|Address||Guangxi Guilin Twin Peak Resort Club, Yan Men Dian, Zhao Yang, Xiang Gui Lin, Guangxi, China|
|007 booking hotline||+852 2180 2963 or book-on-line|
|No. of holes||27|
|Par/back tee||Mountain 36/3,521, water 36/3,086 & rock 36/2,742|
|Course transport||Cart / walking|
Starter / Scorecard / Restaurant / Proshop
Guilin……only a short distance away as it only takes about 50 minutes of fly time from Hong Kong or Shenzhen, I have heard so much about the place, it seems very ‘familiar’ but yet very ‘foreign’ to a local like me.
Familiar………because Guilin is known for its stunning landscape, even Bill Clinton had to have a look when he was in China.
Foreign………becasue despite its close proximity, I never had a chance to go………until now : )
So when there was this holiday came up I took up the opportunity to have a go at it, first I will play at this Twinpeak which opened at 1996 & move on to Merryland Golf Club.
Club Facilities & Service
We arrived at the airport late at night…….but the staff of the club were already waiting for us, as soon as everyone got out , we were ready to board the shuttle bus……very efficient indeed.
The ride from the airport to the club takes about 45 minutes and a nice & hot meal was also ready before we check in our rooms. For the 3 days we were there, I found the staff of the club were very attentive & had excellent service.
As to the facilities, the club is decorated to a very Chinese style, the lobby , coffee shop 、massage area & rooms(1, 2) are ok but somewhat a little dated.
Fairway & Green maintenance
Fairways were ok but a little patchy.
Both the mountain & water view course has two greens, one is for winter & one for summer…….a good idea but unfortunately when I was there both greens were in under maintenance, the bents were still playable but the Bermuda greens had sand on half an inch thick….very disappointed. I was later told by the management that the bents went dormant a month earlier than expected & the bermuda were not ready, I hope it was just my bad luck & hope they will improve.
Caddy Service & knowledge
Played 3 rounds there, all caddies were reasonably ok both in service of knowledge of the course.
The club has three 9 holes course, they are rock, mountain & water view.
Both mountain & water view course are resort style course, fairways are generally wider and more forgiving with an interesting mix of holes.
The rock view course, however, is a bit strange, with extremely tight fairways built around the foot of a big rock formation, the layout of the holes are very confusing for first time players & although it is a much short course but only the most accurate shots will find the fairways. Consult your caddie for the direction & distance or you will lose lots of balls.
As to the view of the course…….I have played a lot around this region but this one drop dead beautiful & surely it is one of the best.
Tee shot is downhill, left is water, the 2 & approach is slightly uphill.
A dogleg right, there is a small creek in front, 2 greens on the left & right.
Hole 3, par 3, index 3, blue 237, white 214, red 164 yards – 2 greens—-check your caddy for exact yardage.
Hole 4 , par 5, index 4, blue 576, white 571, red 527 yards.
The tee shot is slighly downslope, the 2nd is to the left.
Hole 5 , par 4, index 1. Blue 477, white 429, red 400.
A long hole, the greens are just underneath the big rock.
Hole 6, spar 4, index 9, blue 346, white 328, red 296 yards.
A small dogleg to the right.
Hole 7, par 3, index 5, blue 188, white 165, red 136 yards.
Right is water with everything sloped to the right.
Hole 8 , par 4, index 2, blue 435, white 403, red 368 yards.
Dogleg right, tee shot is down the slope, the approach is a hard uphill shot.
Hole 9 , par 4, index 3, blue 363, white 360, red 306 yards.
A slight dogleg left, approach upslope.
The 1st hole is scary! The tee shot to this short hole is downhill to a very tight landing area with big trees on both sides! The approach is back up to an elevated green.
A nice & wide landing area, the 2nd is up & over the mount.
Two greens again, ask your caddy for yardage.
A short but very nice hole with beautiful view of the big rock.
Hole 5, Blue 433, white 399, red 348, index 1
A long & straight forward hole.
The tee shot is downhill.
Hole 7, blue 354, white 336, red 297
Lean the tee shot to the right, left is water, the approach is uphill.
An island green, you can take a ferry to get there.
Need to carry the small steam in front, there are 2 greens, 1 is straight forward, the other is tougher going left & uphill.
Big downhill teeshot, ‘if’ you are on this narrow fairway, turn right & carry the creek in front to the elevated green.
A big downhill island green with water in front.
Hole 3, index 1, blue 354, white 335, red 305 yards.
A big dogleg to the right down the slope, you can just barely see the fairway & green here, just listen to your caddy for your tee shot….accuracy& distance control is very important here….good luck.
Downhill, aim to the blue arrow for the tee shot & going back up the hill for the approach.
A downhill island green.
Dogleg left, both tee shot & approach will need to carry hazard in front.
A downhill par 4.
A dogleg left uphill par 4.
A downhill par 5.
The club’s service, food quality & environment were all outstanding, just wish the condition of the course was just as good.
One of the advantage of playing this club is theproximity to the city, only 20 minutes & 35-40 RMB, one should try to join a local tour as there are so much to see Elephant Trunk Hill, Li River, Reed Flute Cave and Seven-Star Park are all within short distance.
My rating is Birdie, could be a lot better if they improve the condition of the course。4/06