GOLF is booming in China. About 20 courses had opened for play by the end of last year and this number was expected to quadruple by the turn of the century. Some analysts predict 500 courses within 10 years. Regardless of predictions, the development has provided thousands of jobs in the golf industry as well as a new form of recreation for China's emerging middle class. Here is a look at some of the courses open for play and others under construction. Long Island Golf and Country Club: Located 80 minutes from Hong Kong in Dongguan City, this is an ambitious 27-hole USGA Championship course featuring a hill and lakeside layout. The nine-hole hill course is open for play with the nine holes of the lake course set to open in April. The J. Michael Poellot-designed course, which will also include lighting for night golf, will be complete in October. Individual memberships are $310,000 and 300 out of a total of 1,800 have been sold. Corporate memberships with two and three nominees respectively are also available. Sand River Golf Club: Located in Shenzhen, this is one of the closest courses to Hong Kong. The Gary Player-designed 27-hole championship course offers night golfing and a full training facility at the Gary Player Golf Academy. The first nine holes (the academy training course) opened in August last year with another nine due to open in October. The course is scheduled for completion in the spring of next year. What makes the $650-million Sand River course unique is the full training facility at the academy. Following the philosophies of Player, everything from nutrition to equipment to a player's mental approach to the game will be analysed to help a golfer improve at any level. Additional facilities include a 36-bay driving range and a soon-to-be-completed clubhouse. Individual memberships are $530,000 with corporate memberships - one and two nominee - $575,000 and $1,030,000 respectively. Honichi Golf Leisure Club: Close to Sand River, the club is in the second phase of membership sales, having sold the initial offering of 1,400. An additional 700 memberships are on sale at $380,000 for individuals, with corporate memberships priced at $760,000 for two nominees. The 27-hole course is part of a multi-sport facility that includes tennis, horseback riding and para-gliding. Shenzhen Xili Golf Club: Located 30 minutes from the border, the first 18 holes were completed in April last year. An additional nine holes of the Nelson, Wright and Haworth-designed course are expected to open next month. At present, 250 memberships of a maximum 1,000 have been sold for this exclusive club managed by the Shangri-La group. Individual memberships are $600,000 with corporate memberships with three nominees at $1.8 million. A fitness centre, health club, tennis courts, swimming pools and a children's play area are scheduled for completion later this year. Chung Shan Hot Spring Golf Club: Closer to Zhuhai, this was the first club to open in the country in 1984. The club features both a Jack Nicklaus and an Arnold Palmer-designed course and has been host to many tournaments. Just 50 minutes from Hong Kong, the club has full memberships (non-transferable) for $200,000. Membership includes reciprocal playing rights at courses in 10 countries. Lakewood Golf Club: This is perhaps the best course for reciprocal privileges and is located 30 minutes from Macau. Members have privileges at 225 associate clubs (23 in California alone), club resorts and international hotels. Lakewood offers two challenging courses in a mountain and lake design. As a complete resort facility, the club has recreational facilities, restaurants and residential opportunities. Individual memberships are $368,000 with corporate memberships starting at $428,000. Zhuhai Golf Club: In Tang Jia Wan, the club has 50 individual memberships for sale at $350,000. The club's flat 7,000-yard layout is unique in China. It takes about 70 minutes to reach the course from Hong Kong but when a bridge connecting Tuen Mun to Zhuhai is completed, travel time will be cut to about 30 minutes. Lotus Hill Golf Resort: Closer to Guangzhou, this Bernard Langer-designed course is worth visiting just for the challenge of playing the spectacular 17th hole. With a giant rock outcrop as a backdrop, the 137-yard par-three requires an accurate shot over water for any chance of par. An $80-million three-storey clubhouse that will house meeting and seminar rooms, indoor/outdoor dining, a pro shop, gym, library and karaoke rooms is almost finished. Phase One of the club's low-rise luxury lodges is complete. Foshan Golf and Country Club: The first nine holes of this Ross Forbes-designed course will open next month. An additional nine holes that will complete phase one of the project will be completed in two to three months. Additional facilities will include a multi-purpose clubhouse, driving range, tennis and squash courts and luxury townhouses and villas. Individual memberships are $200,000 with corporate memberships (one nominee) starting at $250,000. Only 400 memberships will be sold. Royal Orchid Club: Three holes of the Nick Faldo-designed course located on the fringes of Shunde City have been completed along with a driving range. The first nine holes are expected to be open by the end of the year. Once complete in mid-1997, the course will feature a David Leadbetter (teaching) Academy, practice facilities, a clubhouse, commercial complex and condominiums. Individual memberships are $268,000 with family packages at $288,000.