PGA Tour aims for TPC Shanghai

With the development of TPC Beijing looking more and more like a lost cause, the PGA Tour has settled on a new location for its first golf property in the People’s Republic. The tour is negotiating with an unnamed group to establish the facility in Shanghai, the world’s largest city and an appropriate stage for high-profile professional tournaments.

The centerpiece of TPC Shanghai will be a golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., and construction is set to begin as soon contracts are signed.

What all this means is that TPC Beijing, which was to feature a Gil Hanse-designed course, is on its way to becoming a distant memory.

“It’s pretty much a non-existing project,” reports Steve Wenzloff, the tour’s vice president of design services.

Presuming it actually comes to life, TPC Shanghai will be just the second Tournament Players Club to be licensed outside the United States. The other one is in Cancun, Mexico.

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