China Golf Course Finishes Remodel, While First Russia PGA Course Opens
Design firm Schmidt-Curley has finished a complete remodel of Nanlihu Golf Club on Hainan Island in China, according to GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTURE. Originally designed by Taiwanese architect Wang Zong Qian, Nanlihu is located 45 minutes south of the capital city of Haikou, and sits next to the Nanli Lake. Schmidt-Curley partner Lee Schmidt led the renovation project at Nanlihu. The firm said that the redesigned course includes "significant fairway undulations, grass-faced bunkers and boldly contoured greens" (GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTURE, 9/18). Meanwhile, just north, Russia's Zavidovo PGA National officially opened as the first and sole Russian golf course licensed by the PGA of U.K. and Ireland. The course was designed by European Golf Design, an int'l golf design group founded by the European Tour and IMG. The project began in June '09 and took 14 months "of seasonal construction to complete" (GOLF INC., 9/18).