16 March, 2006

Shanghai - the golf destination with a lot more to offer

JW Marriott, Shanghai
In this feature we take a look at the best way to golf in Shanghai. The Shanghai Golf market is a significant part of the 330 golf courses in China which support some 400,000 playing golfers across this vast country

In the past 5 years Shanghai as established itself as the premier city in China. The growth of this city in recent years is second to none any where else in the world. With this economic growth has also come the expansion of the game of golf and facilities to support a wonderful experience in this truly unique city.


Within a two-hour drive of Shanghai there are 21 golf courses with fees ranging from US$30 to US$150. Exclusivity was once and issue but in recent years all golf courses have seen the need to open the doors to the general fee paying customer.

Our picks for the Top 5 golf courses in Shanghai are:

This course is the closest to the Shanghai greater cbd. Designed with elegance and prestige in mind the experience here is sure to captivate all levels of golfer.

Sheshan International Golf Club
Host venue to the Champions Tour Event, the richest tour event in Asia. This Nelson Hayworth designed course has managed to receive review second to none. Note private courses and play available on application.

The most established of modern day serviced focussed facilities. This course is a lot fun to play and surely to attract you back for another game during your stay or visits to come.

A premier inland resort style facility. Challenging layout situated about 1 hour on the plains of Shanghai. Continues to impress with its huge array of facilities that cater for more than just your golfing needs..

Situated just over and hour from town this facility has the refreshing aspect of coastal breezes along with a designed that although flat has managed to integrate the modern design features with rolling fairways and undulating greens.

For all reservations on the above courses it is suggested while staying at the Marriot that you allow the concierge some 24 hours to arrange a time and transfer. Note - Marriot has very good relationships with the courses mentioned and thus would be a preferred Hotel option.


While you are there, make sure you take the opportunity to experience the best of what this great city has to offer, both on and off the course. There is something for everyone in Shanghai, whether you are a golfer or just visiting on holiday.

The Bund and River Cruises - Check out the old part of Shanghai, where you'll find great food and shopping. Antique markets Markets seem to be around every corner in Shanghai. Be sure to take home a piece of this great city Cheng Huang Temple - Take in one of old China's cultural treasures. Marvel at the culture of China and why this country is destined to become one of the worlds great cities. Nanjing Road The trendy designer strip, located near Shanghai emerging business hub. Huau Hai Road Take a step into Shanghai's past. Xiang Market The place to find all the best bargains. Closing in June but surely to move to a venue bigger and better than before. Peoples Square A popular place to meet in Shanghai. Stand here and marvel at the people of Shanghai and take in the developments around this unique greenbelt right in the cities centre.



If you are looking to seriously experience Shanghai in style, then JW Marriott is the perfect hotel to do so.. This 5-star hotel, located in a 60 storey building on the convenient Nanjing Road offering a choice of 342 rooms that are second to none.

All hotel rooms, restaurants and public areas have spectacular city views from all angles - 360 degrees city views. Combine this with the best location, JW Marriott, Shanghai is perfect for your time in Shanghai. The variety of magnificent rooms and serviced apartments that will appeal to all tastes and requirements. The Hotel has attracted world-wide acclaim in recent years and with the growing developments of central Shanghai this is the key facility to access all of what this great city has to offer.

Key facilities to include in your visit to the hotel are -

MANDARA SPA - in the tradition of Mandara the facility here at the JW Marriott is a true combination of experience and escape from the hustle and bustle that this vibrant city possesses. The spa offers a full range of services that ensure you are receiving Asia's leading spa service - this is not to be missed.


Looking for the best buffet and brunches in town then this is the place to come. From the 38th floor you will take in the sights of Shanghai along with a choice of foods that has established this facility as the best in Shanghai. Once you have eaten here the great option is that you have another 4 venues in the hotel during your stay that provide you with equal opportunities to experience food in only a way Marriott has become famous for in this city. In addition whilst at the Hotel experience the fine dining at Wan Hao Chinese restaurant and JW's California Grill


For those looking for the perfect venue to entertain clients or simply enjoy an environment that makes you realise the significance of being in Shanghai then this facility is key for those wishing to combine golf, pleasure or business all in one.

For information on this hotel see www.marriott.com/shajw


November 9-12, 2006 Champions Tour Event, Sheshan Golf Club

Woods, Singh, Michelson and many more playing for Asia's richest prize purse of 5 million dollars. And event not to be missed. See www.asiantour.com for more information. Enquire also at www.marriott.com for offers during this period.

October 1, China Formula One Grand Prix

Without doubt the premier F1 in Asia. This event has become a must see and experience for those living in the region. For this week and those either side Shanghai is a great place to be, experience the excitement and enjoy what this great city really has to offer.


Northwest Airlines fly daily to Shanghai. Flights leave Tokyo mid-afternoon and arrive early evening. Return flights are in the morning with early afternoon arrival back into Tokyo.

For more information visit www.nwa.com or contact your travel agent.

Paul Jones, 16 March 2006

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    Paul Jones is based in Tokyo and is currently both principal and managing partner for several projects in the development of the game here in Japan and Asia. Paul has held roles in all facets of the sport and hospitality industry including operations, assett acquisitions, assett management, PR and postioning, branding, retail and education.

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