Ladies European Tour members were given the opportunity to experience traditional Chinese culture with some sightseeing ahead of the 2013 Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open at Suzhou Taihu International Golf Club.

World class golfers Sarah Kemp (Australia), Carly Booth (Scotland), Joanna Klatten (France), Maha Haddioui (Morocco) and Bree Arthur (Australia) visited Dong Shan, or East Hill: an historical and ancient town along the south west coast of Taihu Lake, China’s third largest lake whose size is approximately 2,500 square kilometres.

After visiting the tourism spots, Joanna Klatten commented: “10 out of 10! I always really enjoy these two weeks in China because it’s nice to get away from home and do something completely different. This experience was awesome because you usually only see a course and the airport so it allowed us to see something a bit more local. It’s very different and beautiful in its own style so I really enjoyed it.”

Tour members and staff are excited to be back for the sixth edition of the China Suzhou Taihu Open. Launched in 2008, as the LET’s first tournament in China, the Graham Marsh-designed championship course has produced some fine winners over the last five years, namely Annika Sorenstam, Bo-Mi Suh, Lee-Anne Pace, Yani Tseng and Carlota Ciganda respectively.

Carly Booth said: “It’s definitely something different. It’s nice to see some Chinese culture and dress up. It’s been a nice experience.”

The increase in prize money to €400,000 this year is highly significant and reflects the standard and prestige of this championship. With impressive practice facilities and hospitality at the five-star, luxury Taihu Golf Hotel, the competitors, officials and spectators are in for a tremendous experience. The site is also famous as the place where military leader Sun Tzu wrote the influential book: “The Art of

Pictured: LET players Bree Arthur, Sarah Kemp, Maha Haddioui, Joanna Klatten and Carly Booth wearing traditional 'chi pao' Chinese dresses at Dong Shan Diao Hua Lou (eastern mountain, Diao Hua building) near Suzhou.

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