Simapo Island - Haikou, Hainan, People’s Republic of China
Renaissance Golf Design, Tom Doak
Analogous to a giant sandbox, 2 million cubic meters of sand were dredged onto an island in the middle of a river, I played the role of shaper. Every inch of the 200 acres of golf and landscape had to be created from scratch. From large scale rough shaping, to building about 90% of the bunkers, sand capping and other fine shaping work, the lessons I have learned here go well beyond building a highly complicated golf course when the cultural differences are factored in. As golf grows in China, Simapo Island will hopefully become their model for Proper Golf.