Golf News for Friday, December 17, 2010 | Courses

Acclaim for Blackstone golf course at China's Mission Hills - Hainan

HAIKOU, China -- Mission Hills Group -- impetus for China's golf boom and owner and operator of the world's two largest golf properties -- announces the accolades continue for its Blackstone Course at Mission Hills ▪ Hainan, host of the recent Mission Hills Star Trophy celebrity pro-am.

GOLF Magazine's January issue names the par-73, 7,808-yard layout 2010's "Best New" Asian design. This marked the first time courses in the Pacific Rim were ranked on the annual list, evidencing golf's continuing shift of power to the East.

Designed by 25-year industry veteran Brian Curley, Blackstone is a 350-acre core golf course set on a dense bed of lava rock. It weaves through a striking landscape of mature trees; thick, jungle vegetation; and expansive lakes and wetlands. Wild, irregular bunker edges and transitional sand areas harmoniously converge with volcanic outcroppings framing many holes. Featuring no rough, the hard-line edges associated with most golf courses are non-existent.

The Blackstone recently welcomed Hollywood stars like Catherine Zeta-Jones, Matthew McConaughey, Christian Slater and Hugh Grant for Asia's first international celebrity pro-am golf tournament, the Mission Hills Star Trophy.

"It's a beautiful track, says McConaughey. "Long, manicured, none of the holes were tricky, every hole was playable, and the greens were beautiful."

Adds Zeta-Jones: "You really have to see Mission Hills to believe it. With the facilities, if you're a golfer, this is heaven."

Located on tropical 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 skillfully routed through the striking volcanic landscape, 518 tastefully-appointed guest rooms and suites, 12 world-class restaurants, Hainan's only aquatic theme park, therapeutic natural mineral springs, a spa oasis and more.

A seven-day, six-night package is now available. It costs US$2,150 (RMB 13,988) per person and includes:

• Unlimited rounds of 18-hole golf (green, cart, locker and caddie fees included)
• Six nights accommodations (Deluxe Room and breakfast included)
• Mission Hills Spa voucher (US$120 value)
• Food and beverage discount voucher (US$150 value)

An upgrade to a Grande Deluxe Room is available for US$45 (RMB 300) / room / night.

"We invite you to experience our gleaming new retreat, Mission Hills ▪ Hainan," says Tenniel Chu, Executive Director, Mission Hills Group. "It is an ideal place to relax, rejuvenate and play unlimited world-class golf during the trip of a lifetime."

Prices are based on double occupancy and current exchange rates are for reference only. All prices are based on RMB and only RMB is accepted in payment. Other terms and conditions may apply. The package is available through December 31, 2011.

For more information, email hotelmarketing@missionhillschina.com; call (86 755) 2802 0888 x 33333; or visit www.missionhillschina.com.

About Mission Hills Group
The Mission Hills Group, owner and operator of Mission Hills - Shenzhen and Mission Hills - Hainan, is the pioneer in China'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 two superb leisure and wellness resorts. It has held 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.

Mission Hills - Shenzhen
Stretching across the lush, rolling hills of southern China, Mission Hills - Shenzhen is the country's premier golf club, and also the "World's Largest Golf Club" as accredited by the 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 instructor Cindy Reid), Asia's largest tennis facility with 51 tennis courts and professional tennis academy, and numerous fine dining establishments serving cuisine from around the world.

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 incorporating native lava rock formations. Other state-of-the-art features include 518 elegantly designed guest rooms and suites, a three-story clubhouse, China's first Hank Haney Golf Academy, 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 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 home to the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in November 2011. 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.

Getting There: Mission Hills ▪ Hainan is 15 minutes from Haikou Meilan International Airport (HAK). Flights from major cities throughout Asia -- including Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore -- are available on Air China (Star Alliance member), Asiana (Star Alliance member), China Eastern Airlines (SkyTeam Alliance member), China Southern Airlines (SkyTeam Alliance member), Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, KLM, Shanghai Airlines (Star Alliance member) and more.

For more information about Mission Hills, visit www.missionhillschina.com, email info@missionhillschina.com, or call (852) 2122 1616 (Hong Kong) -- (86 755) 2802 0888 (Shenzhen) -- (86 769) 8728 8888 (Dongguan) -- (86 898) 6868 3888 (Hainan).

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