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Agile Golf and Country Club - B Course

China, Guangdong
4.5 (6)
Designer: Lee Schmidt
Course Opened: 2000

The Agile Golf & Country Club is a 36 hole facility in Zhongshan, China, midway between Guangzhou and Macau. Both its A and B courses were built at the same time, with the A occupying hillier terrain and the B given the superior land down on the more gently rolling sections of the site.

Designed by Lee Schmidt the B Course has some good moments and is certainly a more reasonable and enjoyable golf experience than the A Course. It does tend to rely a little too heavily on formula, with a number of wide greens separated by central bunker complexes that create side pinable wings. The bunkering is sand faced and neatly built and often strategically located, although generally speaking the design lacks real creative spark and features too many holes that are straightforward for good players and difficult for poorer hitters. Examples include peninsula par threes over water or par fives that bend along lakes but with fairways cut by the hazard to force either a carry or a lay-back.

The second half of the split fairway par five 18th is very good, and there are a number of nice mid-length holes like the 3rd, 7th and 14th. Otherwise there is little at Agile to get overly excited about.


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