Volvo China Open Heads to Topwin as Championship Returns to Beijing

China’s own true, open championship - the Volvo China Open - is to be staged for the 22nd time next Spring, from April 28th to May 1st, 2016. The exciting, new host venue will be Topwin Golf and Country Club in Beijing, and this will be the first time that this great tournament has been back in its birthplace, by the Great Wall of China, in seven years.

Situated on the northern outskirts of the capital city, in the hills of Huairou, is Topwin Golf and Country Club. This exclusive club at the base of the Great Wall of China opened in October 2011, and the par-72 championship course was designed by former Masters winner, Ian Woosnam. The beautiful, parkland layout runs through rural countryside amongst fruit and pine trees, chestnut orchards, and an abundance of natural wildlife. From the course, there are frequent views of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is an area noted for its seclusion, privacy, and relaxing atmosphere, and Topwin is a virtual paradise where people can leave behind the fast-paced and hectic world.

Zhang Xiaoning is the Director General, Multi-Ball Games Administrative Centre of General Administration of Sport, and the Vice President and Secretary General of the China Golf Association who have been Volvo’s partners for more than twenty years. He says, “We are thrilled that Volvo is bringing the 22nd Volvo China Open back to Beijing. It seems a very fitting venue, and we are all very proud of the history of our national open. As golf rejoins the Olympic Games in 2016, the Volvo China Open will be a perfect opportunity for Chinese players to experience world-class competition in the run-up to Rio.”

Volvo was the first western brand to engage with golf in China in 1995, and this, the open championship of China, is the country’s longest-running professional golf tournament. It is also the first Chinese golf tournament to have been broadcast worldwide. It has been a part of the European tour since 2004, since when its global influence has steadily grown. Beijing was home to the first three events starting in 1995, and has now hosted the Volvo China Open on no fewer than six occasions.

Zhou Zhichang, the General Manager of Topwin Golf and Country Club believes that, “To host our nation’s true, open championship is the greatest possible honour. We are very much looking forward to working together with both Volvo and the European Tour during the coming months. The whole team here is now focused on preparing the course to absolute perfection. Playing in the shadows of one of the Seven Wonders of the World will be a unique experience for the international field, and I believe it will really inspire their golf.”

According to Per Ericsson, President of Volvo Event Management, “Topwin Golf and Country club will be an excellent test, and it follows our principle of moving this great, open event around China. The Volvo China Open has many great memories from Beijing - it started here in 1995, has hosted the championship six times, and is coming back after a break of seven years. It is also, of course, a very important area for Volvo’s businesses. The Volvo China Open will be held alongside the Beijing Motor Show, and this underlines just what an important market Beijing is.”

The 22nd staging of the Volvo China Open takes place from April 28th to May 1st at Topwin Golf and Country Club, Beijing, China. This will be Volvo’s 85th tournament on the European Tour. The prize fund is RMB 20 million, (approximately $3.2 million). The tournament is organised by the China Golf Association with Volvo Event Management as co-organisers and promoter, and is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and OneAsia.

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