Xili Golf and Country Club - AB Course

Course Data
LocationShenzhen, China
Yardage6673 yards Par 72
Course Rating71.1
Playing Date2 Nov. 2003
DesignerRobin Nelson & Neil Haworth
Golf CartYes (Compulsory)
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The course seen from a hill
The Club has 36 holes divided into 4 separate 9 holes, called A, B, C, & D, of the similar character. The AB course is a little easier than the CD Course. The first impression of this course was that it was not crowded at all, even on Sunday in the busy season for golfing and I could play comfortably. The course is not that challenging because of the relatively short length of the total yardage but it has an excellent atmosphere that welcomes players warmly. Likewise, the furnishings and the equipment inside the clubhouse are very nice and relaxing.
3rd  Par 5 552 yards
3番 パー5 552ヤード
3rd Par 5 552 yards
A slight uphill, dogleg to the right par 5. The fairway is narrow and the closer to the green, the narrower the fairway becomes due to the thrusting bushes on the right side. There is another bush at the back of the green.

5th  Par 3 188 yards
5番 パー3 188ヤード
5th Par 3 188 yards
A beautiful par 3 over the water. Various bunkers surround the green.

13th  Par 5 547 yards
13番 パー5 574ヤード
13th Par 5 547 yards
The second shot is up a steep hill, after the steep dynamic downhill from the tee. An OB on the right side runs from the tee to the green.
14th Par 3 242 yards
14番 パー3 242ヤード
14th Par 3 242 yards
A tremendous downhill par 3, as if hitting from the fifth floor of a building. The actual distance is about 200 yards but the pond on the right side of the green comes into play.
16th  Par 4 380 yards
16番 パー4 390ヤード
16th Par 4 380 yards
A downhill finishing hole with both sides of the narrow fairway facing the water, so it is visually intimidating. In fact, the pond on the left is not in play because your tee shot can fly over it but if you hit the ball much from left to right, the pond on the right will catch it.
19th hole

Need to be accompanied by a member. It applies to weekdays, too. It is very rare for the golf courses in China where non-accompanied visitors cannot play. So the course is not crowded. However, the Shangri-La Hotel Hong Kong guests can play here although it takes 1 hour and half to get there.

Coffee Shop
Hotel Lobby

The Shangri-la Hotel owns the club and buffet lunch at the coffee shop and all food at the Chinese restaurant is very delicious, almost the same quality as in a good hotel. I stayed one night at the hotel adjacent to the club and think that this club is an excellent golf resort for longer stays because the hotel is very comfortable, equipped with a fitness center, library, kids center etc.

Robin Nelson & Neil Haworth designed courses in Asia are Bali G&CC in Indonesia, Shan Shui (山水) G&CC, Kuala Lumpur G&CC in Malaysia, and Sheshan International (佘山国际) GC, Century Seaview (世紀海景) CC, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (玉龍雪山) GC which is the highest golf course in Asia, Shenzhen (深圳) GC, Sun Island International (上海太陽島國際) GC, Kunshan Sunisland (昆山太陽島國際) GC, Qingdao Huashan International (青島華山國際) CC, Guangzhou International (広州仙村國際) GC and Huizhou Tangquan (恵州溫泉) GC in China.