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The Longest Golf Course in the World
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club, Lijiang, China
8,548 yards, par 72
It’s in the Guinness Book of Records – the longest par 72 golf course in the world is in China. It’s the 8,548 yard Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Course just outside Lijiang in Yunnan Province not too far from Kunming in an area known as Shangri-La. Lijiang is home to the ethnic minority group of Naxi, the world’s last remaining minority whose written language consists entirely of pictograms.
Three ancient districts of the city of Lijiang became a UNESCO World Heritage area in 1997. The course sits at 10,800 feet above sea level, the second highest in the world and the highest in Asia where the air is so thin that oxygen is provided in the golf carts.
It’s built in a valley facing Jade Dragon Snow Mountain which rises to a height of 18,360 feet, truly spectacular. As you would imagine in this setting, magnificent views of the mountain can be had from every corner of the golf course.
Designed by Robin Nelson and Neil Haworth with on-site inputs from China’s No. 1 golfer at the time, Zhang Lian Wei, it opened in 2001. The front 9 is built at the foot of the mountains and the lake while the back 9 has a more rugged appearance as it’s built along the slopes with multiple doglegs and inclines. The shortest par 4 comes in at 436 yards and the par 5, 5th plays to 711 yards, which is believed to be the longest par 5 in the world.
Three of the four par 3s measure more than 260 yards and the shortest one is a mere 236 yards in length, while the longest par 4 is the 11th, measuring 530 yards.
The weather through the year varies between 5 to 24C making it an excellent course to play all year round. The altitude gives you an additional 20% length on your shots so this makes the course feel more like a traditional 7,000 yards.