Inside Golf Travel : Inside Golf June 2016
5 June 2016 | INSIDE GOLF TRAVEL MArvellous Mission hills R AW statistics never tell the full story, but in regard to Mission Hills Shenzhen, they illustrate an impressive achievement and some of the startling details include: • Mission Hills Shenzhen, which stretches over 20 sq km between Shenzhen and Dongguan is the world’s largest golf complex with 12 courses featuring a total of 216 holes as accredited by the Guinness World Records. • Its 12 signature 18-hole masterpiece courses are designed by golf ’s elite players from around the globe: Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Annika Sorenstam, Jose Maria Olazabal, Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Jumbo Ozaki , designer Pete Dye and coach David Leadbetter • And if you think that amount of courses is an oversupply, Mission Hills says there are 2000 rounds played each weekday and 3000 on Saturday and Sunday on the 12 layouts • There are 1200 bunkers and about 360km of electric golf cart paths • To cater for these masses and course maintenance there are about 12,000 staff including about 3000 caddies, all of whom are women, riding behind the surprising shenzhen SHENZHEN, directly north of Hong Kong, is China’s fastest-growing city in population and commercial activity and is world-leading in several capacities. In its short 36 year history it has recorded many achievements which include: • In 1980 when Shenzhen was declared China’s first Special Economic Zone its population was about 30,000. In 2015 it was more than 10 million • It not only has the world’s biggest golf complex at Mission Hills, it also has the world biggest book store (seven storeys), the biggest tennis centre in Asia and is the world’s largest and busiest commercial sea port • It has 270km of scenic coastline and has many beautiful beaches. A 35km shore-hugging “green highway” is for use only by pedestrians and cyclists • It has more than 100 museums and its Splendid China display -- a huge cultural theme park—boasts small versions of all of China’s famous landmarks The Great Wall etc and hosts many exciting and extravagant cultural shows • The average age in Shenzhen is below 30 with 97 per cent of the population aged under 59 • China Southern Airlines views it as the major tourism entry and exit point for China-Australian tourism golfers in about 4000 electric carts • Mission Hills offers fully lit night golf seven days a week (nine holes of the Els and Ozaki courses at Shenzhen and nine each of the Sorenstam and Rose- Poulter at Dongguan) as well as a double deck driving range and massive practice putting greens and short-game facilities • A stream of free shuttle buses ferry golfers to the courses from two massive clubhouses at Shenzhen and Dongguan • Andatthecentreofitallisahugefive- star hotel and spa and apartments with myriad cafes and restaurants offering all cuisines.
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