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China’s titans of industry are crazy for golf, and there are plenty of greens within the city and nearby. These are my picks for three of Shanghai’s best golf courses.
Shanghai Hongqiao Golf Club
This leafy, nine-hole, 33-par course is about 30 minutes from downtown and just 10 minutes from Hongqiao Airport. This is a modest course for amateur golfers and those playing for fun rather than competition. Rounding out the facilities are a driving range, pool, and sauna.
Shanghai Country Club
Adjacent to Dianshan Lake, Shanghai Countryclub was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and offers an expansive, 72-par course. A pro shop, restaurant, billiards room, and reading room make it a great place to kick back after a successful round. I love how family friendly Shanghai Country Club is, with three tennis courts, a pool, a putting green that’s great for pint-sized golfers, and a three-hole practice course.
Shanghai Tomson Golf Club
Several golf tournaments have been hosted at this 18-hole, 72-par golf course, including the BMW Asia Open. In addition to immaculate greens, the club has a 60-bay driving range, indoor and outdoor pools, and tennis courts. It’s in Pudong, 15 minutes from financial district Lujiazui.