The only tropical island in China, Sanya boasts the perfect climate and conditions for golfing. And this month, The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya is set to host the final of the 2013 Sportingclass Industry Invitational golf tournament amid its luxurious facilities, attracting international golfers and spectators alike to its verdant shores.






80 corporate golfers flown from UK, the participators including executives from Byrne Group, Carnaby Film, Tesco, Emirates, Coca Cola Enterprises etc.


 Guest arrived on 4th November to The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya, a welcome reception was holding on the pool side.


Prize giving gala dinner celebration was hosted by the hotel at its beautiful beach front lawn.


Guest arrived on 4th November to The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya, a welcome reception was holding on the pool side. Tournament final was on 5th to 7th November at Sanya Yalong Bay Golf Club, prize giving gala dinner celebration was hosted by the hotel at its beautiful beach front lawn.


In its fourth year, the Sportingclass Industry Invitational is a UK-based corporate golf tournament with qualifying rounds taking place at esteemed venues, such as Loch Lomond, The Grove and Stoke Park. Each year, the final takes place at an outstanding Ritz-Carlton property across the globe. This year marks the first time the event is in Asia; it has attracted much media attention and the participation of around 80 international corporate executives.


“We are very excited to welcome international golfers and golf enthusiasts to The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya this year,” said Michel Goget, Executive Chairman of the Sanya Tourism Hotel Association and General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya. “Through high profile golfing events, such as the Sportingclass Industry Invitational, Sanya is set to become the hottest golf destination in Asia Pacific and it will eventually overtake the popularity of its counterparts in Hawaii and Miami.”


About The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya

Situated on an exclusive site along Yalong Bay in Hainan Province, The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya provides expansive views of the South China Sea and features 450 guest rooms, suites and private villas. Extensive recreational facilities include swimming pools, tennis courts, fitness centre and a signature Ritz Kids® Club. Guests will also enjoy the largest Ritz-Carlton spa in the region designed by ESPA. Seven restaurants and lounges offer scenic views of the lagoon and the ocean.  In addition to flexible space designed for meetings, conferences and special social events, a waterfront wedding chapel, will be the backdrop for intimate ceremonies. A designer on-site boutique shopping arcade with six of the world’s top brands: Louis Vuitton, Prada, Salvatore Feragamo, TOD’S, Paul & Shark and Ermenegildo Zegna is a first for Hainan Island.


About Sportingclass 

Sportingclass Ltd, established in 2002, is an exceptionally well-respected and trusted sports events, hospitality, sponsorship management and consultancy company. Working with world-class brands such as Heathrow Express, Cathay Pacific, The Ritz-Carlton, American Express, Tesco, Brewin Dolphin, Cleveland Golf, British Airways, Galvin Green, Jones Lang LeSalle, Williams F1, CA Technologies, Greene King, Etihad, Hays Recruitment, Heineken and many more, Sportingclass deliver to the highest calibre of clients at the most acclaimed venues and sports events around the World. Sportingclass have been particularly well established in golf since 2005, when they promoted and managed the European Seniors Tour, London Seniors Masters event.  An event which ran successfully for three years, leading to the host venue, being awarded the European Tour’s, European Open.


About Yalong Bay Golf Club

Yalong Bay Golf Club is one of the masterpieces created by the eminent course designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. The clubhouse covers an area of 10,000 square meters. Encompassing the only beach lagoon and grass tennis courts in Yalong Bay, a relaxing and fun stay at Yalong Bay Golf Club is guaranteed.Yalong Bay Golf Club has hosted a total of 12 professional tournaments, including the Sanya Open in 2003, 2004 and 2006, the Volkswagen China Masters in 2006, the TCL Classic in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and the Sanya Ladies Open in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Since its opening the club has won dozens of prestigious awards and accolades, including making Golf Digest’s Top 10 Golf Clubs in China list 3 years running, and placing on the Best Tournament Golf Courses in Asia.


SOURCE: The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya