Golfing Legend Reflects On Experience At China’s Top International Golf Course, Located Near Shenzhen
We have written before on China’s expansive Mission Hills Golf Club, the world’s largest, and its strong push to attract international players and organizations. Between November 26-29 of this year, the club will welcome one of golf’s greatest events, the Omega World Cup, for the third year in a row. In preparation for this massive tournament, Greg Norman took a trip to Mission Hills to get a sense of the course itself as well as golf’s prospects in China — where it has rapidly gained popularity throughout the country, and looks to continue to do so as high-profile golfing events in China continue to multiply.
Today, golf news site World Golf discusses Norman’s trip to China, his thoughts on the future of golf, and his impressions of Mission Hills. Norman points out his astonishment in seeing that “the development of golf in China has been phenomenal”:
The Omega Mission Hills World Cup will be played for the third straight year on the club’s renowned Olazabal Course, November 26-29. Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy and Y.E. Yang are among the stars scheduled to participate in the event’s 55th edition. Featuring 28 two-man teams from nations around the globe, the World Cup is golf’s closest approximation to the Olympic Games.
“We anticipate yet another memorable World Cup,” says Tenniel Chu, Executive Director, Mission Hills Golf Club. “With golf’s rapidly expanding global profile, we’re proud to host an event with such deep international roots.”
Mission Hills’ sponsorship of the World Cup is just one of the many initiatives it champions to grow golf in China. It is the only club in the world to sponsor a complete series of tournaments to test gifted players at every level of competition. The club’s involvement with premier junior tournaments, like the Faldo Series Asia and Mission Hills Jack Nicklaus Junior Championship, and the inaugural Asian Amateur Championship, shows how serious it is about developing the first generation of top-notch golf talent from the Middle Kingdom.
“I have been coming here for a short period of time in my business career, but for me to see the development of golf in China has been phenomenal,” adds Norman.
“I think it is great that from a global aspect China is at the forefront; they are leaders of the pack in the growth and development of the game,” he states. “I think it will stay that way for many, many years to come.”