POMP and ceremony came to the city of Nanhai on the last Friday of September 1994. The celebrations commemorated Nanhai's second anniversary, with the city's coming of age revolving around three ambitious projects -two six-lane super highways, a magnificent sports stadium and the Golden Lake Golf Club. The celebrations began with a 5,000-strong gathering at the stadium where there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony. That was followed by a parade of 100 cars along the super highways and a visit to the site of the Golden Lake Golf Club. 'It was a memorable occasion for the city of Nanhai and for Golden Lake Golf Club,' Anders Chan, said. Mr Chan is the driving force behind the multi-million-dollar golf club project, 35 kilometres west of Guangzhou. 'The launch of our membership sales on such an auspicious occasion was a great success,' he said, adding that 35 memberships were sold on the first day of business. Memberships are available in three categories - individual ($330,000), corporate, first designee ($330,000), corporate additional designee ($264,000) and diamond, one designated principal member and one undesignated membership ($700,000). Nestled among natural hillocks, the club is a joint venture between the Nanhai Municipal City Government (30 per cent) and Chan's (Nanhai) Investment (70 per cent), a company owned by Mr Chan and Thai businessman Pichait Palanugool, both of whom are experienced in the golfing industry. Deputy chairman of the Thai Gems and Jewellery Association, Mr Pichait owns two golf clubs near Bangkok and Pattaya, while Mr Chan, in addition to holding the position of deputy chairman of the Foreign Investors' Association of Zhaoqing City in Guangdong province, is the founder of another resort and golf club in southern China. For him, however, Golden Lake is a particularly special project as Nanhai is his home town. Following successful negotiations with the local government, construction began last December. Mr Chan said: 'We really jump-started the project. I had a good feeling from the local people.' Measuring 7,086 yards (7,794 metres) and playing to a par of 72 from the championship tees, the course is being designed by American architect Tom Ross who previously worked with the Gary Player Group. Mr Chan said: 'Tom has carefully preserved the natural landscape and the local vegetation to complement the beauty of nature. 'He is designing a course that will be both challenging and fun for golfers of all skill levels.' In addition to the golf course, Golden Lake will include an academy, a driving range, a shopping centre, clubhouse, holiday homes and land lots within the course. Mr Chan said the driving range would be open to the public as well as club members. One end of the range would be available to the public and the other to members. 'There are really three parts to the club,' Mr Ross said. 'You will have the public area, the semi-private part of the academy where the public will be able to join and the private club facilities.' Golden Lake will be accessible via the new super highway. It is a two-hour drive from Hong Kong and 25 minutes from Guangzhou. The club is also within easy reach of Panyu, Shunde and Foshan. The project is being constructed in two phases. It is expected that the driving range and shopping arcade will soon be completed, while the golf course, clubhouse and holiday homes will be ready next year.