Rapidly developing into a tropical getaway for amateur as well as professional golf enthusiasts, Hainan offers an astounding collection of no less than 20 golf courses spread over the island, with more under construction and even more being planned.
 
Golf courses in Hainan are sculpted to blend in with the natural environment, and with a sub-tropical climate the greens, fairways and vegetation are maintained year round to maintain peak condition.
 
Golf course designers and planners include Australian Masters champion Graham Marsh, Malaysian designer C.J. Tan and golfer Colin Montgomerie, among others.
 
The following ten golf clubs in Hainan stand out for their excellent locations, courses, services and natural surroundings.
 
1. Yalong Bay Golf Club三亚亚龙湾高尔夫球会
 
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 and 2012.
 
Since its opening, the club has won dozens of prestigious awards and accolades, including making the Golf Digest’s ‘Top 10 Golf Clubs in China’ list for 3 years running, and being named as one of the Best Tournament Golf Courses in Asia.
 
The close proximity of many fantastic international brand hotels offering world-class luxury accommodation, including the Hilton and Ritz Carlton, is another important factor that has cemented Yalong Bay Golf Club’s reputation as an unparalleled golfing destination.
 
Tel: +86 898-8856 5888
Add: Yalong Bay National Resort, Sanya City, Hainan Province
 
2. Sanya Luhuitou Golf Club三亚鹿回头高尔夫球会
 
Sanya Luhuitou Golf Course was designed by Mr. Nelson Haworth of N&H, an American golf design company. It is a standard 72-par golf course with a total course length of 7,310 yards. The course and its greens all feature seashore paspalum, which thrives in tropical areas.
 
With the beautiful Luhuitou Park on one side, the golf course faces the spectacular South China Sea on the other side. The azure sea, silvery beach and expansive grassy plains combine to make a location of picture-perfect beauty underneath an almost invariably glorious and cloudless blue sky. It is truly a shining pearl even in a city as beautiful as Sanya.
 
Invested in by Shanghai Mingshen Group, the golf course has a total area of 2,600 mu (about 1.7 sq km). It is a comprehensive project that integrates golfing, hotels and real estate.
 
Tel: +86 898-8833 8888
Add: Luhuitou Development Area, Sanya, Hainan 海南省三亚市鹿回头高尔夫开发区
Website: www.lhtgolf.com
 
3. Sun Valley Sanya Golf Resort三亚红峡谷高尔夫球场
 
Covering an area of 1,500 hectares with an investment of RMB 20 billion, this 7,875 yard Par-73 championship golf course was designed by the world famous golf design company JMP and is famous for its large greens.
 
The course is quite a tough test, not only because of the huge greens but also thanks to a number of other challenges including the longest hole in China – the 18th, a Par-6 hole stretching an enormous 828 yards from tee to hole .
 
Nearby attractions include the Butterfly Park, Seashell Museum and Yalong Bay Central Square. Many famous star rated hotels are within five minutes’ drive.
 
Tel: +86 898-8856 6698
Add: Yalong Bay, Sanya, Hainan 海南省三亚市亚龙湾度假旅游区
 
4.       HNA Kangle Garden International Golf Club 康乐园国际高尔夫球会
 
This is the first of the 7 golf courses that the owner, Hainan Airlines, has in its master plan to build a major golf complex and recreational resort out of the vast hinterland of rubber plantation and coffee trees in Wanning County, about a 1.5-hour drive south from Haikou along the East Expressway.
 
Designed by Robert MacFarland, this 18-hole Par-72 7,201-yard course is tucked into the trees on rugged terrain and near hot springs. The first half of the course has literally only the trees and land obstacles to overcome while the second half is more open and adds variety with much more water play.
 
The Par-3 227-yard Hole 14 is a test of strength and luck. Water fringes are from midway to the left side of the green, which is padded on both sides below the chin by two long and narrow bunkers.
 
Tel: +86 898 6257 6999
Add: Xinglong Hotspring Resort Area, Wanning City, Hainan海南省万宁市兴隆旅游度假区康乐园
 
5. Sun River Golf Club 太阳河高尔夫俱乐部
 
Designed by the Malaysian course designer CJ Tan, this 18-hole course is in close vicinity to the Kangle Garden International Golf Club. The course covers a total area of 120 hectares.
 
The layout is surrounded by the most colorful landscape. With the finest greens, you are bound to have one of your best rounds of golf here. 
 
