Colin Montgomerie, the Scottish golfing legend and golf course designer, made a recent visit to his latest design project in China – Imperial Springs Golf Club in Conghua, Guangdong Province. The Imperial Springs project, just 1 hour outside of Guangzhou, has been developed by Kingold Group and includes a state-of-the-art conference centre a boutique all suite hotel, private hot spring spa villas and the 6800 m² Presidential Villa designed to accommodate heads of state and other VIPs.
The 27-hole championship golf course is already one of China’s best. Colin Montgomerie commented, “This natural site was truly unique and the best I have been involved with in China. The blend of hills, winding valleys, and a river, all helped to create so many enjoyable and instantly memorable golf holes.”
In addition to Colin Montgomerie and his design team at IMG, Kingold spared no expense in hiring a team of world-class consultants and project team members including Pinnacle Design from the USA who were responsible for all of the landscape and water feature designs. Montgomerie further added, “After coming back and playing Imperial Springs I am very happy with the end result! Not only is the golf course of world class quality, but the entire Imperial Springs project is very impressive and unique not only to China, but to all of Asia. I am very proud to be associated with Imperial Springs.”
Adjacent to the Phoenix Mountain, the golf course runs through undulating hills and around small lakes. In addition to a luxurious Chinese imperial style clubhouse, the golf experience is enhanced by China’s first ever remote controlled buggies and “tee off villas” located near the first tee for the exclusive use of VIP golfers.