Nanlihu Golf Club
Nanlihu Golf Club
Schmidt-Curley Design – one of golf’s most active and innovative design firms – has completed a total remodel of Nanlihu Golf Club on China’s tropical Hainan Island.
Located 45 minutes south of the capital city of Haikou, the par-72, 7,000-plus yard layout adjoins scenic Nanli Lake. Lead designer Lee Schmidt spearheaded the complete course transformation.
Wickedly shaped, grass-faced bunkers complement undulating Paspalum fairways and boldly contoured green surfaces. Full-grown palm trees were transplanted throughout to immediately give the course a mature look.
"With an improved routing, wall-to-wall Paspalum turf, enhanced strategic options and 11 holes bordering the lake, Nanlihu is now a stern, picturesque test for all to enjoy," says Lee Schmidt. "Our firm has successfully performed a number of renovations over the years, from major overhauls to minor tweaks, and relishes opportunities to inject new life into outdated courses."
Case in point is Schmidt-Curley’s work at Siam Country Club’s Old Course in Pattaya, Thailand. New greens, improved bunkering and removal of select trees to improve air flow around greens and reclaim playing corridors netted Asian Golf Monthly’s 2008 "Best Renovation" award. Post-remodel, the Old Course has hosted four editions of the Honda LPGA Thailand, crowning a "who’s who" of champions – Yani Tseng (twice), Ai Miyazato and Suzann Pettersen.
Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, Schmidt-Curley has two fully-staffed China offices (Haikou and Kunming). This unmatched presence in the Asian market promotes quicker mobilization, lower travel costs and other valuable advantages over competitors.
About Schmidt-Curley Design
Founded in 1997 by partners Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley, Schmidt-Curley Design ( is a full-service, international golf course architecture and master-planning firm. The tandem – leading fully-staffed offices in the USA (Scottsdale, Arizona) and China (Haikou, Hainan Island and Kunming) – has been named GOLF Magazine’s "Architect of the Year" and Asian Golf Monthly’s "Best Golf Course Architects."
Schmidt-Curley has designed more than 150 layouts in 25 countries. High-profile credits include 10 of the 12 courses at storied Mission Hills Shenzhen – the "World’s Largest Golf Club" – and all 10 at Mission Hills’ new Hainan Island resort. Mission Hills Hainan’s Lava Fields Course is the only Chinese design ranked among Golf World’s "Top 100," and was named GOLF Magazine’s "Best New International Course" of 2011.
Other award-winning results include Mission Hills Hainan’s Blackstone Course; Thailand’s Siam C.C. and Amata Spring G.C.; Southern Dunes G.C. (Arizona, USA); The Wilderness Club (Montana, USA) and French Lick Resort’s Donald Ross Course (Indiana, USA). The recently unveiled 54-hole Stone Forest International C.C. near Kunming is also garnering global acclaim.
Schmidt-Curley has worked extensively with golf’s biggest names — including Pete Dye, Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus and Fred Couples on numerous noteworthy projects — and boasts five ASGCA members (Schmidt, Curley, Grant Haserot, Andy Raugust and Shane Witcombe).
Producing demanding yet beautiful and enjoyable courses, Schmidt-Curley strives to create golf experiences that stir the senses and elevate golfers’ appreciations for the land and the game. By balancing classic golf course architecture with ever-changing contemporary technology, Schmidt-Curley places an emphasis on site-adaptive courses, memorable and satisfying for all levels of play and always designed for cost-efficient maintenance and operations.

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