Spring City Golf & Lake Resort - Lake Course

Course Data
LocationKunming, Yunnan Province, China
Yardage7204 yards Par 72
Course Rating72.8
Playing Date30 Apr. 2004
DesignerRobert Trent Jones Jr.
Golf CartYes (Compulsory and can be driven on the fairways after 10:00 a.m.)
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Landscaping & Views

This is one of the most beautiful golfing resorts with 2 championship courses, this Lake Course and Mountain Course. Sitting 2000 meters (6500 ft.) above sea leve, the couse has a year-round spring-like climate with a huge and beautiful lake creating a perfect backdrop. The course is designed to accentuate the delicate beauty and tranquility of the surrounding natural landscape. Preserving the pine trees, rocky outcrops and undulating terrain, the course allows players to enjoy beautiful nature first hand. At the same time, it is a very challenging course unlike typical golf resorts with easy layouts and slow greens. All 18 holes provide good views of the lake. Because the course is laid out on a slope leading up from the lake, the holes 1-9 descend step by step toward the lake below. The front nine has a 150-yard elevation drop from Hole 1 on the hill to Hole 9 by the lake side and then holes 10-18 ascend step by step. There is bush either right or left on all 18 holes with a cliff on the opposite side. Missing the generally narrow fairways will often mean having to play another ball. Over all it best suits advanced players but the great views and landscaping are guaranteed to please all golfers.

A view from the clubhouse

A view from the clubhouse




2nd Par 4 448 yards

2nd Par 4 448 yards (2)

2nd Par 4 448 yards (1)
A slightly downhill hole. The best route is over the left side bunker, but if you pull it to the left of the bunker, your ball might be in bush. The green is narrow with a bunker on the right and a sharp cliff off to the left.

5th Par 4 379 yards

5th Par 4 379 yards (2)

5th Par 4 379 yards (1)
The tee shot needs to be hit over the valley to one of two fairways separated by a long bunker. The green is narrow and elevated with a deep bunker on the left and a sharp drop off to the right, so an accurate approach shot is required.

7th Par 4 388 yards
A relatively short , downhill par 4 with a dogleg to the right. When you hit the second shot, you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding areas.

7th Par 4 388 yards (3)

7th Par 4 388 yards (2)

7th Par 4 388 yards (1)
8th Par 3 172 yards

8th Par 3 172 yards

8th Par 3 172 yards
A steep dwonhil par 3. The signature hole with the green 30 meters (100 ft.) lower than the tee. The narrow green is bordered by water along the right and rear. This is a difficult club selection hole.

9th Par 5 486 yards

9th Par 5 486 yards (2)

9th Par 5 486 yards (1)
A relatively short par 5 with a narrow fairway guarded by water on the right and rugged rock cliffs on the left. A long hitter can reach the green in 2 but water on three sides of the green will make this a risky option. The view of this hole from behind the green is fantastic.

9th hole seen from 10th

9th green

9th Par 5 486 yards (3)
10th Par 3 190 yards

10th Par 3 190 yards
It is an uphill, demanding par 3 over a valley. A missed shot to the right or to the front will find the ball bouncing down the rocky cliffside to the lake below. It is a unique as you need hit to the very elevated green with the sky for a backdrop.

11th Par 5 614 yards

11th Par 5 614 yards (2)

11th Par 5 614 yards (1)
A long par 5 with a sharp slope on the left. The fairway undulates and the green is double tiered to left and right.

13th Par 4 428 yards
A gentle dogleg to the left., which is my most favorite hole. You can drive hard due to a wide fairway, but the approach shot must be accurate because the left half of the green runs into a cliff falling to the lake below. The beauty of the uniquely shaped green and the lake behind it seen on your second shot is really spectacular.

13th Par 4 428 yards (3)

13th Par 4 428 yards (2)

13th Par 4 428 yards (1)
15th Par 4 386 yards

15th Par 4 386 yards (2)

15th Par 4 386 yards (1)
Two fairways are provided on this shorter par 4. The left fairway is wider, but a huge bunker in front of the green will come into play and it will be an uphill approach. The right fairway is narrower but it will be an open approach playing level into the green.
17th Par 4 425 yards
A challenging hole. There is steep terrain on the right of the hole and the fairway slopes from the left to the right. The green is narrow and you had better avoid a bunker, 5 meters (16ft.) deep, protecting the left side of the green. There is also a cliff on the right side of the green, so it is a very demanding approach shot.


17th green

17th Par 4 425 yards (2)

17th Par 4 425 yards (1)
19th hole


It takes about 45 minutes from Kunming Airport by car. The altitude of 2000 meters (6500 ft.) above sea level adds some 10% distance to your driver. The hotel adjacent to the club is comfortable and you can enjoy a resort life.


Beautiful flowers in the course

Beautiful flowers in the course
Beautiful flowerbeds with various colors are placed on sides of all tees; players can understand why Kunming is called “ the flower capital”.


Meticulous green maintenance
Caddies were well trained and they fixed green divots as soon as they found them. Also, employees who are not caddies put sand, the same color as the green, on the divots carefully through their fingertips, which was very impressive. This is a secret to maintaining the course in top condition.


II have played twice, two years ago, Aug. 2002, and this time, and the course conditions were excellent. However, my friend who played in Aug. 2004, said that the conditions then were not that great. This golf resort is often written about by many Asian golf magazines. In August, holidays and the best season for Kunming’s pine mushrooms coincide, so too many players tend to go there and it might affect adversely the course maintenance sometimes.

The other Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed courses in China are Sunshine (陽光) GC, Shanghai International (上海國際) CC, Harbour Plaza (東筦海逸) GC, Trans Strait (海峡奥林匹克) GC, Yalong Bay (亞龍灣) GC and in Hong Kong Discovery Bay (愉景灣) GC.