A SUBSIDIARY of Singapore-based Shanghai Holdings is to build an 18-hole golf course and leisure resort outside Guangzhou city.
The Guangzhou International Golf Club will be 40 kilometres from the city centre on land provided by the local authority.
With US$200 million of investment, it will feature a clubhouse, tennis and squash courts, outdoor swimming pool, and villas in an area famous for its lychee trees and natural beauty.
The joining fee is US$20,000 for individuals, and US$30,000 for corporate members, with 1,200 the membership target.
The course has been designed by American golf architect Nelson Wright's Singapore office, and ground-breaking takes place this month, with completion due within two years.
Spokesman Mr Ng Hong-yeong said the local Chinese authorities had been very co-operative.
''They are keen to boost the area as a place of interest. They like the idea of an international golf tournament to attract overseas visitors,'' he said.
The main contractor will be Singaporean but labour will be provided locally.
Plans are underway to build a 10 km link-road, about 30 km down the new Guangzhou to Shenzhen highway, to be finished by the end of this year.