Spring City Golf Resort of Kunming
Spring City Golf Resort has two 18-hole golf courses separately designed by famous names, notably RTJ and the Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus. Regarded by many as the better of the two; depending on your level of appreciation really; the Lake Course was designed by R. T. Jones Jr. Described by some as ‘..the natural topography containing all the requisite drama…’ and for what is ostensibly a resort course, Spring City Golf Resort is a Par-72 7,200-yard course and indeed a tough one. Nearly all tee-off shots require a generally higher level of accuracy. The 40-meter elevational difference between the clubhouse and the edge of the scenic Yang Zong Hai Lake only adds to the woes even when it fails to deceive the more experienced in its openness. Perhaps because of this and together with the cool temperate climate, exacting design of the course, the scenic surrounding and the well-maintained bentgrass, the US Golf Digest magazine ranked Spring City Golf Resort The Number One Course of China.
Measuring longer at 7,453 yards, the Jack Nicklaus-designed the Spring City Golf Resort Mountain Course is another kettle of fish. Situated behind the clubhouse, this 18-hole Par-72 is built, in the designer’s own words, ‘..to compliment the area’s climate..’ and is thus ‘..framed by native pines and rock out-croppings highlighted by picturesque views of the mountain and the lake.’. Sounds like golfing in a scroll of poetic Chinese landscape brush painting isn’t it? The main features are therefore elevated tee boxes and greens; generous fairways for a ‘great run down’ for bonus distances. Others, including a liberal sprinkling of bunkers and grassy hollows, demand a more than usual accuracy. Well contoured Bentgrass-covered greens will test your concentration to the fullest. But otherwise, the five sets of tees will ensure anyone of any level will enjoy playing at Spring City Golf Resort.
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