Shenzhen, China – Dye Designs Group was selected to create a new18-hole championship golf course as the centerpiece of a multi-use residential resort development, Guilin Sports, Tourism & Leisure Center, located in Guilin, China.
Due to the recent government restrictions on golf course developments, the project’s owner, Guilin XinChang Investment Group, an experienced real estate developer in the GuangXi province, took their time and dedicated substantial resources toward selecting the architect to design their first golf related development.
“This client hosted a very competitive selection process over a period of 18 months” says principal Cynthia Dye. “I feel honored to have my team and our conceptual master plan chosen from among the many first rate designers presented during the lengthy and detailed design charrette.”
Guilin Sports, Tourism & Leisure Center is conveniently located on the edge of current development in the city of Guilin. The resort community development will include: an 18-hole golf course, an internationally flagged hotel & conference center, a separate natural hot spring day spa and approximately one-hundred custom villas.
Distinguishing features of the resort community will be its setting within the interlaced Karst Mountains, a rare and distinctive geological feature that is a major attraction for tourism to the Guilin area. These features form a natural backdrop for the golf course which itself is routed through a series of natural springs that will serve the golf resort and spa facilities.
“Of all the properties that I have walked in my lifetime, this is the most surreal setting,” Dye said. “The interplay between the small mountains, refracted light in all directions and the natural water features has given me a wonderful opportunity to create something special here.”
Under the central government’s tourism plan to promote “One Province, One Island, One City,” this project has been given approval to move forward. The golf course construction phase is scheduled to begin this July.
With two projects now nearing completion of construction and two of their other current design projects receiving similar expedited approvals, Dye Designs Group is confident the golf course development process in China has been given some clarity and possibly a boost from the need for localized economic development.