-- Its a long way to go to play golf, but if you get a yen to hit a
few drives when youre in Hong Kong, its only a half-hours drive to
the Mission Hills Golf Resort, where you can choose from 10
championship 18-hole courses.
shaped Mission Hills Golf Resort, which is long and narrow, snakes
some 50 miles from end to end across Shenzhen and broadens to about
10 miles at its widest.
Twice the size of
Manhattan, the golf resort is the largest in the world according to
the Guinness Book of World Records, proof that the golf boom has
not overlooked China.
Ten years ago,
Mission Hills had just one course.
We got 100
golfers a month, if we were lucky, said Carol Chu, executive
director. Today the resort has 10 courses, and we have 1,500
golfers a day on weekdays, and up to 2,000 on weekend
courses were designed by top golfers and instructors from five
continents, including Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els, David Leadbetter,
Annika Sorenstam, Jumbo Ozaki, Jose Maria Olazabal, David Duval,
Vijay Singh, Nick Faldo and Greg Norman.
course served as the venue of the 41st World Cup of Golf in 1995.
Mission Hills was also the setting for the Johnnie Walker Super
Tour in 1998 and the Tiger Woods China Challenge in
It was the first
in China to be accredited by the U.S. Professional Golf Association
Visitors can also
improve their game with a session at the David Leadbetter Golf
Academy, which has a facility at Mission Hills. Instructors coach
students based on Leadbetters methods.
Aside from golf,
Mission Hills is a resort, a spa and a conference center. The
resort has 315 rooms, including 12 deluxe suites and one Imperial
Suite, and the 7,000-square-foot Spa La Quinta at Mission Hills,
which features both Eastern and Western therapies.
center includes a variety of venues, including the
4,349-square-foot Grand Ballroom and three function rooms -- each
more than 1,000 square feet in area -- that can be combined into
one 3,000-square-foot space.
Golf Resort also houses seven restaurants offering both Asian and
Western cuisine, meetings and events rooms, a 24-hour business
center, a billiards room, a gym equipped with Cybex training
equipment, indoor and outdoor badminton courts and playgrounds, 51
championship tennis courts, two swimming pools and an archery
reporter David Cogswell, send e-mail to [email protected].