Original built in the 1980s but re-branded and renamed in 1999, the CTS Tycoon Golf Club in Shenzhen is home to 45 holes of golf, with its premier HF layout opening in 2011 and designed by Dana Fry in partnership with Dr. Michael Hurdzan. Originally there were 27 holes here, with 9 holes redesigned by DYE Designs and the other 18 completely scrapped and converted into the new Hurdzan Fry layout.
By comparison to its older sibling, the HF Course is a world-beater as it features ‘proper’ sensible golf holes, quality shaping and sensible strategic design concepts employed throughout the round. On the F nine the short par four 11th, and par three 7th stand out as the best holes, but across the property the use of the land, and single flank bunkers to dictate optimum lines for good players is very good.
The lasting disappointment here for the Hurdzan/Fry design team, are that environmental restrictions prevented them from using the ground alongside the huge Shenzhen reservoir. Instead they had to build a dam wall to prevent run-off into the city’s main drinking source. When water levels rise up to the dam it will look more appealing, but even in the interim the views here are very pleasant most of the way around the course and the majority of golfers will enjoy their game. Those who have had the misfortunate of playing the older DYE holes here will enjoy this course for the fact they are not playing next door.