Simapo Island

Simapo Island GC

Haikou, China
2014  * closed 2015 *

My associate Eric Iverson spent three years of his life traveling back and forth to China, to create a golf course that closed before it opened, due to the national government’s crackdown on its previously unenforced ban on new golf construction.

The setting of the golf course on an island in the Nandu River, overlooking Hainan Island’s largest city of Haikou, was not like anywhere we have worked before, and the entire project had to be engineered so that flood waters would pass over the golf course without destroying it or causing the river to overflow its banks. The only pictures of the finished course are from my two rounds of inspection with our client, Han Ziding, ten days before the government told him that the course could not open.