Chinese Golf Resorts, Nearly Nonexistent 10 Years Ago, Are Sprouting Up Throughout The Country
In China, the relatively new sport of golf has become the game of choice for businesspeople and sports aficionados across the country. While golf has long enjoyed strong popularity in neighboring Japan and Korea, where it has long been the leisure activity of the elite, golf has only made inroads in China since the late 1990s. Now, however, golf is booming in China, and the country boasts over 200 courses. Of these, several world-class courses have increasingly attracted enthusiasts from around the world — and the PGA — and none of these courses represents the quality of Chinese golf resorts more than Mission Hills Golf Club in Guangdong Province.
Straddling nearly 17 acres of land near Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Dongguan, Mission Hills is reportedly the world’s largest putting course — with 12 disparate courses and 216 holes — and was designed by American golf course design outfit Schmidt-Curley Design, who has remarked, “There is nothing on the planet that comes close to the course’s size, appearance or playing alternatives…The possibilities are limitless.” But as golf grows in popularity throughout the Mainland, and as more courses spring up to meet the demand of China’s maturing middle class, what will, in the end, set courses like Mission Hills apart from its hundreds of competitors. According to The Examiner, it’s all about the course’s staggering scale and unique localization and personalization efforts: