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ride, one that offers a wonderful variety of holes. The standout is the fifth, one of the region’s great short par-fours. A risk-reward classic, the green on this dainty number can be reached in one with a solid blow of some 240 yards. But that’s all carry – carry over a lake and a lengthy serpent-shaped bunker. The fairway takes a more cautious route around the left side, although even if the percentage play is chosen, greenside mounding and run-off areas mean approach shots had better be precise.

Top-notch. While we’re firm believers that the clubhouse runs a distant second behind the course when it comes to determining the quality of a venue (miles behind, in truth), even the most traditional of golfers can’t fail to be impressed with Hillview’s immaculate nineteenth (or in this case, thirty-seventh) hole. Enormous and beautifully appointed – and not nearly as grandiose as your typical upscale Chinese clubhouse – the third-floor restaurant serves up a more-than-decent array of Chinese and Western favourites, while the service is nearly faultless. The vast locker rooms are a joy, although the pro shop is surprisingly deficient when it comes to equipment. Although there is a good array of domestic products, many of the more familiar international brands are absent. This being China however – where all golf products are slapped with a hefty tax, making them significantly more expensive than Hong Kong – it’s always best to stock up before crossing the border. The rooms in the attached Sofitel are firstrate, making the decision to stay the night and play another round the following day all the more enticing.

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East London GC, South Africa, Jan 7-10 Charl Schwartzel claimed his fourth European Tour title after his final round 67 was good enough to help him secure the Africa Open in East London. The South African, the highest ranked player in the field at 66 and one of the favourites heading into the tournament, ended with a total of 272 - 20 under par overall - to edge out joint-overnight leader Thomas Aiken by a stroke. Another South African Jbe’ Kruger finished in third place on 18 under after his day four score of 70, while Trevor Fisher's 72 - the worst amongst the leaders - dropped the youngster into a share of fourth place with Chris Swanepoel and the two highest placed foreigners in the field, Englishman James Morrison and Rick Kulacz from Australia.

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Abu Dhabi GC, UAE, Jan 21-24 New world number six Martin Kaymer secured his second Abu Dhabi Golf Championship title and hopes the victory will be the catalyst to a highly anticipated Ryder Cup debut at Celtic Manor later this year. After winning his maiden title in Abu Dhabi in 2008 with a nervous four shot wire-to-wire victory, the 25-year-old German needed every ounce of experience gained from adding three wins since to edge out Ian Poulter in a gripping final round duel. Overnight leader Kaymer, who also finished second last year, birdied the f inal hole at Abu Dhabi Golf Club to card a bogey free final round six under par 66 and win by one. 20-year-old star Rory McIlroy claimed third spot after finishing a further shot adrift. 1 2 3 4 5 6 6 8 8 8

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Royal Johannesburg and Kensington GC, South Africa, Jan 14-17 Charl Schwartzel cruised to his second straight European Tour title in his home city with a six shot win at the Joburg Open, further extending his early lead in The Race to Dubai. The Africa Open winner coasted around the East Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington in a five under par 66, following rounds of 63, 68 and 64 for a 23 under par total. That was far too good for the chasing pack, with Schwartzel’s fellow South African Keith Horne sharing second with Darren Clarke on 17 under following a best of the day final round 64. 1 Charl Schwarztel 63 68 64 66 261 €206,050 2 Darren Clarke 63 69 67 68 267 €119,730 2 Keith Horne 68 65 70 64 267 €119,730 4 James Kamte 67 66 69 68 270 €58,760 4 Danny Willett 65 67 70 68 270 €58,760 6 Soren Hansen 66 70 68 68 272 €36,108 6 Joost Luiten 66 69 69 68 272 €36,108 6 Hennie Otto 67 66 69 70 272 €36,108 6 Peter Whiteford 66 69 70 67 272 €36,108 10 Josh Cunliffe 68 70 67 68 273 €24,375

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