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ALL images by RYAN FARROW Well, we are not pulling your legs! We are stone cold serious because Asian Club Business has been granted an exclusive preview of a golf course that opens for play this month in Inner Mongolia. “Since the course will be open to the public, we are excited to introduce the Chinese population to a real, links golf setting,” – Lee Schmidt The course is an 18 hole lay-out that plays to a Par 72, 7,195 yardage. “Since the course will be open to the public, we are excited to introduce the Chinese population to a real, links golf setting,” Schmidt revealed. The site is located on the edge of the Gobi Desert and along the banks of the Yellow River and features 20 meter sand dunes. This makes for some stunning surroundings and the course consists of non-returning nines to make the most out of this dramatic terrain which feature punch-bowl greens, redans, dramatic fall away greens as well as challenging plateaus. Throughout the design process, SCD looked at not only preserving the existing vegetation and natural sand dunes but also the micro undulations in the fairways and green contours. According to Schmidt, “In keeping with the great links courses of the British Isles we recognize the importance of challenging golfers with a variety of J ULY 2014 38/39