NO.9 Shenzhen Noble Merchant Golf Club 深圳名商高尔夫球会
Shenzhen Noble Merchant Golf Club was designed by Les Watts, a world-renowned Australian
Located on the Shenzhen Bay Bank and adjacent to the "Window of the World" tower, "Splendid China" and "Happy Valley", Shenzhen Noble Merchant Golf Club was designed by Les Watts, a world-renowned Australian architect. The 18-hole par-72 course totals 5968 yards and features lighting for night play.
The par-5 18th hole plays 525 yards from the tips, making it the course's most difficult hole. The club's driving range contains special mirrors which help golfers analyze their swing.
The property features one of the most luxurious clubhouses in Shenzhen, including a sumptuous lobby, fitness center, Chinese and Western dining rooms, Mah-Jongg rooms and Chinese medicine physical therapy rooms.
Add: East Shahe Road, Nanshan District
How to get there: 30-minute drive from Shenzhen Railway Station and 20-minute drive from Shekou Port.
NO.8 Shenzhen Green Bay Golf Club 碧海湾高尔夫俱乐部
Located in the West bank of Bao'an Central District, Shenzhen Green Bay Golf Club is
neither too noisy nor too far from the center of Shenzhen City.
Located in the West bank of Bao'an Central District, Shenzhen Green Bay Golf Club is neither too noisy nor too far from the center of Shenzhen City.
Designed by Australian architect Les Watts, the 18-hole lit course stretches 6769 yards. The front nine holes wind around mountains and the back nine feature sea views, making for two distinct golf experiences.
The club is also equipped with a 50-bay driving range, conference facilities, tennis courts, a fitness center and a climbing wall.
Add: Xinwan Road, Xixiang Town, Bao' an District
How to get there: accessible from National highway 107, Guang-Shen Highway or Bao'an Highway
NO.7 Century Seaview Golf Club 世纪海景高尔夫球会
Located in Nan'ao Town, Longgang District, Century Seaview Golf Club features an
18-hole 72-par PGA championship mountain course.
Located in Nan'ao Town, Longgang District, Century Seaview Golf Club features an 18-hole 72-par PGA championship mountain course, with full length at over 8,000 yards. The challenging layout is designed by US based company Nelson & Haworth.
The design takes full advantage of the surrounding landscape of mountains and sea. The strategic layout of 72 bunkers and water hazards makes the course a real challenge to golfers at all levels. The par-5 17th hole is the regarded as "devil hole" due to its uphill layout and abundant hazards. Although extremely challenging, the 17th is many golfers' favorite hole due to its spectacular ocean views. Holes 1 to 4 on the front nine are very demanding, so it is best for beginners to start from the back nine.
Covering an area of over 2000 mu (133 hectares), the club boasts a 7,000-sm luxury clubhouse, beach vacation homes, driving range, private beach and a variety of recreational facilities.
Add: Nan'ao Town, Longgang District
How to get there: about an hour drive from the Huanggang border crossing
NO.6 CTS Tycoon (Shenzhen) Golf Club 港中旅聚豪（深圳）高尔夫球会
CTS Tycoon (Shenzhen) Golf Club is nearby the Shenzhen International Airport.
CTS Tycoon (Shenzhen) Golf Club is nearby the Shenzhen International Airport. The original 27-hole Tycoon Dye course, designed by the famous America design company Dye Designs Group, opened in 2010. The course was later revamped into an 18-hole layout and re-opened in 2011.
The clubhouse's new wing received the 2005 Perspective Design Recognition Award for Best Hospitality. Amenities include a conference hall, guest rooms, private rooms, KTV room, banquet halls and mah-jongg rooms.
The club also provides a number of services and events for members, including summer golf camps and club tournaments.
Add: Jiuwei, Xixiang Town, Bao'an District, Shenzhen
How to get there: 25-minute drive from Shekou, and 15 minutes from Fuyong Port
NO.5 Xili Golf and Country Club 深圳西丽高尔夫乡村俱乐部
Located in Shenzhen's Nanshan District, Xili Golf and Country Club is one of the
most luxurious golf clubs in Asia.
Located in Shenzhen's Nanshan District, Xili Golf and Country Club is one of the most luxurious golf clubs in Asia. Designed by award-winning Lynx architects Nelson, Wright and Haworth, it features 36 challenging holes of golf in four nine-hole courses.
Xili's A and B 9-hole courses are characterized by quite generous fairways and interesting changes in elevation. The C course may not be the longest 9 holes at the club, but it is probably the hardest. The D Course is relatively flat and like the other courses features a nice mix of holes. The different levels of difficulty featured at Xili cater to golfers of all levels.
The club's huge southern-California style clubhouse features exotic and elegant decoration as well as superb facilities, including 26 well-appointed guest rooms and suites, a fitness center, spa, swimming pool, Chinese/Western restaurants and a coffee shop. Individual Membership costs a whopping 1.4 million Yuan ($219,000 USD).
