Mission Hills Golf Club
Mission Hills Golf Club
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina64,825 contributions
Nov 2019
Holds the Guiness World Record as the world's largest golf resort. Challenging place to golf. It offers 11 championship courses and one par-3 course.
Written March 14, 2020
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Craig D
Queensland, Australia411 contributions
Mar 2014 • Couples
We just completed 3 days staying at the Mission Hills Dongguan Resort and playing three rounds of golf on the Annika, Norman and Olazabal courses. Let me start with the Resort and clubhouse facilities. The resort overlooks the 18th hole of the Olazabal course, which is a Par 4 hugging a large lake. The Resort is set in this Valley surrounded by lush green hills. The hotel itself is very modern, palatial and fresh. Everything about the resort and golf facilities is over sized. The lobby and cafe area are enormous with very high ceilings, covered in marble. The hotel room, which in our case overlooked the 18th hole, is very large and stylish and modern with a huge balcony that allows you to take in this breath taking vista. All of the usual amenities are available in a 5 star context. The service at the hotel is at a very high level and you only had to blink to have someone doing something for you. The rooms were maintained impeccably clean. The only thing to bare in mind is that this is China and language skills are a bit sparse, so you need to be a little patient and very specific with your communications. The hotel has an enormous gym which is loaded with Life Fitness equipment. The golf clubhouse is an integral part of the hotel and connected by walkways. All of the golfing activities are contained within this enormous multi level clubhouse. As I said, everything is oversized to the point of having enormous amounts wasted space, but that is not a negative, just an observation. Contained within the clubhouse is all the golf registration activities, shopping, pro shop and several restaurants, including the World Cafe which is where breakfast is served. That is a little unusual, as you would normally expect such a restaurant within the hotel proper, but not a big deal. There is a very local orientated Chinese restaurant, as well as Japanese and Korean restaurants, geared to the golfing visitors from those countries.

Now the golf itself. This is a golfing experience not to be missed. There are some ten courses in the Mission Hills area, spread among three complexes. At the Dongguan complex, the Annika, Norman and Olazabal courses are based. This makes it very easy, as you only need to walk from the hotel to the clubhouse and if you brought your own golf clubs, like we did, they are transferred by the hotel concierge in time for your golf rounds.

We first played the Annika Course. This is a beautiful course, slightly unique as it has 6 par 3's, 6 par 4's and 6 par 5's. The layout is amazingly picturesque and is carved out of the foot hills, so there are lots of elevation changes. All the courses in Mission Hills are in amazing condition and all the more surprising, given it was is the end of winter. I would love to see the condition in summer. The Annika Course is supposedly one of the easier courses, but it is not that easy and you need to be precise with your tee shots on some holes. If you are off the fairway, the rough is very thick and balls are easily farewelled. So bring plenty of balls. The bunkers are impeccable, except that they put too much sand on the faces of the bunker and the ball gets plugged in the face. The greens are very slow, so this takes a little getting use to. These last two comments apply to all three courses I played.

Next we played the Norman course. This is 50% harder than the Annika course. But a fantastic course. It is hard to believe the imagination required to dream up a layout that Greg Norman has created in Mission Hills. I have not been to Augusta, but the precise tee shots required, the challenging approaches, blind tee shots and run offs around the greens seem familiar. The bunkers are everywhere. They are huge and deep. Most of the holes require a long carry to reach the fairway or green (in the case of the par 3's). So if you are a high handicapper, you might find the course a bit challenging. The condition of the course and the greens was amazing. I really enjoyed the round on the Norman course and will be back to play it again for sure.

Finally, we played the Olazabal course. Of the three courses, it is probably the most picturesque and there has to be an Augusta influence on many of the holes. It just has that same look and feel. If you thought the Norman Course had a lot of bunkers, we wait until you play the Olazabal course. There are bunkers lining just about every hole. But they really add to the character of the course. There are lots of elevation changes throughout. It is a magnificent course and although I really enjoyed the challenge of the Norman course, the Olazabal course is probably my favourite because it is just so ascetically enjoyable to play. It is certainly not an easy course. There are many very strong par 4's. The 15th hole is the signature hole and it has to be seen to be believed. A par 5 where you need three strong and accurate shots to reach the green, crossing the water hazard/ravine on two occasions. The 18th hole is another very strong hole, needing a long drive avoiding the water on the left and then an accurate long approach to a green that has water most of the way around.

