Lion Lake Resort

The project site is located in a region known as the #1 recreational area within the “pearl triangle” of Southern China. The owner clearly articulated the desire to create a premier international golf resort community that offered residents and guests an uncompromised lifestyle and experience.

goals & objectives

  • harmony with natural physical site elements
  • amenitize entire property
  • memorable visual aesthetic
  • world class golf experience
  • variety in golf experience (2 Courses)
  • accommodate golfers of varying skill levels

approach employed


An in depth site analysis identified inherent physical features of the site that influenced the land use planning from which the golf course, resort/hotel, hot spring spa, residential, and commercial center were exquisitely interwoven into the comprehensive plan. The unifying element of the Master Plan evolved from the proximity of the site to a regional river system that provided the opportunity for amenity connectivity through a system of water features and golf course corridors. Existing rock formations that were initially viewed as a site constraint were innovatively re-purposed as a defining site characteristic and exposed through blasting techniques.  Accentuated vertical red rock ledges provided dramatic visual character and strategic golf hole design.


  • utilized undevelopable land
  • maximized land value
  • uniquely challenging “moon” and “moonlight” courses
  • improved stormwater management
  • cultural sensitivity / engagement
  • environmental sustainability


The red rock formations that were undevelopable for the mixed uses proposed for the site became the defining visual character and focal point of the rugged “Moon” course while the water features and lush landscaping formed the backdrop for the visually dynamic “Moonlight” course. The Chinese philosophy of “Feng Shui” directed the environmental and cultural sensitivity for the clubhouse location and preservation of key rock formations. The exceptional quality of the Lion Lake Resort resulted in the golf facility recognized as the “#1 New Golf Course” by China Golf Magazine and “People’s Choice Best New Course.” The facility was selected as the venue for the China PGA Tour, China Ladies Open, Aaron Baddeley International Junior Championship and annual Global Ambassadors Cup.

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