Add: Tang Lang Village, Xili Town, Nan Shan District, Shenzhen
Tel: + 86-755-26552888
How to get there: Shuttle bus to/from Hong Kong
NO.4 Shenzhen Golf Club 深圳高尔夫俱乐部
Established in 1985, Shenzhen Golf Club is one of the earliest golf clubs in China.
Established in 1985, Shenzhen Golf Club is one of the earliest golf clubs in China. The club was first designed by famous Japanese golfer Isao Aoki. Nelson & Haworth Golf Course Architects were given the task of revamping the course, adding rise, bunkers and water hazards as well as changing to a new grass.
The club has hosted a large number of important events over the years, including the Volvo China Open.
Add: South of Xiangmi Lake, Shennan Road, Futian District
How to get there: 8 minute drive from Huanggang Port
NO.3 Shenzhen Wind Valley Golf Club 深圳云海谷高尔夫球场
Shenzhen Wind Valley Golf Club is designed by Neilson Haworth, a well-known and
popular Canadian golf course designer.
Located in the Overseas Chinese Town East Wind Valley Country Sport Park, the Shenzhen Wind Valley Golf Club is designed by Neilson Haworth, a well-known and popular Canadian golf course designer. In this course, Haworth makes full use of the natural surroundings and surrounding lakes, cliffs and waterfalls.
The property features two 18-hole championship courses: one for members and another for the public. The public course is a challenging mountain course. Famous hard holes include the 5th, 13th and 17th.
Both courses are outfitted with state-of-the-art clubhouses. Both clubhouses feature Chinese and Western restaurants, pro shops with top-brand equipment, fitness club and outdoor grilling space. In addition, the property features a unique driving range covering 15000 square meters with 66 bays. The club employs professional trainers who are available for private or group lessons.
Add: Overseas Chinese Town, Yantian District
How to get there: You can drive through the Yan-Ba Highway, and take the Dameisha Exit.
NO.2 Sand River Golf Club 沙河高尔夫球会
Located on the riverbank, Shenzhen Sand River Golf Club has been chosen many times
as one of the Top 10 Golf Clubs by domestic and international media.
Located on the riverbank, one of the most popular tourism destinations in Shenzhen, Shenzhen Sand River Golf Club has been chosen many times as one of the Top 10 Golf Clubs by domestic and international media.
Designed by Gary Player, one of golf's all time greatest players; the club features 27 championship holes. Sand River was voted best in green maintenance by China Golf magazine.
The luxury clubhouse spans 12,000 square meters and features a variety of amenities for members and their guests. The driving range includes 160 automatic bays. The club also has the largest Gary Player Training School in the world, providing professional teachers as well as practice holes.
Add: No.1, Baishi Rd. Nanshan District, Shenzhen
How to get there: 7-minute drive from Shenzhen Bay, 15-minute drive from Huanggang port, 30 minutes from Huangtian Airport or Lok Ma Chaw port, Hong Kong
NO.1 Mission Hills Golf Club (Shenzhen) 深圳观澜湖高尔夫球会
Mission Hills Golf Club is China's highest rated golf and leisure resort as well
as the world's largest golf club according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Mission Hills Golf Club is China's highest rated golf and leisure resort as well as the world's largest golf club according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The 20-square km golf complex is designed by twelve of golf's greatest legends and architects. The property features twelve 18-hole championship courses that combine the characteristics of courses throughout the world.
The twelve courses include the World Cup Course, Annika Course, Duval Course, Els Course, Faldo Course, Leadbetter Course, Norman Course, Olazabal Course, Ozaki Course, Pete Dye Course, Vijay Course and Zhang Lianwei Course.
As the largest and most advanced golf club in the world, it has hosted a variety of domestic and international competitions, including the ISPS Handa Senior World Championship in 2011, the Faldo Series Asia 2011 - China Championship and the 2011 Universiade.
The property also has four clubhouses, which provide a wide range of popular amenities including spas, pro shops, restaurants and function rooms.
Add: Mission Hills Road, Shenzhen
How to get there: Situated along the intersection of the Meiguan Expressway, the Guanshen Expressway and the Jinhe Expressway, Mission Hills is easily accessible from any direction.
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Wow! I am much impressed with the golf playing areas provided in these pictures but confused to select one. I like Shenzhen Airport Golf Club is good in look but I would like to join Mission Hills Golf Club. Thank you for sharing these details. medical billing companies in california
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Every single golf course is attractive and has something unique to offer, like large plane flied, with or without a small forest and other interesting landforms. Further, golf is a wonderful recreational activity for both children and adults. Although it is easy to play, not too many people prefer it. Indeed, someone needs patience to play it, but this is not the main reason why people don't practice it so often. But those who play golf search for the best country club, which has everything a golfer needs, from balls to electrical carts and even club car parts, for spare.
I haven’t been to all the top 10 golf courses in and around Shenzhen. But a couple of them that I visited there are really exciting. I am not a golf player but I have tried playing golf in the courses in Shenzhen.
These are quite amazing, there aren't too many regions which have so many well maintained golf courses. At these locations someone can organize a professional golf contest. For example, if someone wants to participate in a championship golf course, the beautiful golf course at Chevy Chase Country Club organize such events often.