The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Course is just 30 minutes outside the town of Lijiang in China’s, Lunnan Province. The course is an 18 hole, par 72 measuring a massive 8,548 yards and was designed by Golf Architect Neil Haworth.
Situated high in a beautiful picturesque valley, the area claims to have been the inspiration of James Hilton’s novel “Lost Horizon”. Like the book, this too presents a Shangri-La, a secret place for golfing adventure. Sitting in the shadow of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountains this course is a paradise amidst the surrounding rough and harsh rocky landscape.
At an altitude of 10,800 ft the Jade Dragon course is the world’s second highest golfing experience. At these levels the 8,548 yards are a lot easier than you would imagine as the ball travels 20% further. Which also means having to go even deeper into the rough if you miss hit your shot.
The greens and fairways are perfectly manicured but once you leave there safety the rough is like that of a Scottish links course, heavy scrub bushes that prove difficult to find a lost ball in. The course plays up steep hills, from raised tees and onto elevated greens. There are extensive bunkers to keep you thinking and many of the holes dogleg left and right, twisting like the valley.
Touring golf parties in this part of China tend to find accommodation in Lijiang’s many hotels. It is only a short drive from here to the course and they can also experience the local hospitality for which this area is famed.
It is always suggested you pre-book tee off times as this is a popular resort and the premium slots are quickly taken. Good advice would be to contact us at Alternative Travel immediately so our travel experts can help take the pressure off organising the tour for you, their knowledge will help save time, money and effort, allowing you to concentrate on experiencing the beauty of a Chinese golfing vacation.
Our itinerary guides have excellent knowledge of the local area and ensure you have a pleasant and professionally managed trip, taking your group through a relaxing tour. All you will need to worry about is over hitting the drive off the first tee on this high altitude golf course.
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