Mission Hills, Norman Course

Mission Hills Resort - Vijay Course

China, Guangdong, Shenzhen
4 (6)
Course Opened: 1999

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 Vijay Course is one of the better efforts here, though clearly Vijay Singh had virtually nothing at all to do with the design. Instead the chief architects are responsible, and their work is noted for features like deep step down bunkers that are flat and artistically shaped rather than strategic and water hazards with sprawling bunkers built alongside them. The greens seem to all have big steps, some are quite good but the continual use is overdone - the 15th, for instance, is crazy with such a steep right-to-left slope that a left pin is simple and a right pin almost impossible.

Aside from some routing problems around the 12th hole, this isn't a bad course though the lack of quality holes and repetitious design do spoil some of the enjoyment.


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