The second Volvo China Open Qualifying event of 2017 will take place next Tuesday and Wednesday at Grand Hill Golf Club in Chengdu, Sichuan province.

The club is located in Jintang Town, the northernmost urban point of Chengdu, and is widely recognized as one of the premier golf clubs in the southwest of China.

Opened in 2008, Grand Hill was designed by the renowned US golf course design company JMP Group. The company was sensitive to the flora and fauna existing on the site, which at one time in the past was used as a wildlife zoo.

Local people refer to Chengdu as the “land of abundance”, and most people’s first visit to Grand Hill confirms that there is everything here and more for the avid golfer.

At 7,235 yards the course poses a stern test for players of all skills. Strategically placed bunkers and natural water hazards provide plenty of defense, and with most holes lined with trees there is a premium on straight driving from the tee.

The four par-fives are all risk-reward holes, but each has a sting in the tale. At 626 yards, the seventh is the longest hole on the golf course. Players in the Volvo China Open BRC Grand Hill Qualifying event will all be trying to clear the fairway bunkers, but this requires a drive of almost 300 yards.

The second shot plays downhill, so to reach the green in two shots is more than possible, but fraught with problems if the shot is not sweetly struck. Eagles can be made here, however.

The club’s team of maintenance professionals has been working hard to prepare the course for next week’s event, and despite the early spring weather being rather cool, the course has been prepared in excellent condition.

The bentgrass greens have been manicured in preparation for the qualifying event and are rolling perfectly true, so plenty of birdies are expected next week.

The 23rd staging of the Volvo China Open takes place from April 27th-30th at Topwin Golf and Country Club, Beijing. Volvo was the first western brand to engage with golf in China in 1995, and this will be Volvo's 86th tournament on the European Tour. The prize fund is RMB 20 million. The tournament is organized by the China Golf Association with Volvo Car Event Management as co-organizer and promoter, and is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and OneAsia.


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