Kunshan Sun Island Golf Club
Part of the Shanghai Sun Island International Club group – with courses also in Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing and Yangzhou – Kunshan Sun Island Golf Club(昆山太阳岛高尔夫俱乐部 ) offers indoor swimming pools and a gym in addition to a 27-hole golf course.
Part of the Sun Island group, that comprises four other courses across China, this 27-holes golf course, designed by Robin Nelson and Neil Haworth, is located around 1.1 hours west of Shanghai.
We set off for our adventure on an early August Saturday morning. The ride to reach the course was pretty uneventful with very little traffic and clear indications on how to reach our destination.
The weather was overcast, with light to mid rain during the first two holes and cloudy for the majority of the rest of the day. Considering that in August temperatures in this part of China can skyrocket over the 40c threshold, a little bit of rain was actually welcome.
Unlike other courses in China, at Sun Island Kunshan you can drive up to the club house, were your bags gets picked up and you are issued a tag. This will be stamped once you pay for your round so you can get your clubs back at the end of the day.
We proceeded to the reception area, passing by a nicely stocked proShop.
A very friendly staff member gave each one of us our passbook, where all the expenses of the day were logged in by our caddies and, hear hear, a free box of three Titleist balls. NICE!
The cost of the round was 980 Yuan this is comparable to nearby courses. Apparently there is a discount price if the tee time is after 1:30 pm. This is unverified.
Once that was settled, it was time to get changed.
The locker room was clean and very spacious with digital locks on each of the private cabinets, plus an even more secure set of safes right at the entrance of the changing room.
We mentioned to our attendees, who picked up our bags upon our arrival, that we would go to the driving range so everything was ready when we arrived at the practice bay.
The range is not very big – it has around 15 bays. We were hitting decent balls and the mats were pretty new. Nicely sized chipping and putting greens were also available. The range provided a good warm-up.
Chinese Name:昆山太阳岛高尔夫俱乐部 (18洞)