China is not only a country; it is an entire world within itself. From its colourful urban metropolises to its naturally diverse landscapes reaching across the northern hemisphere, it is home both to the biggest population and some of the most spectacular sights on Earth. From the depths of a rich and ornate history, Chinese culture bears many fascinating traditions but it is a relatively new practice that has shaped a growing industry in this extraordinary setting.
Whilst the ancient stick-and-ball game of ‘Chuiwan’ bore some similarities, modern golf was only introduced in China in the 1980s when the ban on the sport was lifted and the first course was constructed in Zhongshan. Golf is now a well-loved game that is played on over 500 courses throughout the vast nation, including the twelve designed by celebrity architects that make up the world’s largest golf club, Mission Hills, perched high on the Hong Kong border. The game’s growing popularity is testament to the exceptional golfing experiences that the country hosts amongst impressive scenery, from the panoramas at Lake Yang Zong Hai to the warmth of the Wanning Shenzou Peninsula.
The thriving sport has already attracted foreign investment and overseas golfers and China now holds tournaments such as the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, TCL Classic on Hainan Island, the Volvo China Open and the BMW Asian Open.
Turkish Airlines flies daily to Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou so your chance to play world-class courses in view of breath-taking backdrops is more accessible than you think.
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