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Orient Golf & Country Club

Orient Golf & Country Club
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  • Club Facilities & Service
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  • Course Design
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  • Fairway & Green maintenance
    Editor: 100%
  • Caddy Service & knowledge
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  • Landscaping & View
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Review Summary:

I usually prefer to play parkland & mountain course as I find them a bit more interesting & has more variations but this links is unexpectedly interesting to play, may be due to the twin fairways or some of risk & rewards holes....I was able to conquered on the day : )

Address No. 1, North Road, Round Island, Heng Qin District, Zhuhai
ZhuhaiOrient-Chinese
007 booking hotline +852 2187 3146 or book-on-line
Number of holes 27
Par / Back Tee Course A 3586, B, 3609, C, 3344 yards (Gold Tee)
Designer T K Pen
Course Transport Walking or cart

Driving Range / View 12 / Outdoor Cafe / Reception / Midway House

Introduction

The course opened for business in early 2004, Orient is a Taiwanese company and is the first ‘chain’ golf courses operator in China, this one is very convenient to get to from Zhuhai Ferry pier – just 1 hour 10 minutes and 20-25 minutes on a taxi (the fare is about 60 RMB).

For those who wants to hang around til late, you can go from Macau too, the border from Macau to the course is even closer at 16-18 minutes and 40 RMB on a taxi.

Club Facilities & Service

A typhoon caused severe flooding destroyed the old club in 09 so they had to refurnish the club and added another floor to the building, now it is a 2 story building with more bigger function & conference rooms. Basic facilities such as locker, shower, cafe & proshop are more or less the same as before, I am also pleased to report that the service level of staff & cleanliness of the club remain excellent.

Fairway & Green maintenance
ZhuhaiOrient-Green

As mentioned, the course was flooded before but when I returned to play, the course iss back in superb shape.

As most greens are surrounded by water, you may see unexpected guests sometimes……click the pic on the left & you will see what I mean.

Caddy Service & knowledge

Caddies are getting more experienced, knowledge of the course is not bad & service are very good & friendly.

One other thing, they don’t accept tips, if you like their service buy them a drink instead.

Course Design

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The course designer is the boss of the company; the course is similar to other links course built by the sea & on a relatively flat piece of land with lots of water around, wind from the coast is the main features of the course here.

There are a couple of features on course A that you don’t find on other courses too often, A). twin fairways and there are 3 of them, which will give you plenty to think about (usually one is tougher but shorter, the other is wider but longer to the green, it’s kind of risk & reward layout. B). There are 2 sets of blue tee boxes from both course A & B, the longer one is respectable 6,795 yards! and the shorter one is a more ‘friendly’ 6,470 yards. Take a look at the Scorecard here…..your score will depend very much on the superintendent’s mood of the day. All index 1, 2, 3 & 4 are quite long and with tight landing area, the par 3s are relatively long too from 170-180 yards up, average golfers should be happy getting a bogey on these holes and try to make up the score from other ‘easier’ holes instead.

For the new course C, is a bit more straight forward in design & shorter at 3,070 from the blue tee which is 300 yards or so shorter than the other 2.

Photos

Course A:

  • ZhuhaiOrient-H1-1
    # 1, Par 5, Index 7, Gold 547 yards, Blue 519, White 489 & Red 458 yards.
    The opening hole is a par 5 with water on both side…..but the fairway is reasonably wide unless you have a big hook or slice, it should not be a problem.
    ZhuhaiOrient-H1-2
    The 2nd is a bit more simple….just advance it short of the water in front.
    ZhuhaiOrient-H1-3
    The bunker is flat with bunkers on either side.
    ZhuhaiOrient-H1-4 ZhuhaiOrient-H1-5

  • ZhuhaiOrient-H2-1
    # 2, Par 4, Index 11, Gold 424 yards, Blue 396, White 366 & Red 334 yards.
    A nice & straight par 4 with water on both sides.
    ZhuhaiOrient-H2-4 ZhuhaiOrient-H2-3 ZhuhaiOrient-H2-2

  • ZhuhaiOrient-H3-1

    # 3, Par 5, Index 15/3, Gold 436/562 yards, Blue 418/398, 539/511, White 397/489 & Red 377/450 yards.
    This is the 1st of the 3 twin fairways, I opted for the left side and used a 7 iron to tee off, another 7 iron to lay up & an 8 iron to the green.
    My playing partner took the right side and it was a driver & a 3 wood…..

