Robin Nelson & Neil Haworth
Situated just a few minutes' drive south in Sanya's Luhuitou Peninsula Recreational and Scenic Zone, this course is built in the natural rugged beauty of the land of tribal legends and fairy tales. The golf course features a panoramic view of the city, the port, and the meandering rivers in the distance. Designed by Nelson Haworth, the course rolls along the hill slopes on the inland side while having a commanding view of the South China Sea in the south. Because of the undulating terrain, elevational difference increases technical difficulty, playing in this 18-hole Par-72 7,253-yard course. Not making anything easier are the 64 sand bunkers and many man-made lakes to either add aesthetic to the course or more woes to the play, depending on your frame of mind.
Despite its closeness to the sea, there are only two holes that border the shoreline while 15 others have the lake to accompany play. The 487-yard Hole 9 is the longest Par-4 and certainly not necessarily the friendliest. A powerful second shot, likely with a fairway wood, will give a chance of landing on the green which sits just before the seashore and is well guarded by two deep sand traps. And all these can only come after a good read of the overhead wind from the open sea.