The first thing you have to realise about Mission Hills is that they don't need guests. The main concern is to sell memberships and property to the well-off locals. They seem to be successful in the selling of memberships as there are very few free start times for guests.
As a hotel guest in MH Dongguan, everything about the hotel is good enough, bars are ok, restaurants are not bad, rooms are well enough equiped, spa is good, but the swimming pool is a good 5 minutes walk away from the hotel in a different property. Breakfast is also served in the Golf club - 8 minutes walk away from the hotel - good luck trying to find the breakfast room on the first morning. Don't expect to see many people - very few guests.
Now for the Golf!!!!!
The good - 5 courses played (all from black tees). Annika - good, Leadbetter - Very Good, Nicklaus - Very Good, Norman - Great course - especially for players with low handicaps. Faldo course is awesome - brilliant layout - playable for all golfers - screws with your head and will wear you out mentally every time - a must to play.
Note to MH - please ask the caddies to rake the bunkers and not just throw the rakes at the sand. One bad lie in a bunker can really spoil a round, but 4 bad lies from 4 bunkers is just frustrating.
Try to book a start time not previously arranged - impossible. No start times - all reserved for members. We reserved a time the following day, only to have a note passed into the room at 9pm telling us we cannot play golf due to no start times - even though we booked. Luckily another course had 'A' start time, but why did no-one tell us that.
When checking in for your start time you have to pay a deposit covering your round + RMB 500 for any drinks out on the course. This would be ok if anyone could explain this to the golfers prior to paying. Staff gave lots of smiles, but no information. Frustrating. After round credit card refunded in full, then charged for the round and drinks. Crazy system, but trust me - THEY DON'T CARE.
Now lets go find our golf bags. Initially chaotic and unorganised - no bags. After the first day when our bags were numbered, went like clockwork, but too late - worried every day about where our clubs were.
So fight with golf reception, get a caddie, sit in a buggy, wait for permision to drive to the 1st tee - welcome to production line golf. You also have to sign a form promising to be a good boy and keep up with the speed of play.
Caddies have little command of English, but are helpful to your average golfer on clubbing and putt lines. I tested all my (golden) caddies and constantly got wrong distances. One exception was Zhang #11010 who gave me good distances most of the time, but admitted when she didn't know.
Summary - I would go back to play golf, but would not look forward to navigating through the entire golf check in system. Also very expensive. (St Andrews Old Course is cheaper to play!!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled within the National 5A-level Tourist Attraction and surrounded by 12 world-class championship golf courses designed by the greatest golfers and legends, Mission Hills Resort Shenzhen offers an alluring combination of 5-star luxury accommodation plus some of Asia’s finest sporting, spa and leisure facilities. Free Wi-Fi and parking are provided.Mission Hills Resort Shenzhen is reachable from the city centers of Shenzhen and Dongguan within 30 minutes and from Central in Hong Kong within 1.5 hours. Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport is only a 30-minute drive away. The sister, Mission Hills Resort Dongguan is also just a 15 minutes shuttle-bus ride away. Set among the lush landscapes and rolling hills, the resort offers panoramic views of golf course and natural greenery. Elegant and spacious, all rooms feature interactive HD TV system with cable and pay-per-view programs, minibar and iPod docking station for your entertainment. Special inter-connecting rooms as well as children themed rooms are also available - ideal for families and friends alike.Guests have access to 2 outdoor swimming pools with a fun-filled obstacle water park, a fully-equipped gym and a state-of-the-art spa and wellness center for your leisure and relaxation. The resort also offers 13 multi-functional venues to meet your business, event and wedding banquet needs. A country club within the resort offers even more activities and leisure facilities including a 51 tennis courts and an ecology tour/trail. The resort also features a great variety of dining experiences offering some of the finest culinary selections from around the world. Guests can discover the savory tastes of local Cantonese cuisine, or indulge in a variety of eastern and western cooking traditions at 4 different dining options, including Cinnabar, Imperial Court, Mountain Café, and Shiki Japanese Restaurant.What's more, a 500,000sqm retail-tainment shopping mall (Q4 2014) is also within the resort - surely an unmissable shopping experience for all. ... more less
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