    ZhuhaiOrient-H3-2 ZhuhaiOrient-H3-5 ZhuhaiOrient-H3-4 ZhuhaiOrient-H3-3

  • ZhuhaiOrient-H4-1
    # 4, Par 4, Index 9, Gold 431 yards, Blue 409, White 372 & Red 327 yards.
    Another long par 4 with water on both sides.
    ZhuhaiOrient-H4-2 ZhuhaiOrient-H4-4 ZhuhaiOrient-H4-3

  • ZhuhaiOrient-H5-1
    # 5, Par 4, Index 13, Gold 388 yards, Blue 357, White 324 & Red 289 yards.
    Big dogleg left with water on the left.
    ZhuhaiOrient-H5-2 ZhuhaiOrient-H5-3

  • ZhuhaiOrient-H6-1
    # 6, Par 3, Index 17, Gold 213 yards, Blue 189, White 164 & Red 137 yards.
    A mid-long par 3.
    ZhuhaiOrient-H6-2 ZhuhaiOrient-H6-3

  • ZhuhaiOrient-H7-1
    # 7, Par 4, Index 13/5, Gold 362/437 yards, Blue 338/316, 411/382, White 298/368 & Red 286/337 yards.
    The 2nd twin fairway, the left side is a little short than the right side. The right hand side is longer and the angle to green is not as good….forget it.
    ZhuhaiOrient-H7-2 ZhuhaiOrient-H7-4 ZhuhaiOrient-H7-3

  • ZhuhaiOrient-H8-1
    # 8, Par 3, Index 15, Gold 214 yards, Blue 191, White 161 & Red 132 yards.
    Another long par 3.
    ZhuhaiOrient-H8-2

  • ZhuhaiOrient-H9-1
    # 9, Par 4, Index 1/17, Gold 445/348 yards, Blue 417/379, 321/297, White 374/271 & Red 346/265 yards.
    The last of the twin fairway…..this time the right side is slightly easier.
    ZhuhaiOrient-H9-2 ZhuhaiOrient-H9-4ZhuhaiOrient-H9-3

Course B:
  • ZhuhaiOrient-H10-1
    # 10, Par 4, Index 18, Gold 358 yards, Blue 334/308, White 287 & Red 264.
    Possibly the easiest hole on the course, a short & straight par 4.
    ZhuhaiOrient-H10-2 ZhuhaiOrient-H10-4 ZhuhaiOrient-H10-3

  • ZhuhaiOrient-H11-1
    # 11, Par 4,
    A fairly long par 4 with water on either side.
    ZhuhaiOrient-H11-2 ZhuhaiOrient-H11-4 ZhuhaiOrient-H11-3

  • ZhuhaiOrient-H12-1
    # 12, Par 3, Index 10, Gold 223 yards, Blue 198/175, White 150 & Red 119.
    Just another long par 3.
    ZhuhaiOrient-H12-2 ZhuhaiOrient-H12-3

  • ZhuhaiOrient-H13-1
    # 13, Par 4, Index 4, Gold 440 yards, Blue 410/386, White 365 & Red 339.
    ‘C’ shape fairway, water on both sides, green is guarded by the bunkers too.
    ZhuhaiOrient-H13-2 ZhuhaiOrient-H13-3

  • ZhuhaiOrient-H14-1
    # 14, Par 5, Index 8, Gold 578 yards, Blue 545/510, White 479 & Red 455.
    Need to carry the water here, aim at the blue arrow is the safest route.
    ZhuhaiOrient-H14-2 ZhuhaiOrient-H14-4 ZhuhaiOrient-H14-3

  • ZhuhaiOrient-H15-1
    # 15, Par 4, Index 2, Gold 478 yards, Blue 442/419, White 394 & Red 366.
    A really long par 4, water on the left (right side water is not in play), landing area is tight too.
    ZhuhaiOrient-H15-2 ZhuhaiOrient-H15-4 ZhuhaiOrient-H15-3

  • ZhuhaiOrient-H16-1

    # 16, Par 4, Index 14, Gold 352 yards, Blue 316/290, White 265 & Red 241.
    A short par 4, a sloppy green is guarded by a bunker in front.
    ZhuhaiOrient-H16-2 ZhuhaiOrient-H16-3