One thing to note, is that golf carts are prohibited from entering the fairways, so it is always carts on path golf, meaning that you do a lot more walking than you might expect. I did not find this an issue, as you could chose to ride in the golf buggy or walk between your shots which was quite enjoyable. The courses are by no means flat, so you need some degree of physical fitness.

A word about the caddies, they are probably some of the most knowledgeable caddies I have ever played with. They really know the course and engage with you during the round. They can't do enough for you and really go the extra mile. The three of us who played all three days had the same caddies throughout, which was terrific. They quickly got to know your game and were spot on with club recommendations and reading the tricky greens. They have two types of caddies. The regular caddies and the golden caddies, who are more experienced. I would recommend the Golden caddie for the sake of a few extra RMB.

Lastly, I would like to mention the company that organised the golf in Mission Hills. The company is called China Golf Experience based out of Australia. The person I dealt with was Kevin Davidson. They were a delight to do business with and made the experience simple to organise. They provided all the instructions associated with getting a China Visa. Their recommendations were perfect, the communications very professional, with clear instructions on what to expect in Mission Hills. Kevin himself was on hand in Hong Kong to greet us when we arrived and arrange the car transfer to Mission Hills. The driver Kenny spoke perfect English, was very experienced and clearly knew the ropes. And the cost was very reasonable. So if you are thinking of a Mission Hills golf trip, I would highly recommend China Golf Experience.
Written March 13, 2014
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peter g
sittingbourne43 contributions
what a magical experience for my first time on a china golf complex. being met on the hong kong border and transported to the hotel with minimal fuss.on arriving at the hotel my clubs were taken from me and all i had to do was check in. mission hills hotel is a joy to behold, clean , tidy, efficient staff and always helpful. the room was in the middle price range but had 2 queen size beds and all the normal accompanyments.After a great nights sleep my first day to the DUVAL course. i was met outside the hotel and taken by buggy to the start. My clubs already waiting for me with my caddy for the day, i dont remember her name but throughout the round she kept me entertained and her knowledge of the course was first class, so much so i asked for her to be my caddy the next day on the FALDO course but i was told it was not possible as the caddies are specialised in their courses. The duval course i found not too difficult and carded a very respectable score, thanks mainly to my caddy i think.
back to the hotel and a lovely meal , very unpretentious, in the restaurant. I asked then for the possibility of going into the city and 30 minutes later the hotel taxi was there waiting for me. as a single traveller i was apprehensive at what the locals might make of me but i have to say everybody was polite and i had no problems in the city at all.After a couple of hours sightseeing and generally chilling i phoned the hotel and the taxi came and picked me up.
After another good nights sleep i looked forward to my game on the NICK FALDO course. I met my caddie , and again she was very professional, not as much fun as the previous day but i had no complaints as her knowledge of the course was exceptional. but this is where it started to go wrong, after yesterdays good score the course was a lot more difficult and demanding.Water Water everywhere, take lots of balls with you. A truly great course and definately one for the 18 handicap and under. my claim to fame was to birdie the feature hole on this course, a par 3 surrounded with water . The next hole was a par 5 with a lake running the entire length on the right, 5 balls later i reached the green, it did not end there, the next hole was a par 4 with the same lake running the entire length on the right again. 3 balls later i reached the green. the final 6 holes on this course are some of the most demanding in the world. i have played on courses used for many championships and i would definately rate this amongst the best.
My message to anybody going to mission hills is to let the staff do everything for you and just relax , have fun and play golf. It is a magical experience and one i am planning to do again
Written February 9, 2008
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Elysian Fields
Scotland276 contributions
Sep 2012 • Business
Typical of China they've built a massive golf city. Many visitors have provided positive reviews of mission hills. My review is less so. There is very little here in the way of traditional etiquette and ambience of golf. Big is certainly not more. The air pollution meant my throat burnt towards the end of the day. Found the clubhouse dining area impersonal and I have to say dirty in places. Our meal also took 40 mins to arrive. All in all unsatisfactory on many levels. Won't do it again no matter how bored I am in Shenzhen.
Written September 29, 2012
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KosBoy
Australia68 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
Mission Hills is simply a golfing mecca..... and golfing oasis sprawled over Dongguan / Shenzen. The golf courses were simply stunning in their layout and use of the natural landscape was simply perfect. Looked forward to getting out to the courses each day to find a new challenge. Greens were slow, but coming from Melbourne, where greens are fast, may have been part of the issue here.

