Mission Hills Golf Club – Vijay Course
觀瀾湖高爾夫球會、維傑球場

Course Data
LocationShenzhen, Guandong Province, China
Yardage 6883 yards Par 72
Course Rating73.5
Playing Date27 Oct. 2004
Designer Vijay Singh, Schmidt & Curley
Opened1995
CaddyYes
Golf CartYes (Compulsory)
Rating
Overall Rating
4.05
Course Layout
5
Difficulty Level
4
Greens Condition
3
Fairways Condition
3
Landscaping & Views
4
 
The course is almost flat with very long fairway bunkers on several holes. The layout is excellent with water hazards moderately coming into play. The course also features steep slopes on the greens.

A view from clubhouse

A view from 3rd green

 
2nd Par 4 439 yards

2nd Par 4 439 yards (2)

2nd Par 4 439 yards (1)
A gentle dogleg to the left with a water hazard on the left side of the fairway. The second shot is over water protecting the front as well as the right of the green.
 
3rd Par 5 615 yards
A slight dogleg to the right par 5. The fairway is tight with a lake on the right. A huge bunker protecting the right side of the triple-tiered green is very deep and should be avoided. To save par you need to hit all 3 shots long and accurately.
 

3rd Par 5 615 yards (3)

3rd Par 5 615 yards (2)

3rd Par 5 615 yards (1)
 
8th Par 3 199 yards

8th green

8th Par 3 199 yards
The front of the green faces water, so you had better hit long rather than short when the pin placement is on the front. The double-tiered green slopes a lot.
 
9th Par 4 430 yards
There is OB on the right. The green is tucked away to the left and the second shot is over a deep bunker.
 

9th Par 4 430 yards (3)

9th Par 4 430 yards (2)

9th Par 4 430 yards (1)
 
10th Par 5 553 yards

10th Par 5 553 yards (2)

10th Par 5 553 yards (1)
A par 5 turning like a crescent with water on the left of the fairway. Bunkers guard the slightly elevated two-tiered green.

 
11th Par 5 539 yards
An excellent dogleg to the right par 5 with double fairways right & left. There is a lake on the right. You should avoid the deep and long bunker positioned from the right side of the fairway 150 yards from the green to the front of the green.
 

11th hole seen from the green

11th Par 5 539 yards (2)

11th Par 5 539 yards (1)
 
18th Par 4 440 yards
This hole is actually some 20 yards longer than the yardage because of the gently uphill hole, so you must drive long. Bunkers on both sides of the green are in play. The hotel behind the green makes this hole superb.
 

18th green

18th Par 4 440 yards (2)

18th Par 4 440 yards (1)
 
19th hole

It takes one and half hours from Hong Kong by a club car. The car is better and more comfortable than a bus because you can shorten the travel time through immigration.

I played with a single-handicap member from the black tees or tournament tees, which should be possible to play on weekdays. It seems that playing from the black tees is not allowed on Saturdays and Sundays. The black tees actually had no tees on the grounds, so we played from the sides of the yardage makers. Playing from the black tees, it is a very demanding and difficult course. When advanced players play from the blue tees of 6100 yards, 900 yards shorter, they are not only misled into thinking that the course is easy but also tend to become bored because the hazards in proper positions such as bunkers or lakes don’t come into play. There are yellow tees between black and blues tees, so the medium & advanced players understand the course better if they use at least the yellow tees.

This club immediately became famous because the World Cup was held at the World Cup Course in 1995. The Dynasty Cup, a Ryder Cup-style shootout between Asia and Japan, was also held at the World Cup Course in 2004.

The adjacent hotel was very comfortable and its Chinese restaurant was very testy.



Hotel

Hotel

Restaurant

 

10 designers' pictures

Mission Hills GC is the world’s biggest golf complex with 10 courses or 180 holes as of 2004, overtaking the huge Pinehurst resort in North Carolina, which has eight 18-hole courses. The picture shows the 10 designers who are all world-famous players or a teaching pro. The 10 courses are designed by Jack Nicklaus, Vijay Singh, Nick Faldo, Jumbo Ozaki, Ernie Els, Annika Sorenstam, Rose & Poulter, Jose Maria Olazabal, David Leadbetter and Greg Norman. The two couses were added in 2007, Pete Dye Course and Zhang Lian Wei Couse (Par 3s course), so the club currently holds 12 curses or 207 holes.

Co-designers, Lee Schmidt & Brian Curley are the principal architects behind the 8 of the 10 courses. They designed the other courses in Asia, Muang Kaew GC (remodeled), Chiang Mai Highlands G&SR, Amata Spring CC in Thailand, Grande Hamanako GC in Japan and Agile (雅居楽長江) G&CC - B Course in China.

Their joint designs with Jack Nicklaus in Asia are Spring City (春城) G&LR - Mountain Course, Chung Shan Hot Spring (中山温泉) GC - Jack Nicklaus Course in China, Ishioka GC, Rokkou Kokusai GC (remodeled), The Tradition GC, President GC, Sanyo GC (remodeled), New Capital GG, Sun Belgravia GC, Bear Paws Japan GC in Japan, Sungai Long CC in Malaysia, and Springfield Royal CC in Thailand.