Nanhu Golf Club Golf Club

Course Data
LocationGuangzhou, Guandong, China
Yardage6757 yards Par 72
Course Rating 
Playing Date27 Mar. 2005
DesignerJack Nicklaus
Golf CartYes (Compulsory on Saturdays and Sundays)
Overall Rating
Course Layout
Difficulty Level
Greens Conditions
Fairways Conditions
Landscaping & Views

A view from the clubhouse
The course is at the foot of a mountain and beside a big lake. Greens are relatively small which is unusual because Nicklaus commonly designed big and wavy greens. 6 holes have 2 greens each, short and long. Though all par 5s have good layouts, they are relatively easy. The front 9 is very fun to play while the back 9 is not that interesting.
3rd  Par 5 495 yards
A Par 5 reachable in 2. A 200-yard carry off the tee is needed to clear the lake. The left side of the fairway and the green face the lake. If you decide to lay up, the second shot is demanding because the landing area is squeezed by the lake and the bunkers.

3rd hole seen from the green

3rd Par 5 495 yards (2)

3rd Par 5 495 yards (1)
4th  Par 4 401 yards
A straight and demanding hole. 2 inlets need to be negotiated on your way from tee to green. You hit the tee shot to an island fairway almost surrounded by water. The green is tremendously long more than 50 yards, divided into 2 greens. I played the shorter green this time. The longer green increases the distance from 401 to 421 yards.

Island fairway

4th Par 4 401 yards (2)

4th Par 4 401 yards (1)
8th  Par 4 461 yards

8th Par 4 461 yards (2)

8th Par 4 461 yards (1)
A gentle down slope, slight dogleg to the right with water and bushes on the right. You hit the second shot from a downhill lie, which is demanding. The undulating green is guarded by bunkers and water on the right. The green and its surrounding area seen from the second shot are scenic.

11th Par 5 532 yards
An almost straight hole. A lake facing the left side of the fairway comes into play on the second shot. The green is guarded by bunkers.

11th hole seen from the green

11th Par 5 532 yards (2)

11th Par 5 532 yards (1)
14th  Par 5 488 yards

14th Par 5 488 yards (2)

14th Par 5 488 yards (1)
An “S” shaped hole with a dogleg to the left around a lake followed by a sight dogleg to the right. The second shot is downhill, so this very short par 5 can be reached in 2. I think that it should be changed into a challenging par 4, and then the hole’s impression would become more memorable.
17th Par 3 218 yards

17th hole seen from the green

17th Par 3 218 yards
A challenging par 3 over a lake. You should hit long rather than short because the bunkers guarding the front of the green are quite deep.

19th hole

Yihe Hotel

Yihe Hotel
It takes 30 minutes from Guangzhou by car. I stayed at Yihe Hotel, a 5-minute drive from the course by car, and played the following day. The hotel was excellent.

If you like to play the black tees, the longest, you should negotiate with a starter before you play. I tried to play from the black tees but my caddie said that the tees were not allowed to play. Luckily, I met a starter patrolling the course on the second hole and asked him to allow me to play from the black tees, which I could play. The black tees were not placed on the longest tee-grounds, so I played from there without the tees

The other Jack Nicklaus designed courses in China are Chung Shan Hot Spring (中山温泉) GC – Jack Nicklaus Course, Pine Valley International (華彬国際) GC, Shanghai Links (上海林克司) G&CC, Hangzhou West Lake International (杭州西湖国際) G&CC, Spring City (春城) G&LR - Mountain Course, Suzhou Sunrise (蘇州中興) GC, Mission Hill (觀蘭湖)GC – World Cup Course, Palm Island (恵陽棕櫚島) GC, Wuyi Fountain Palm (江門五邑蒲蔡) GC.