We look at the Sheshan International GC near Shanghai where this week’s HSBC Champions will be held.
The Sheshan International Golf Club where the WGC-HSBC Champions Tournament is played is located in the Sheshan National Tourism Resort, beside a river close to Moon Lake Park, 35 minutes from downtown Shanghai.
Designed by Nelson and Haworth to integrate with the natural forestation and large spans of water, this par-72, 7143-yard 18-hole course that uses bent grass for its greens and Seashore Paspalun for its fairways, tees and rough areas, is the home of 10,000 mostly pine and deciduous trees, but with the natural foliage being preserved, the course also features some unusual vegetation like the 1,000-year-old Ginko trees on the 4th hole.
With the help of 16 million cubic meters of dirt that was moved in to create elevation, bunkers and valleys, Sheshan is the most hilly and forested golf courses in the Shanghai region and elevation changes of over 12 meters are found on several holes, with the most dramatic being at hole 8.
The rolling hills of Sheshan are covered by a variety of trees and each hole is separated by bands of them.
Water has been used throughout the course with many of the holes playing either along the existing canal, around man made lakes or over the course’s spectacular 50-meter deep quarry, a unique feature of Sheshan that is both dramatic and intimidating.
The two feature holes, the 16th and 17th play around and over the quarry, giving the golfer an awe inspiring view while simultaneously demading he play good shots.
HSBC CHAMPIONS TOURNAMENT The event features the champions of most worldwide tours and this is just the fifth edition. To date it has been won by England’s David Howell in 2005, by Korean YE Yang in 2006, by Sergio Garcia in 2008 and by phil Mickelson in 2007 and 2009 when he beat Ernie Els by one shot.
FACILITIES: This members only club offers a wide range of top quality facilities to its members and its guests, ranging from high-class accommodation and wining and dining to quality practice and teaching facilities.
More specifically these facilties include:
– a 20 bay undercover driving range where PGA Professional instructors utilise Computerized analysis systems to improve your game. Instruction is tailored to meet the specific needs of golfers of all levels.
– a well equipped pro-shop where golf cars, caddy carts and clubs can be hired
– a luxurious clubhouse with restaurant, red wine & cigar Bar, and multi-purpose Halls and suites for private functions
– First-class accomodation is available at the Club’s hotel, lodge or Villas
– Street and postal address: Shanghai Sheshan International Golf Club, Lin Yin Avenue, Shangai Sheshan National Holiday Zone, Shanghai 201602
– Telephone +86 21 5765 5765
– Fax +86 21 5765 4599
– Website: http://www.sheshangolf.com
– Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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