The Mission Hills Group – a driver of China’s golf boom and owner and operator of the world’s two largest golf properties — has unveiled the “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 competition is now open and has a closing date of 28 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.”
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.
The Blackstone Course hosted the first inaugural Mission Hills Star Trophy in October 2010, a ground-breaking celebrity pro-am golf tournament in Asia. It was also the home of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in November 2010.
Mission Hills Group www.missionhillschina.com
One of the club houses at Mission Hills, Shenzhen