Golf News for Tuesday, August 20, 2013 | Courses

Shanqin Bay golf course in China named one of world's top 100

Shanqin Bay Golf Club on Hainan Island is the first course in China to be named as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses in the World. The course was ranked No. 78 on the 2013 list.

"This is a remarkable achievement for China and Shanqin Bay," said Joey Garon, golf director at Shanqin Bay Golf Club and former vice president of Bonita Bay Group in Southwest Florida. "We opened in only December 2012. To be considered with such great courses as Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, Augusta and Royal Melbourne, which have staged national championships and have decades of history, is a dream come true. We've set a new standard for golf in China, and I hope Shanqin Bay will be the first of many Chinese courses to be recognized in the future."

David V. Smith, president of Los Angeles-based Golf Projects International and a Golf Magazine panelist for 25 years said, "I have played more than 2,000 courses around the world and close to 100 in China. Shanqin Bay offers superb routing and great variety, demands solid shot making, plays firm and fast and is really memorable. Well done, course architects Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, you have created a masterpiece on a fantastic piece of property."

Joe Passov, Golf Magazine's Top 100 chairman and travel editor, calls Shanqin Bay "one of the most spectacular courses [he has] seen anywhere in the world."

The par 71 course, located on 350 acres along cliff tops and nearly three miles of white sandy beach, offers ocean views from all 18 holes. Sections of an abandoned military fort have been used to preserve history. Few sites can boast such dramatic elevation changes and magnificent views.

Shanqin Bay Golf Club is located approximately 12 miles from Boao, along the rugged coastline of the South China Sea and an hour flight from Hong Kong. Coore & Crenshaw was selected as architects after Bill Coore committed to spending 125 days on site during construction.

Every two years more than 100 international panelists, comprised of PGA Tour players, architects, journalists, historians and connoisseurs of the game, vote on the Top 100 ranking. Panelists receive an official ballot, an independent company tabulates the confidential votes, and the rankings are published in Golf Magazine and on

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