(TIANJIN, CHINA) -- Schmidt-Curley Design -- one of the world's most active and innovative golf course design firms -- announces the Pete Dye Course at Tianjin Binhai Lake Golf Club is open for its first full season.
Tianjin Binhai, a collaboration between golf course designers Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley and their mentor Pete Dye, features 10 windswept, lakefront holes. To make construction possible, the site -- which was within the confines of a man-made lake -- was drained and its bottom excavated. The resulting fill was used to create the peninsula on which the course sits.
The layout has already garnered an abundance of accolades, including being named host of the PGA European Tour's Volvo China Open in 2012.
"Tianjin Binhai Lake showcases our ability to transform less-than-ideal sites into exceptional golf courses," says Brian Curley. "Our design creativity, construction management skills and shaping acumen were on full display."
Located 50 miles southeast of Beijing, Tianjin Binhai Lake is a par-72, 7,577-yard core golf course. Given the often windy conditions, the design team created wide fairways.
"We're always excited when opportunities arise to work with Pete," says Curley. "Lee and I were extremely fortunate to learn from him on some of his most influential projects -- places like Casa de Campo, PGA West and Kiawah Island. We owe a great deal of our success to his guidance and friendship."
The Pete Dye Course is the first of two at the facility. An 18-hole solo project from Schmidt-Curley will debut next spring.