Located just north of Sanya, the layout boasts bold, sprawling bunkers that flank fairways deftly routed through the rolling landscape. Eight holes dramatically hug the Changling Reservoir’s shoreline, providing several visually striking risk-reward opportunities throughout the round. The par 72 measures 7,011 yards from the back tees.
“White Stone Hot Springs is our 14th course to open on Hainan Island since 2009,” says Brian Curley, GOLF Magazine’s 2011 “Architect of the Year” and Asian Golf Monthly’s “Best Architect” for the past two years with partner Lee Schmidt. “Firm hallmarks like wide playing corridors, strong angles of approach, strategic bunkering and maintenance-friendly design are on full display and sure to please players and owners alike. The layout is very user-friendly and its setting among lush, tropical vegetation creates a botanical oasis for island golfers.”
Nearly 40 Schmidt-Curley-designed courses have opened in China over the last decade. Many have hosted professional tournaments, including Mission Hills Haikou’s Blackstone Course (2011 World Cup of Golf) and Vintage Course (2012 World Ladies Championship); Tianjin Binhai Lake’s Pete Dye Course (2012 Volvo China Open); and Mission Hills Dongguan’s Olazabal Course (2007, 2008 and 2009 World Cup of Golf and November 2012’s WGC-HSBC Champions).
Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, the firm has two fully-staffed China offices (in Haikou and Kunming) to promote quicker mobilization, lower travel costs and other valuable advantages over competitors.
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