A roar of Olympic proportions was heard at Mission Hills China in celebration of Justin Rose’s thrilling gold-medal win at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The Englishman’s triumph in golf’s return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence, was made sweeter by the fact that the three top podium finishers, including silver medallist Henrik Stenson and bronze medallist Matt Kuchar, have all tasted victory at Mission Hills tournaments.
Mission Hills China has announced the opening of Mission Hills Centreville Haikou. The low-carbon-footprint urban complex covers a vast area of 240,000-square-meters with US$ 1.6 billion investments, incorporating hotels, offices, park, shopping, culture and art, set to become the trendiest lifestyle destination in Hainan.
The innovative World Ladies Championship is poised to cement its position as one of the game’s premier tournaments in 2016. As well as announcing a 33 per cent increase in the prize purse to US$800,000, organisers have confirmed other notable developments that will elevate the status of the event. For 2016, the championship will be sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour, the China LPGA Tour and now the Korean LPGA as well.
Korean golfers will be aiming to complete a decade-long period of dominance when Mission Hills Haikou plays host to the tenth anniversary edition of the Hyundai China Ladies Open next week. To be staged from December 11th-13th, the event carries a prize purse of US$550,000 and is sanctioned by the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association, the China Ladies Professional Golf Association and the China Golf Association.
New York Times bestselling author and future studies pioneer John Naisbitt and his wife Doris Naisbitt have visited Mission Hills for the Global Game Change Talks China Conference. The talks marked a milestone for Mission Hills, the world’s largest golf club and integrated leisure resort, as it strives to expand from hospitality and business development into the cultural entertainment and international education fields.
Mission Hills China has announced a joint partnership with Guangxi Investment Group and leading international theme park owner and operator, Village Roadshow, for the establishment of Wet’n’Wild Haikou. The development will be China’s first Wet’n’Wild water theme park.
Underscoring Mission Hills’ reputation as the pioneer and innovator in China’s golf and leisure industry, the Mission Hills Footgolf Championship Grand Final, a total of 36 two-man teams battled for honours on the resort’s famous Pete Dye Course at Mission Hills Mid Valley, Shenzhen. Putting their best foot forward, Zhang Yunlong and Hu Zhiqiang were crowned champions at the championship.
An ace performance from Australian Ian Penboss was not enough to prevent Mission Hills retaining its title in the third edition of the club’s annual Reciprocal Championship. Contested over the Stone Quarry Course and Vintage Course at Mission Hills Haikou, on the tropical island of Hainan, the two-day championship featured players representing clubs from Australia and Singapore.
China’s golfing future came into sharp focus at the third edition of the Mission Hills - St Andrews: Home to Home Scholarship Fundraising Championship. Underlining Mission Hills’ commitment to grow the game, the event was inaugurated in 2013 when St Andrews University was celebrating its 600th anniversary.
Annika Sorenstam’s drive to grow the game of golf gathered momentum at this week’s fifth Annika Invitational at Mission Hills. Sorenstam, who is considered one of the greatest females ever to play the game, mixed with the players at a variety of fun functions.