The new Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 game for Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, and PSP, which was released last week, has put Shanghai golf on the (digital) map. Finally, you can afford to play Sheshan Golf Club (seriously, we think an Xbox might be cheaper than a round there).
From the game’s official blog:
Now we head to the Far East, China, home of Sheshan International Golf Club. Sheshan International is most noted for hosting the European TOUR’s opening event, the HSBC Champions of which Phil Mickelson is the current defending champion. Pretty fresh, the course opened in October 2004 and was designed by Neil Haworth. The natural forestation was integrated into the course design. 10,000 trees and natural foliage were preserved providing a very pleasing experience to the eye. Two 1000 year old ginko trees grace the 4th hole. 16 million cubic meters of dirt was moved to create elevation, bunkers and valleys.
This majestic course plays to a Par 72 with a length of 7,195 yards. And the natural beauty and rolling hills make it both a spectacular and intimidating golf course. The most noticeable holes are the 16th and 17th, which play over a water filled, rare quarry, which is very much in play on the 16th for those players opting to go for the green on the short par 4.
And then the risk/reward par 5, 18th is sure to provide some drama with water sweeping along the entire right side of the hole and then surrounding the front and right of the green. Try not to lose focus as you marvel at its beauty and see if you can stay dry.
But seriously, Shanghai, get out and support Justin Rose. That one guy in his gallery looks lonely.