Ocean Bay Golf Club

Course Data
LocationHainan Island, China
Yardage6803 yards Par 72
Course RatingNone
Playing Date18 Jan. 2003
DesingnerShouzaburo Uenishi
Golf CartYes
Overall Rating
Course Layout
Difficulty Level
Greens Conditions
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Landscaping & Views

The course was built along the seaside with magnificent ocean views and is the only seaside course in Hainan Island as of Jan. 2003. You can enjoy the course more or less because there are 3 or 4 holes facing the sea. However, the overall impression is that the course is not so well designed because some ponds are not very strategically placed, the fairways are very wide, about 60 yards on average, and furthermore there are no OB sticks. Therefore, there are a limited number of impressive holes. The difficulty level is just average unless strong offshore winds peculiar to seashore blow, in which case it will become more difficult.
11th Par 3 171 yards

You can feel the refreshing see breeze on this par 3 where the right side of the green faces a seashore. There is a very interesting device. When the tide is in, it will become a huge bunker and if the tide is in, it will be a water hazard. It seems that no other seaside hole in the world has such a clever contraption.

18th Par 5 546 yards

IIt looks like a slight dog leg to the right but it is actually an S-shaped hole. The lake comes modestly in play at each shot and the fairway is tight, too. The green is a bit elevated and the undulations are steep. Views of the 18th hole and the ocean beyond are splendid.

18番 パー5 546ヤード

18th Par 5 546 yards
19th hole

The course itself is not that bad because some holes are very interesting to play. But the course was over-crowded on the day I played. So consequently my impression of the course is lower than my 3.15 overall rating. If this kind of overbooking continues, you do not need to play here. The club advertises the course as a seaside golf course on Hainan Island but there are many better ones in other districts or countries.

The designer, Shouzaburo Uenish, has made about 10 courses in Japan.