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Schmidt-Curley Design Completes Remodel of China's Nanlihu Golf Club


Schmidt-Curley Design has completed a total remodel of Nanlihu Golf Club on China's tropical Hainan Island. Located 45 minutes south of the capital city of Haikou, the par-72, 7,000-plus-yard layout borders Nanli Lake.

Lead designer Lee Schmidt spearheaded the project. Newly-shaped, grass-faced bunkers complement undulating Paspalum fairways and contoured green surfaces. Full-grown palm trees were transplanted throughout the course to give it a mature look.

"With an improved routing, wall-to-wall Paspalum turf, enhanced strategic options and 11 holes bordering the lake, Nanlihu is now a stern, picturesque test for all to enjoy," said Schmidt.

"Our firm has successfully performed a number of renovations over the years, from major overhauls to minor tweaks, and relishes opportunities to inject new life into outdated courses."

Schmidt-Curley's work at Siam Country Club's Old Course in Pattaya, Thailand, featured new greens, improved bunkering and the removal of select trees to improve air flow around greens and reclaim playing corridors. That project netted Asian Golf Monthly's 2008 "Best Renovation" award. Since the work was completed, Old Course has hosted four editions of the Honda LPGA Thailand, whose winners include Yani Tseng (twice), Ai Miyazato and Suzann Pettersen.

Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., USA, Schmidt-Curley has two China offices in Haikou and Kunming. For more information about the firm, visit www.schmidt-curley.com or call 480/483-1994.