Tiger Beach ¡ª a Hidden Jewel

August 23, 2005

The authoritative Japanese golf magazine, Choice , dedicated an impressive ten pages of coverage to Tiger Beach in its September 2005 issue. In the opinion of photographer Yokoyama Hiroaki and editor-in-chief Nobutaka Nakamura:

¡°To rank courses in order is meaningless, as the happiness, essence and quality one feels at each course is different. Moreover, the impression left by the challenge offered at every course is different, especially with respect to difficulty, scores, and overall impression of the place. Many attempts must be made in order for one to understand the challenges of a particular course. That's why the so-called ¡° of¡± lists of courses really disappoint me.

¡°The rural suburbs of Qingdao (in China 's Shandong province) are home to a links course called Tiger Beach , which was created by an amateur golfer with no knowledge of course design. Through hard work, he designed a course that combines the essence of a real links, with interlaced fairways, changeable rough, and jug-like bunkers that make it a real Scottish course. I disappeared into the course for the purpose of taking photos.¡±

¡°Perhaps the nature of a links course makes one feel youthful, almost childlike. Tiger Beach called to mind my memories of the Spanish Bay Course I visited 17 years ago on the West Coast of the U.S. at Monterey Island . The two designers of golf course are very dedicated to the Scottish golf links style: Watson and Robert Trent Jones. They knew Spanish Bay was a course that would be automatically designated as a top course, without any feedback from the public.

¡°Though Tiger Beach is not in Scotland , it represents the essence of true Scottish golf, even more enticingly than America 's Pebble Beach course. One feels like Christopher Columbus here.¡±

¡°Viewing the course from a distance, the undulating mountains make it seem even more secluded. Scattered around the course are modest farmhouses and villages, and even the most troubled golfer will calm down once he sees the sights here. The course synchronizes well with its surroundings, making one feel as if he has embraced it all for a long time.¡±

The taciturn photographer Yokoyama Hiroaki says of the course, ¡°It is always a beautiful picture from whichever point of view you see it. This is really seldom seen anywhere in the world.¡±