Rick Jacobson, ASGCA recently completed construction of the 18-hole Desert Forest Course at Yulin Golden Dunes in the city of Yulin, China. The course is defined by its massive sand dunes, significant elevation changes, and water features on several holes.

Expected to open next summer, the course stretches for 7,560 yards from the championship tees, in part to account for the increased ball flight that results from high elevation. Jacobson said, “The Yulin Golden Dunes development is located on one of the more unique sites that we have encountered anywhere in the world. It is in a high desert region with an elevation of 3,750 feet – about a half-mile high – and features a topography characterized by 20-to-50 foot rolling dunes.”

The golf course landscape is designed to reflect a regional effort to reduce desertification (the expansion of desert) by reducing wind erosion with specific plant varieties, explained Jacobson.

The development will feature a full-service clubhouse, a two-tier covered practice range, and a large putting green. The Desert Forest Course is the first of two courses Jacobsen is set to design in the residential development.

The content for this piece came from a Jacobson Golf Course Design news release, available for viewing here.

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