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Sanya is on the southern most tip of Hainan Island, situated in the South China Sea and easily accessible from Hong Kong and China.  Hainan is the home of the Mission Hills Golf and Spa Resort situated on the north end of Hainan, but in this story we will focus on Sanya.


Sanya is not to dis-similar to the Sunshine Coast of Australia. Golden sand beaches and row upon row of palm trees and bougainvillea. The beach is fringed by 5 star international resorts along Yalong Bay and nearby is Yalong Bay Golf Club.

Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr, it is an 18 hole international golf course with 98 bunkers and 120,000 sqm of water features and ornamental lakes, with 5 tees on each fairway.

We couldn’t play it because of time restraints, but we navigated our way around by golf cart and viewed for ourselves the impeccable garden of plants, trees, palms and manicured fairways and greens.

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The course is highly rated at par 72 and has been awarded as one of the top 100 golf courses outside of USA and one of the top 5 courses in China. A round must be played with a cart and a local caddy; 1 caddy per player and the cart must not leave the concrete pathway. There is a price attached to this and in NZ Dollars, you can expect to lighten your pocket by NZ$160.00. To avoid the heat of the day, an early morning tee off time is recommended.

It is a very short 3 minute ride from the 5 star Hilton, MGM Resort or Ritz-Carlton and an array of other 5 star resort hotels and neighbours the entourage of some of Asia’s best beach front resort properties.

If golf in a unique destination with a tropical climate and a stunning golf course is what you are looking for, then this is for you. Give Sanya and Yalong Bay a second thought. We can fly you there, from Christchurch either via Guangzhou or Hong Kong. Both are overnight flights and you could be on the tee by lunch time.

Night golf is new to me, so I was intrigued that you can dodge the midday heat and play 9 holes under lights at Yalong Bay Golf Club.

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It is very nice but it’s not on its own. There is an additional 12 Golf Courses of similar standard all within 40 minutes drive from Yalong Bay.

As well as the on site Yalong Bay Golf Club resort accommodation; there are accommodation options away from Yalong Bay, if you want variety then Sanya City and Sanya Bay offer nice alternatives as does Haitang Bay.

The best time to be in Sanya is Sept Oct during their low season. The weather is warm, not too humid and certainly not crowded.



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