Fairways, greens, and sandtraps line the shore in a verdant wonderland of golf

Looking out upon the green rolling hills and elegant resort of Spring City in Ku

We are all aware of China’s rapid emergence in the global economy, and the 2008 Olympics highlighted the culture and variety of China. Less known is that China is also an excellent destination for golf, and that the sport is rapidly growing among the expanding middle class. Two of our favorite areas, which offer excellent accommodations and other western amenities are Spring City in Kunming and Mission Hills in Shenzhen near Hong Kong.

For the last six years, Spring City Golf and Lake Resort has reigned as the best golf course in China and Hong Kong according to US Golf Digest. In 2004, it was named Asia’s best golf resort by Asian Golf Monthly. Spring City Golf and Lake Resort, a premier integrated golf resort in Kunming, comprises luxury villas and two championship golf courses—the Mountain Course designed by Jack Nicklaus and the Lake Course by Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Located just 45 minutes north of Hong Kong is the modern resort of Mission Hills in Shenzhen. Built in 1994, it is promoted as the largest club in the world, with a whopping 12 courses designed by some of the world’s most famous legends. Mission Hills is an ideal option for golfers who want to combine a stay in Hong Kong.


The weather for Spring City is very temperate and ideal for golf. Kunming is known, appropriately enough, as the “City of Eternal Spring.” The city is covered with blossoms and lush vegetation all the year round.

In Mission Hills, golf can be played year round, however, the temperatures can be very hot during the summer months of July and August.

Weather for Spring City, Kunming (Farenheit)
Month Average high Average low
January 59 34
February 62 37
March 68 41
April 74 48
May 76 57
June 74 61
July 75 62
August 75 60
September 72 57
October 68 52
November 63 44
December 59 36
Weather for Mission Hills, Shenzhen (Farenheit)
Month Average high Average low
January 67 58
February 67 59
March 71 63
April 77 69
May 83 75
June 86 79
July 89 81
August 89 81
September 87 79
October 83 75
November 76 67
December 70 60