The Mission Hills Golf Club is located in Shenzhen in China about 45 minutes to the west of Hong Kong. The resort and residential development was founded with the opening of the Jack Nicklaus-designed World Cup Course and is now home to a world-record 12 layouts. With the exception of the Norman and Nicklaus courses, the other ten were designed by the Arizona-based firm of Schmidt and Curley with a celebrity golf identity attached and labeled as 'designer' to each track. This is mass-produced signature design on a huge scale, and not surprisingly the golf is very ordinary.
The Els Course is one of the better efforts here, the golf good without being outstanding. The huge plunging par five 4th does stand out despite its drive being a bit gimmicky, the rest of the hole is fine and bends to the left and follows a creek. Through the middle of the round the golf gets a little up and back, with some serious shaping used to separate the fairways. Greens seem a little overdone, but generally this is an inoffensive course that most visitors to Mission Hills will likely enjoy.