Helping him prepare for the last 3 years was the team at Troon Golf Academy at Lion Lake Country Club in Southern China,
where a sprawling, new, state-of-the-art instructional complex and
simulated Augusta-like course conditions gave Tianlang an advantage.
Named "Best Golf Course Design" and "Best New Golf Club in China” when it opened recently, Lion Lake Country Club anchors the new Lion Lake resort and residential complex in the Pearl River Delta region of south China (a 1-hour drive from Guangzhou, and soon to be accessed by light rail). With flamboyant Arabian-style architecture and Vegas-style luxury, the Sheraton Qingyuan Lion Lake Resort has the catbird seat above the lakeside yacht club (on the drawing boards is a canal connecting to Hong Kong and Macau).
Among the amenities surrounding the resort are a grass-skiing hillside, hot springs resort, boating on the lake and on an underground river, exploring a national forest park and ancient ruins--plus, of course, golf on the Troon Golf-operated Moon and Moonlight championship courses. The 7,115 yard, links-style Moon Course was laid around spectacular rocky escarpments and the lake, while the Moonlight Course features water-water everywhere.
Founder/editor of BestGolfResortsofTheWorld.com, Karen Misuraca is a travel and golf writer from the California Wine Country. She blogs golf travel and writes about Deep Culture Travel. Check out Karen's new iPhone app, California Coast North.