Kunming Lakeview Golf Club

Kunming Lakeview Golf Club(昆明滇池湖畔高尔夫俱乐部) is about about 10 kilometers from downtown Kunming making it one of the more popular golf courses in Kunming for locals. Lakeview Golf Club Kunming was designed by Nick Faldo, one of his many golf course designs in China. Lakeview Golf Club Kunming was carved out of the natural land formation in a region renowned for its natural beauty and rolling terrain. The golf course hugs alongside the shores of Dianchi Lake, the 6th. largest in China and has the majestic beauty of the ‘West Mountain’, Xishan, as the backdrop. The lake is, incidentally, the migratory sanctuary of the Siberian Red-beaked Gull and the region is also famous for many varieties of native flora and fauna peculiar only to the region. Due credit to the designer, the beautiful and ever-spring climatic surrounding only so easily makes this Kunming golf course one of the best places to play in.

Not surprisingly, this finely turfed Par-72 7,260-yard Kunming golf course plays to rolling hills and trespassing waterways, some connected to the big lake, while strategically placed sand bunkers compliment to make this course a testy one and yet a pleasure to play on. Take the Par-5 651-yard Hole#6 for instance, the fairway is fairly open and generally lies straight to the green. But do not be deceived. Two well placed bunkers (in terms of their respecitve distances from the tee-box and positions) serve to make the entire passage a ‘double-dogleg’, right first and then left. And if you must rip it because of the distance and openness (incidentally this is the longest hole on the course), be very accurate as well. The Par-4 423-yard Hole#16 has a somewhat similar vein with a slight dog-leg to the right but the reachable Bent Grass-green slopes to the left often leaving the player hesitant on choice of landing on an otherwise easy Par-4. The short Par-4 336-yard Hole#17 is ‘The Hole of Redemption’ for the ‘do-or-die’-hards. Its sharp dogleg left to a well-bunkered green with water skirting the left side allows a one-on if you are brave and strong-hitting enough and also not jittery having to do a strong and high carry-over a wide expense of water.

Situated in Yunnan Province, in the the heart of the Kunming Dianchi national tourism & vacation zone, Lakeview golf club Kunming nestles along the shores of Dianchi Lake and beneath a beautiful mountain area.  Lakeview Golf Club Kunming is only 8 km from downtown Kunming and 16 km from Kunming airport, making it the perfect location to enjoy golf in the City of spring, with its year long refreshingly cool temperatures allied with a constant gentle breeze, it is the ideal climate for golf.With strategically placed bunkers, rolling fairways and contoured greens the Lakeview golf course is a wonderfully designed course that will test and offer enjoyment to golfers of all abilities bringing them back time after time.

Lakeview has been built and constructed to the highest standards, care and attention has been give to very detail, with every contour painstakingly shaped to meet Faldo’s discerning eye. The golf course is very strategic in nature and requires well placed tee shots to allow for approach shots that will offer the best chance of making a birdie. A well appointed clubhouse offers a variety of world class amenities. Lakeview Golf Club Kunming was only completed in 2005 but it is already regarded as one of the most popular golf courses in the region and is undoubtedly one of Faldo Design’s most successful Asian projects.

Here’s Nick Faldo’s thoughts:

“The setting for our project near Kunming is visually very stunning. The beautiful Xishan Mountain dominates the skyline and, as the Club’s name implies, our layout hugs the shores of the stunning Dianchi Lake. It has been an inspirational place to work and I’m certain that players will also be inspired to produce their very best golf. In terms of the design, we’ve been very sympathetic to the surroundings, with gently rolling fairways and striking bunkers that patrol the fairways and guard the greens. This is course that rewards the ‘thinking golfer’ and I’m sure that players of all abilities will find it both challenging and interesting. More than anything, I hope that it will prove to be a fair and extremely playable golfing experience.”