Golf News for Friday, February 22, 2013 | Courses

Schmidt-Curley Design opens China's White Stone Hot Spring Golf Club

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Schmidt-Curley Design - one of golf's most active and innovative design firms - announces White Stone Hot Spring Golf Club on China's tropical Hainan Island has opened for play.

Located just north of Sanya, the layout boasts bold, sprawling bunkers that flank fairways deftly routed through the rolling landscape. Eight holes dramatically hug the Changling Reservoir's shoreline, providing several visually striking risk-reward opportunities throughout the round. The par 72 measures 7,011 yards from the back tees.

"White Stone Hot Springs is our 14th course to open on Hainan Island since 2009," says Brian Curley, GOLF Magazine's 2011 "Architect of the Year" and Asian Golf Monthly's "Best Architect" for the past two years with partner Lee Schmidt. "Firm hallmarks like wide playing corridors, strong angles of approach, strategic bunkering and maintenance-friendly design are on full display and sure to please players and owners alike. The layout is very user-friendly and its setting among lush, tropical vegetation creates a botanical oasis for island golfers."

Nearly 40 Schmidt-Curley-designed courses have opened in China over the last decade. Many have hosted professional tournaments, including Mission Hills Haikou's Blackstone Course (2011 World Cup of Golf) and Vintage Course (2012 World Ladies Championship); Tianjin Binhai Lake's Pete Dye Course (2012 Volvo China Open); and Mission Hills Dongguan's Olazabal Course (2007, 2008 and 2009 World Cup of Golf and November 2012's WGC-HSBC Champions).

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, the firm has two fully-staffed China offices (in Haikou and Kunming) to promote quicker mobilization, lower travel costs and other valuable advantages over competitors.

For more information: www.schmidt-curley.com, http://twitter.com/SchmidtCurley, http://www.facebook.com/SchmidtCurley, 480.483.1994.

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About Schmidt-Curley Design
Founded in 1997 by partners Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley, Schmidt-Curley Design (www.schmidt-curley.com) is a full-service, international golf course architecture and master-planning firm. The tandem - leading fully-staffed offices in the USA (Scottsdale, Arizona) and China (Haikou, Hainan Island and Kunming) - has been named GOLF Magazine's "Architect of the Year" and Asian Golf Monthly's "Best Golf Course Architects."

Schmidt-Curley has designed more than 150 layouts in 25 countries. High-profile credits include 10 of the 12 courses at storied Mission Hills Shenzhen - the "World's Largest Golf Club" - and all 10 at Mission Hills' new Hainan Island resort. Mission Hills Hainan's Lava Fields Course is the only Chinese design ranked among Golf World's "Top 100," and was named GOLF Magazine's "Best New International Course" of 2011.

Other award-winning results include Mission Hills Hainan's Blackstone Course; Thailand's Siam C.C. and Amata Spring G.C.; Southern Dunes G.C. (Arizona, USA); The Wilderness Club (Montana, USA) and French Lick Resort's Donald Ross Course (Indiana, USA). The recently unveiled 54-hole Stone Forest International C.C. near Kunming is also garnering global acclaim.

Schmidt-Curley has worked extensively with golf's biggest names - including Pete Dye, Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus and Fred Couples on numerous noteworthy projects - and boasts five ASGCA members (Schmidt, Curley, Grant Haserot, Andy Raugust and Shane Witcombe).

Producing demanding yet beautiful and enjoyable courses, Schmidt-Curley strives to create golf experiences that stir the senses and elevate golfers' appreciations for the land and the game. By balancing classic golf course architecture with ever-changing contemporary technology, Schmidt-Curley places an emphasis on site-adaptive courses, memorable and satisfying for all levels of play and always designed for cost-efficient maintenance and operations.

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