If you want to see China's best professional golfers, now's your chance, as the Kunming leg of the Omega China Tour comes through town this weekend. It began yesterday with a pro-am tournament at Lakeview Golf Club. The professional event begins today, with the final rounds played Saturday and Sunday. Play commences at 8 am and finishes at 4 pm both days.
Kunming is the fifth of seven stops on the tour, which concludes in Beijing in October. The pros like to play here, according to Lakeview director of golf Dave Goh, because it is the only course on the tour that uses bentgrass from tee to green. This type of grass is used on golf courses because of its deep green color and its density. But it is sensitive to extreme heat, which is no problem here in the Spring City. "I think every professional player would like to experience bent grass, because especially on the putting green you get a very true roll," Goh says.
This is the tour's third year, and the third time it has included a stop in Kunming. Lakeview is located near Dianchi Lake, across the road from the Yunnan Minorities Village. It is the final stop for buses number 44 and 73.© Copyright 2005-2021 GoKunming.com all rights reserved. This material may not be republished, rewritten or redistributed without permission.