Golf News for Monday, December 6, 2010 | Others

China's Mission Hills announce new Fantasy Golf Hole Contest

HAIKOU, China -- Mission Hills Group -- impetus for China's golf boom and owner and operator of the world's two largest golf properties -- has unveiled the imagination-stoking "Mission Hills Fantasy Golf Hole Contest."

Amateur golf-course architects are invited to submit bold and daring conceptual plans for a par 3, 4 or 5. Winning submissions will be brought to life on the soon-to-be-constructed Icon Course at the new family resort destination, Mission Hills Hainan, China.

The radical Icon Course will feature holes as intrepid and extreme as any ever designed. Keeping with this theme, entries will be evaluated largely on creativity. Outside-the-box concepts are highly encouraged -- for instance, inspiration may be drawn from inanimate objects, animals or famous global landmarks. Designs must also accommodate playability, construction-feasibility and other criteria. Mission Hills and Schmidt-Curley Design (architect of all 10 courses at Mission Hills Hainan) will lead the judging.

The deadline for the competition is February 28, 2011. For details and entry instructions: www.missionhillschina.com/contest/fantasygolfhole.

In addition to creation of their dream holes, Grand Prize winners and three guests will receive four-day, three-night, all-expense-paid trips to Mission Hills Hainan. Winners will also be awarded with lifetime passes to play unlimited free golf on the Icon Course.

"Mission Hills is excited to present this opportunity to golfers worldwide," says Dr. Ken Chu, Executive Vice Chairman of Mission Hills Group. "Limitless imagination is paramount, as our Icon Course will feature holes inspired by Mission Hills' position at the forefront of golf's global explosion."

"Armchair architects must ingeniously channel their artistic impulses," says Brian Curley of Schmidt-Curley Design. "Submit your dream hole or holes -- wild-and-wacky preferred -- and we'll build it for you."

Located on exotic Hainan Island, the world's hottest spot for luxury development, Mission Hills Hainan, is only 15 minutes from Haikou Meilan International Airport. It features 10 golf courses celebrating design genres from around the globe, 518 tastefully-appointed guest rooms and suites, 12 first-rate restaurants, Hainan's only aquatic theme park, therapeutic volcanic mineral springs, a spa oasis and more.

For more information: www.missionhillschina.com, (86 755) 2802 0888.

About Mission Hills Group
The Mission Hills Group, owner and operator of Mission Hills Shenzhen and Mission Hills Hainan, China is the pioneer in the country's fledgling hospitality, sports and leisure industry.

Mission Hills -- recognized as the leading golf brand in the world and synonymous with high-end, luxurious residences of rare and exquisite design -- has created the ultimate leisure and wellness resorts.

Mission Hills has hosted more than 100 international tournaments, including the 1995 World Cup of Golf and the Tiger Woods China Challenge in 2001. In 2007, Mission Hills began its role as host of an unprecedented 12 editions of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup.

About Mission Hills Shenzhen
Stretching across the lush, rolling hills of southern China, Mission Hills Shenzhen is the country's premier golf club, and also "World's Largest Golf Club" as accredited by Guinness World Records. The property is home to 12 signature courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Annika Sorenstam, Ernie Els, Jose Maria Olazabal, Vijay Singh, David Leadbetter, David Duval, Jumbo Ozaki and Zhang Lian Wei.

Mission Hills Shenzhen is a full-service, luxury resort, featuring four clubhouses, three award-winning spas, a five-star hotel, three golf academies (including one from world-renowned female instructor Cindy Reid), Asia largest tennis facilities with 51 tennis courts and professional tennis academy, and numerous fine dining establishments serving cuisine from around the world.

About Mission Hills Hainan
Mission Hills Hainan lies in the volcanic region of exotic Hainan Island, China. The resort sets a new standard in leisure, recreation and wellness experiences. Nestled amid lush, green gardens, it caters to golf enthusiasts and comprises specially-designed golf courses, each one incorporating the native lava rock formations. Other state-of-the-art features include 518 elegantly designed guest rooms and suites, a three-story clubhouse, meeting facilities, 12 world-class restaurants, a fully-equipped sports and recreation center, Hainan's only aquatic theme park, therapeutic volcanic mineral springs, a spa oasis, and a shopping arcade.

Mission Hills Hainan's Blackstone Course hosted the first inaugural Mission Hills Star Trophy in October 2010, a ground-breaking celebrity pro-am golf tournament in Asia. It is also the home of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in November 2010. A magnificent addition to Hainan's tropical island paradise, Mission Hills Hainan, is poised to become the island's premier sanctuary, attracting visitors from around the globe.

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