Yangtze Dunes, the newly renovated links course at 36-hole Lanhai International Country Club, reopened to member play recently, following a far-reaching, 12-month renovation directed by Melbourne, Australia-based Ogilvy, Clayton, Cocking & Mead (OCCM).
The renovated 18 reopened as a walking-only course, a rare renovation decision (exceedingly rare in Asia) that necessitated the removal of some 8 km of concrete cart paths.
“Our members were on board with these changes from the beginning — they understood that a traditional links is best enjoyed on foot, with caddies,” Lanhai International CC general manager Jay Porter said. “They were ready for that aspect; it was honestly not that controversial.
“What they weren’t ready for was just how good, how unique the new course has revealed itself to be. They’re over the moon about what OCCM have created here. The new 18 holes at Yangtze Dunes course are still quite young, still growing-in to maturity. But the members love it because it’s unlike anything in Shanghai, anything in China – anything in Asia, frankly. The walking-only aspect is but a small aspect of the transformation that has taken place here.”