The 16th hole is the most praised among players of the course. The main facilities include a driving range, pro-shop, club resort, outdoor hot spring pool, sauna and bar.
 
Tel: +86 898 62576996
Add: Xinglong Hotspring Resort Area, Wanning City, Hainan海南省万宁市兴隆旅游度假区康乐园
 
6. BFA International Convention Golf Club 博鳌亚洲论坛国际会议中心高尔夫球会
 
Located on the adjacent Dongyu Island, the BFA Course is part of the entire complex of the Bo’ao Asian Convention that is held yearly at the BFA Convention Center.
 
Designed by an Australian man, Graham Marsh, this 18-hole Par-72 7,129-yard course opened in 2003 with the rest of the complex when the convention got underway.
 
The main feature of the course is the massive man-made lakes which are found in between fairways for most of the holes.
 
The 189-yard Hole 7 enjoys a reputation as one of the most beautiful Par-3’s in China. The green here is generously large but undulating and well protected by several sand pits. Overhead winds often decide the final outcome on this straightforward yet challenging hole.
 
Tel: +86 898-6296 6188 / 6296 6008
Add: Dongyu Island, Bo’ao Town, Qionghai, Hainan 海南省琼海市博螯水城沙坡岛
 
7. Bo’ao Golf & Country Club博鳌高尔夫乡村俱乐部
 
Bo’ao Golf & Country Club features a link style with its layout built on the tiny, sandy island of Shapo situated at the mouth of the Wanquan River.
 
On the 7,228-yard course, with 18 holes and a Par-72, the front 9 holes are mainly open, sandy areas and constantly brushed by the sea breeze.
 
The back 9 holes pass through the island, bringing together a sandy beach, pond, strange stores, swaying coconut palm trees, and a vast view of countryside fields. One feels a cool breeze even in the hot summer. What’s more, with chirping birds overhead, it feels you are in a natural park with all of its wild features.
 
Tel: +86 898 62775262
Add: Shapo Island, Bo’ao, Qionghai City, Hainan 海南省琼海市博鳌水城沙坡岛
 
8. Hainan Moonbay Golf Club海南月亮湾高尔夫球会
 
Situated next to a crocodile farm inside the Yingbin Island in the northwest suburb of Haikou, the Hainan Moonbay Golf Club is a USGA Golf Course Standards compliant course and the design was the product of a collective effort by a team from the USA.
 
The 27-hole par-108 course totals 10,269 yards and features lighting for night play.
 
One of the main features of the course is some deep and out-stretching bunkers that players have to contend with. The other is a large pond with clear water, to and from which the ‘riverlets’ flow, and while they serve to contribute much to the aesthetic of the course they are still no easy hazards.
 
Tel: +86 898 68701048
Add: Yingbin Holiday Resort District in the suburb northwest of Haikou City海口市西北近郊的盈滨岛度假区内
 
9. Hainan IBL Golf Club海南依必朗高尔夫俱乐部
 
Designed by Taiwanese Chen Qingquan, it is a 10,830-yard 27-hole course consisting of three rather distinct 9’s – the Mountain 9, the Lake 9 and the Field 9, with the first two making up a total of 7,028 yards as the club’s Standard Par-72 Championship 18 hole course.
 
Not unexpectedly, Hainan as the only part of China that can truly lay claim to being part of the tropic, the main vegetation along the Hawaiian grass-turfed fairways is the ever-swaying coconut trees, while the greens are covered with Bermuda grass.
 
Tel: +86 898 65630066
Add: Hongqi Town, Qiongshan District, Haikou, Hainan 海南省海口市琼山区红旗镇
 
10. Mission Hills Golf Club 海南观澜湖高尔夫球会
 
The Mission Hills Haikou golf complex consists of 10 recently completed courses including three 18-hole championship golf courses.
 
Drawing inspiration from iconic international designs, the courses are perched on a bed of ancient lava rock, highlighting the area’s volcanic origins and creating a truly unique golf environment.
 
Players of all skill levels will enjoy the variety of layouts featured at Mission Hills Resort Haikou.
 
A series of high-profile golf tournaments have been staged on its world-class courses, such as the Omega Mission Hills World Cup, the Mission Hills Star Trophy and the World Ladies Championship.
 
Tel: +86 898 68683888
Add: No.1 Mission Hills Boulevard, Haikou, Hainan,海南省海口市观澜湖大道一号
 
SOURCE: WOS Team 
 
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