Dongguan Hillview Golf Club - Master Course

Course Data
LocationGuandong Province, China
Yardage7019 yards Par 72
Course Rating72.3
Playing Date31 Jan. 2004
DesignerJim Engh
Golf CartYes (Compulsory)
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Landscaping & Views


A view from the clubhouse
  The club combines 36-hole champion golf courses, this Master Course and Open Course, which are set in a beautiful valley. The course is rolling and the hollows are invariably filled with ponds and lakes. It features a couple of split fairways, and massive and deep bunkers, most of which are 2 to 3 meters (6 to 10 ft) deep, are scattered around the course. You can enjoy figuring out the your own best attacking route to attack the flag while avoiding the deep bunkers. However, it could be a bit difficult for a beginner who is not a good bunker player. The front 9, C Course, has an excellent layout that gives you good challenge on every hole. You can enjoy putting, too, because the greens are fast compared to average golf courses in China.
1st  Par 5 547 yards

1st Par 5 547 yards (2)

1st Par 5 547 yards (1)
A dogleg to the right. It can be possible to hit the green in 2. For the tee-shot the fairway slopes gently downhill and when you land on the fairway close to the lake on the right, you can take a short cut saving about 50 yards, leaving a chance for an Eagle. However, the second shot is over a lake, and water hazards and the well-placed bunkers around the green await your miss-hit shot.

2nd  Par 3 177 yards

2nd Par 3 177 yards
A neat par 3 over a pond. The rocks located between the pond and the green are impressive.
3rd Par 4 414 yards

3rd Par 4 414 yards
A par 4 with split fairways. The left fairway is narrower and the bunkers on both sides come into play but it is closer to the green. The right fairway is wider but further from the green.

4th  Par 4 404 yards

4th Par 4 404 yards (2)

4th Par 4 404 yards (1)
A par 4 with water on the right of the hole. You had better avoid a deep bunker on the right side of the green.
6th Par 5 577 yards

6th Par 5 577 yards (2)

6th Par 5 577 yards (1)
A par 5 that offers multiple routes to attack the flag. If you hit straight, it will be a straight hole and you can shorten the distance quite a lot and aim to hit the green in 2. If you decide to lay up, the hole will become “S” shaped. No matter which route you choose, deep bunkers could catch your bad shots, which are designed to make it difficult to hit the green.

13th Par 4 373 yards
An uphill par 4. Various bunkers in front of the green are attractive.

13th hole seen from the green

13th Par 4 373 yards (2)

13th Par 4 373 yards (1)
16th  Par 4 233 yards

16th Par 4 233 yards
A long, beautiful Par 3. It plays downhill to the green with water and a bunker in play.

18th  Par 4 407 yards

18th Par 4 407 yards (2)

18th Par 4 407 yards (1)
A slight dogleg to the left. The left of the hole faces a lake and the second shot must be hit over the lake.
19th hole

It takes 2 hours from Hong Kong by a club bus, and 40 minutes from Shenzhen and 1 hour from Guanzhou by car.

A veteran golf course designer, Jim Engh has done several excellent courses in USA including the Sanctuary GC in Colorado. He is not that famous in Asia because he has designed almost all his courses in the USA. The exception is Dragon Hill GC in Thailand which has good reputation.

The hotel is in the golf club and its rooms are quite comfortable. The hotel is equipped with a gymnasium, a swimming pool, a sauna, tennis & squash courts and etc. and is a good place for the leisure.