Pros:
1. the golf courses (there a 12, including 2 architectural designed by Norman and Nicklaus) are a visual feast and each offer different challenges
2. staff a friendly and helpful (special mention to both Julia and Jin who were always on hand and ready to help)
3. rooms a spacious (I had a lakeside room which was very nice), large bedroom and bathroom
4. beds were large and comfortable (with choice of pillows)
5. air cond was sufficient and not noisy
6. complimentary bottled water each day
7. Starbucks on site
8. breakfast buffet was varied (lots of choice) and plentiful
9. Resort bars offer a good selection of drinks and bar food (albeit expensive)

Cons:
1. not much to do at night time and Mission Hills Resort is out of town (requires road transport, albeit a free shuttle is on offer)
2. WiFi was difficult to attain a consistent signal (the Resort needs to address this as it is annoying for a first class Resort)
3. Expensive bar prices for drinks and food
Written March 20, 2018
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Prof Uncle_Vin
Hong Kong, China399 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
I am ok with the course and the caddies. But he managment is hopeless. All they do is to excuses to penalise the caddies and fine them money. we have one diamond member played with a guest, as the member steps away to take care of personal call at 4th hole, the guest kept playing for the rest . After we played 18 holes, They said the guest must have left the course when the guest is absent but why couldn’t show us the written rule saying that. The front desk manager Yoyo zhou is also a joke, very bad attitude. Same as their so call director , basically a triad mafia type.
Written July 21, 2019
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BogeyMike
Newport Beach, CA35 contributions
Apr 2012 • Friends
Been an American, I get spoiled by great golf courses. So when I rate Mission Hills, I can’t help comparing it to Southern California courses.

This is a great resort. They have 12 courses and I played them all. They are all scenic and very challenging (compare to the Muni, ha ha). However, it can get pricy. If you are a guest, you can expect to pay more than $US300 on weekend by the time you are done with all the fees and tips. To me, that is pricy compares to Southern California. But I still plays two to three rounds every trip!

More details for those die hard golfers.
Green – fast, hard, and not as good as US. I think it is because the high usage and high traffic. Sometime it is sandy, and sometimes like putting on hard rock. For $300 a game, the green ought to be so nice you can sleep on it.
Fairway – some of the old courses have very good fairways, like Jumbo or World. But some new ones are just too hard, and the grass is not very smooth. Of course it does not help if you spent most of the time in the long grass. Too much long grass on Norman – cut it please! So I don’t have to spend 5 minutes looking for balls on every hole!
Scenery – when it comes to scenery, then the price is worth it. All the courses are in the mountain, and you will see lakes, ponds, creeks everywhere. Of course I lost a lot of balls there, but still love it. Just need to pack more golf balls.
Written May 7, 2012
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Lankylee
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia1,107 contributions
There are 3 clusters of courses with 5,2 and 4 full 18 hole courses all of which are of a very high standard. It is golf on a mass scale. Caddies are young and bright and have gone through a 1 year course. Usually, they are very good although you get the ocassional green one or one in a bad mood. Over the last several years, they have learnt how to maintain the courses in very good condition most of the time. It is not cheap but package deals are good value for what you get. The new club house is better including the hotel. Golfers will find no better in southern China overrall.
Written January 30, 2012
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alps365
Mumbai, India24 contributions
Nov 2018
My husband and I stayed at SHENZHEN MISSION HILLS which is more like a resort. For Happening things in golf one should stay at MISSION HILL DONGUUAN. Shenzhen is like a dead place very quiet.Golf courses are very good but the Biggest problem was language--PEOPLE dont understand ENGLISH..very very few understand english..its was very surprising as people from other countries do come to play. Vegetarian food is also a BIG PROBLEM in China
Written December 3, 2018
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Chris R
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
Played 8 rounds in 11 days. Favorite courses were the Olazabal,Norman and Osaki but the Sorenstam/Rose/Poulter night course was just as good an incredible experience. Also played the Faldo, Peter Dye,World Cup and Zhang Lei Wei courses. The speed of the greens was a lot slower than at home but after a few days we started to work them out.Caddies reading of the greens was pretty good and having them there made the rounds way more enjoyable. They do try and push you through your round a bit so be ready to play ready golf. Overall a wonderful 8 rounds of golf.
Written November 29, 2016
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