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 Ozaki Course at Mission Hills is not for those with an appreciation for great golf design, despite the issues its holes actually sit on some of the best land on the resorts main property with the course built among rolling hills covered in dense virgin forest scrub. The routing here isn't too bad, but the design is very ordinary. Most upsetting is the bunkering, which is nonsensical, ugly and poorly located. A bunkerless hole like the 11th is the pick here chiefly because every other hole is spoilt by bunker location and shaping. Whether it's a long par three with deep traps built right into the green front, or the use of cross bunkers through fairways that only impede short hitters and provide no challenge to good players, the hazard arrangement here is very basic and unappealing.
The Ozaki at Mission Hills is a bad course, best recommended at night when you can play under lights and perhaps with a drink or two.