Second course at Clearwater Bay


Second course at Clearwater Bay
Sean Dudley

Chinese property developer Agile Group has opened the second course at its Clearwater Bay club in Lingshui on Hainan Island.

Clearwater’s B course has been designed by American firm Schmidt-Curley, who also created the club’s first course, which opened in 2009. The 7,035 yard B course is Schmidt-Curley’s thirteen design to open on Hainan, and features a number of different bunker styles, including grass-faced traps, sandy waste areas and a number of penal pots. Water comes into play on nine holes.

“The B Course has a unique look that relatively few projects in China have embraced,” said Lee Schmidt. “Despite the prevalence of hazards, it's a design players of all abilities will enjoy. We were sure to provide plenty of width to playing corridors, and bunkers are typically flat-bottomed giving them more bark than bite.”

Schmidt says the course’s two short par fours are highlights. Players who challenge a bunker and lake down the right side of the 380-yard third hole will be rewarded with a short pitch to the green. Those who select a safer line off the tee will be left with an exacting approach, especially when the pin is back right. 

The fifteenth is a 337 yard par four with a generous landing area. The putting surface, however, is perched three metres above the fairway and protected by deep bunkers and grass hollows.