Kai Kou Golf Club

Course Data
LocationXiamen, Fujian Province, China 
Yardage7074 yards Par 72
Course Rating 
Playing Date2 May 2005
DesignerGreg Norman
Golf CartYes
Overall Rating
Course Layout
Difficulty Level
Greens Conditions
Fairways Conditions
Landscaping & Views

This is a hillside course with moderate ups and downs. Strategy is important on this course as the landing areas are guarded by bunkers, bushes, lakes and slopes. You must manage your shots carefully not to let your balls hit the bunkers in order to have a good score, as they are very deep. The course layout is excellent but it is regrettable that the greens were slow and not well maintained.

A view of 17th green

A dog aseembled by by huge rocks next to 8th green

6th  Par 3 194 yards

7th Par 4 375 yards (1)
A par 3 over water.
7th  Par 4 375 yards
A slight dogleg to the right. This hole is beautiful but difficult. Accuracy of the tee shot is a must on this relatively short par 4 because the landing area off the tee is tight and guarded by water on 3 sides, forming as if it were an island fairway. The second shot is gently uphill.

7th island fairway

7th Par 4 375 yards (2)

7th Par 4 375 yards (1)
9th  Par 4 421 yards

9th Par 4 421 yards (2)

9th Par 4 421 yards (1)
A gentle uphill, dogleg to the left. The fairway bunkers on the both sides off the tee come into play. You should hit long rather than short on the second shot because a huge bunker shaped like a hand guards the front side of the green.
12th  Par 4 462 yards
A long, beautiful dogleg to the left. The tee shot is a gentle uphill one and the second shot is gently downhill. It is difficult to hit the green in regulation because a 250-yard drive is needed and the green is guarded by water on the left and bunkers on the right. The second shots will have downhill lies and the longer it remains, the harder it becomes to hit the green.

12th green

12th Par 4 462 yards (2)

12th Par 4 462 yards (1)
13th  Par 4 444 yards
A demanding par 4 with an uphill tee shot. The fairway bunker on the right and cumbersome, long roughs on the left come into play. The wide, not deep, green is a little elevated and guarded by two deep bunkers in front.

13th Par 4 444 yards (3)

13th Par 4 444 yards (2)

13th Par 4 444 yards (1)
16th  Par 3 167 yards

16th Par 3 167 yards (2)

16th Par 3 167 yards (1)
A slightly downhill, neat par 3. The right half of the front side of the green faces a lake. The green is divided into 2 faces by a sharp mound. When the pin position is on the right, this hole becomes difficult, as it requires carrying over water. Also, the left side of the green is not a safety zone. It is hard to save par by putting or chipping over the mound from the left side.

18th  Par 4 430 yards

18th Par 4 430 yards (2)

18th Par 4 430 yards (1)
A gentle uphill dogleg to the left. Bunkers on both left and right sides of the fairway come into play, so a long and accurate drive is needed off the tee. The green is big and slopes steeply from the back to the front. The green is guarded by deep bunkers.
19th  hole

It takes 40 minutes from Xiamen and 30 minutes from the airport by car. Xiamen is an island and doesn’t have any golf courses inside the city. All the golf courses are on the mainland, across the sea.

I could freely choose the tees to play.

The other Greg Norman designed courses in Asia are Nirwana Bali GC, Laguna Bintan GC, River Side GC, Tering Bay G&CC in Indonesia, Thana City G&CC in Thailand, The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip GC, Danang GC in Vietnam, Shirasagi GC in Japan, Jade Palace in Korea and Mission Hills (觀瀾湖) GC (Norman Course) in China.