Sanya City, Hainan Island, China: Extensive landscape renovation will underline Yalong Bay Golf Club’s standing as one of Asia’s premier resort courses.
Under the guidance of Course Superintendent Tiger Hao, Yalong Bay is taking on a fresh look.
Into its third decade, the Robert Trent Jones Jnr (RTJ2)-designed course has gained extensive international exposure as host to events on the European Tour, Asian Tour and Ladies European Tour.
Since its inception, the course has matured with the growth of many non-indigenous plants and trees around the venue, due to birds transferring seeds.
An area of close to 25,000 square metres is being cleared this year, removing ‘jungle’ that has encroached into the out-of-play areas over the past 20 years. Where possible, the rough will be maintained at 100 mm.
“Eradication of broadleaf weeds will take place to promote grasses such as Bahia, Bermuda and Pennisetum varieties,” said Shane Templeton, Senior Club Consultant at Yalong Bay, a Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“The intention is to follow as closely as possible the original landscape plan of RTJ2,” added Templeton.
Deborah Jiang, Yalong Bay’s General Manager, said the renovations indicated the club’s desire to stage further international professional tournaments.
“We are ready once more to bring additional focus on the wonderful course and facilities at the Yalong Bay Golf Club,” said Jiang, adding that Ritz-Carlton, St Regis, Sheraton, Marriott, Hilton and MGM are among the international hotel brands with properties in close proximity.
As well as having won a host of awards since its inauguration in 2000, Yalong Bay has earned a reputation for its sustainability efforts, highlighted by the club’s operations and management services achieving the ISO9001 Quality Management System Certificate.