  • ZhuhaiOrient-H17-1
    # 17, Par 3, Index 16, Gold 182 yards, Blue 174/151, White 124 & Red 99.
    A mid. length par 3.
    ZhuhaiOrient-H17-2 ZhuhaiOrient-H17-3

  • ZhuhaiOrient-H18-1
    # 18, Par 4, Index 12, Gold 553 yards, Blue 529/502, White 471& Red 448.
    The home hole, water is on the left all the way.
    ZhuhaiOrient-H18-2 ZhuhaiOrient-H18-5 ZhuhaiOrient-H18-4ZhuhaiOrient-H18-3

Course C:
  • Hole 1,
    Gold Tee 334 yards, blue 307, white 272, red 228, par 4
    This is a short digleg right, need to carry a bit of water with your teeshot, green is guarded by big front
    right bunkers.
    ZhuhaiOrient-C1-1 ZhuhaiOrient-C1-4 ZhuhaiOrient-C1-3 ZhuhaiOrient-C1-2

  • Hole 2,
    Gold Tee 565 yards, blue 539, white 503, red 466, par 5
    A fairly long par 5, left is OB, right is water, luckily the fairway is quite wide.
    ZhuhaiOrient-C2-1 ZhuhaiOrient-C2-3 ZhuhaiOrient-C2-2

  • Hole 3, Gold Tee 413 yards, blue 379, white 339, red 299, par 4
    A straight forward par 4 with a big front right bunker guarding the green.
    ZhuhaiOrient-C3-1 ZhuhaiOrient-C3-3 ZhuhaiOrient-C3-2

  • Hole 4,
    Gold Tee 560 yards , blue 530, white 495, red 422, par 5
    A long par 5 with water on both sides of the fairway.
    ZhuhaiOrient-C4-1 ZhuhaiOrient-C4-4 ZhuhaiOrient-C4-3 ZhuhaiOrient-C4-2

  • Hole 5,
    Gold Tee 376 yards , blue340, white 495, red 422, par 5
    This is a dogleg right, only need a fairway wood or a long iron off the tee (need accuracy as water is on
    both side), the green is on the right and need to clear the water.
    ZhuhaiOrient-C5-1 ZhuhaiOrient-C5-3 ZhuhaiOrient-C5-2

  • Hole 6,
    Gold Tee 171 yards, blue 139, white 110, red 80, par 3
    A short par 3 with a slightly elvated green.
    ZhuhaiOrient-C6-1 ZhuhaiOrient-C6-2

  • Hole 7,
    Gold Tee 427yards, blue 393, white 348, red 305, par 4.
    The teeshot needs to stay clear of water on both side of the fairway which is reasonable wide.
    ZhuhaiOrient-C7-1 ZhuhaiOrient-C7-3 ZhuhaiOrient-C7-2

  • Hole 8,
    Gold Tee 169 yards, blue 141, white 115, red 78, par 3
    This is a mid-short par 3 with a little elevated green….have my first Hole in one here : )
    ZhuhaiOrient-C8-1 ZhuhaiOrient-C8-2

  • Hole 9,
    Gold Tee 329 yards, blue 298, white 262, red 226, par 4.
    Need to lay up short of the stream which is about 200 yards from the blue tee, you will have a 100 yard or so
    to the green with your 2nd.
    ZhuhaiOrient-C9-1ZhuhaiOrient-C9-2

* Course B is closed for renovation until the end of 2010

007’s Rating

I usually prefer to play parkland & mountain course as I find them a bit more interesting & has more variations but this links is unexpectedly interesting to play, may be due to the twin fairways or some of risk & rewards holes….I was able to conquered on the day : )

As said, the course can be very tough – if the wind is up & the tees moved to the back, Fortunately, the designer decided to give us some’ easier’ flat greens to putt on.

Overall, I am quite happy with the course design, service of the staff & the landscaping also improved a lot.

Finally, I am happy to see Orient is back to normal, Zhuhai now offers plenty of choice (5 now, they are Golden Gulf, Lakewood, Zhuhai Golf Club & Pine Valley), Golfers in Hong Kong is now able to either take a short one day trip or go for an overnight package with any one of the above courses… perfect for those who prefers to travel by ferry.

Location Map

Course Difficulty (Blue Tee): A&B chilichilichilichili,C chilichilichili

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