Yalong Bay Golf Club

Course Data
LocationHainan Province, China
Yardage7116 yards Par 72
Course Rating73.8
Playing Date31 Dec. 2004
DesingnerRobert Trent Jones Jr.
Golf CartYes (compulsory)
Overall Rating
Course Layout
Difficulty Level
Greens Conditions
Fairways Conditions
Landscaping & Views
Level of Satisfaction
This course is the most southerly in China. The terrain used to be a sand dune a long, long time ago, and now is a classic links styled course with rolling fairways. Greens are fast, undulating and well bunkered. The challenging layout and the sea wind makes play demanding.
2nd  Par 4 480 yards

2nd Par 4 480 yards (2)

2nd Par 4 480 yards (1)
A long dogleg to the right. The second shot is gently downhill. The left of the green borders water and the right of the green is guarded by a deep bunker, so an accurate fairway wood shot is required. When the headwind is strong, this hole may not be reachable in 2 and need to carry the second shot to the place where the next approach shot will be easy to hit.
3rd Par 3 196 yards

3rd Par 3 196 yards
A challenging par 3 over a lake. The green is wide and well contoured with water on the front and the right.

5th Par 3 170 yards

5th green

5th Par 3 170 yards
A beautiful par 3. The green is protected by shoulder-high bushes on the left and bunkers on the right.
7th Par 4 296 yards

7th Par 4 296 yards
A very short par 4, which tempts you to hit the green in 1. The closer to the green, the narrower the landing areas become, so if your drive is very hard, you have a good chance of getting a birdie as well as a high risk of the ball disappearing in the hazards on either side. To play safe, you had better use a fairway wood or a long iron off the tee. This is a typical “risk and reward” hole.
13th  Par 5 543 yards
A great & picturesque, slight dogleg to the left with water all the way along the left. The green is swung further to the left. A straight tee shot to the narrow looking fairway is a must. A long hitter is tempted to go for the green in 2 but needs to hit a perfect second shot, anything less or left will find the water. When you lay up, the second shot is also difficult because the fairway is squeezed by a series of 100-yard-long bunkers on the right and water on the left.

13th Par 5 543 yards (3)

13th Par 5 543 yards (2)

13th Par 5 543 yards (1)
15th  Par 3 240 yards

15th Par 3 240 yards
It is difficult to hit the green in regulation on this hole as it is very long and the green is just a little over 20 yards wide. The deep but not wide green is guarded by bunkers on both sides.
16th Par 5 595 yards
There are two routes on the second shot. One route is over a lake, which makes this hole almost straight and reduces the distance a great deal. However, you must hit a very long and accurate 3 wood shot, otherwise it will disappear in the water. If the very demanding second shot is successful, the next approach shot is easy. Another route is to hit the left fairway, which is safer and makes this hole a dogleg to the right. The second shot is difficult in this case, too, because the landing areas are squeezed by the lake on the right and the bunkers on the left. The third shot is over water.

16th Par 5 595 yards (3)

16th Par 5 595 yards (2)

16th Par 5 595 yards (1)
19th hole

It takes 30 minutes from Sanya Airport by car. The golf club is in front of Sanya Beach and is located within walking distance of the Sanya Marriott Hotel where I stayed. This hotel was superb enough to give me the illusion I was in Hawaii.

I could play from the longest tees because I showed my the single-handicap certificate to a caddie master. Adjacent to the course, there is a beautiful swimming pool with a man-made beach which was used for 2003 Miss World Competition.

Marriott Hotel

Marriott Hotel

Marriott Hotel


The other Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed courses in China are Spring City (春城) G&LR – Lake Course, 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 and in Hong Kong Discovery Bay (愉景灣) GC.