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  1. Keeping fairways green a tough job in north

    Posted Apr 12th 2006, 12:00am by Peter Goff

    ... the grass alive,' said Marlboro Ma, a manager at the Honghua course. Honghua has more than 100 ground staff who work year-round tending the course. Winter in the frigid north presents them with the greatest difficulties. Enduring sub-zero temperatures, courses in the north are forced to close from early December to the end of March each year. To protect the course during this time Honghua ...

  2. 'Winter to blame' for course's poor condition

    Posted Apr 17th 2006, 12:00am by Peter Goff

    ... runs the Beijing Honghua International Golf Club, which hosted the 12th Open this week. Several players complained that the fairways and greens were not in good condition, including world number 13 Henrik Stenson, who criticised the lack of grass. 'The Honghua International course is definitely not up to European standards,' he said. Scott Kelly, the European Tour's ...

  3. China Open opens up

    Posted Mar 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Chuah Choo Chiang

    ... in the lead-up to the April 13-16 showpiece at Honghua International Golf Club. Players will be chasing a record US$1.8 million in prizemoney, US$500,000 up on last year. England's Paul Casey won ...

  4. Kapur set for next step on path to stardom

    Posted Apr 12th 2006, 12:00am by Chuah Choo Chiang

    ... The talented Indian tees up in the Volvo China Open at the Beijing Honghua International Golf Club tomorrow, looking to add a second trophy to his name following his Masters of Asia triumph in Bangkok ... to do.' Kapur must contend with cold and blustery conditions which greeted the stars at the Nick Faldo-designed Honghua today. Snow has even been forecast for tonight. While Asians traditionally ...

  5. Luxury tax hurts growth

    Posted Apr 12th 2006, 12:00am by Peter Goff

    ... also targets yachts and high-end watches. 'The new tax is unfortunate as far as the growth of golf is concerned,' said Li Hao, owner of the Beijing Honghua Intenational Golf Club. ... of excessive water use, many courses now use treated waste water to keep their fairways green. The Honghua course draws its water from the same treatment plant that will be used to water the Olympic ...

  6. Stenson, Van de Velde join China Open field

    Posted Apr 07th 2006, 12:00am by Chuah Choo Chiang

    ... Chuah Choo Chiang Sweden's Henrik Stenson, touted as the next 'special one' from Europe, and revitalised Frenchman Jean van de Velde will join the race for the Volvo China Open crown next week. Stenson, ranked 12th in the world, has signed up for the US$1.8 million event at Beijing Honghua Golf Club from April 13-16 where he will start as a firm favourite to lift ...

  7. Casey goes for unique double

    Posted Mar 24th 2006, 12:00am by Chuah Choo Chiang

    ... Honghua Golf Club from April 13-16, and is jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour. Casey, who has five career victories, said it was a special feeling to be defending his crown. ...

  8. Tens of thousands get in the swing

    Posted Apr 12th 2006, 12:00am by Peter Goff

    ... the city. These days more than 50,000 Beijingers play golf on a regular basis, according to Li Hao, the owner of Beijing Honghua International Golf Club, the venue for the 12th China Open. ... that hosting the Open can help us push that development even further,' he said. Honghua is in a prime location, about 1km from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Green and only a 15 or 20-minute drive ...

  9. Stenson stymied by fan stealing his golf ball on fairway

    Posted Apr 16th 2006, 12:00am by Peter Goff

    ... Peter Goff Last week it was Augusta for Henrik Stenson, ranked 13th in the world, this week it was the China Open. And the big difference the tall Swede noticed between the two tournaments: well, the spectators don't steal your golf balls on the fairways in Augusta. After teeing off on the ninth hole of his opening round at the Beijing Honghua International course his ...

  10. Adversity inspires Lynn to great heights

    Posted Apr 15th 2006, 12:00am by Peter Goff

    ... I went on the first tee. It was quite funny.' With the offending lesion out of the way, the 2004 KLM Open champion hit nine birdies on the Beijing Honghua International course to head up ...




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