|Address||1 Guanlan Lake Road, Haikou, Hainan|
|007 booking hotline||+852 2180 2963 or book-on-line|
|Number of holes||10 courses at present( 4 & 8 are par 3 course)|
|Designer||Schmidt-Curley Golf Design|
Following the massive success of the Shenzhen/Dongguan Mission Hills project, the group has built another giant golf/resort development in Haikou, as of May 2011, they have already completed 10 golf courses, the development is very conveniently located about 15 minutes from the airport & about 20 to 30 minutes from the city centre.
Unlike Shenzhen & Dongguan which are members’ club, Mission Hills Haikou’s main focus is for tourists & conference service.
Club Facilities & Service
The massive club house(1, 2, 3) and hotel(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) are connected through a walkway, similar to the Dounguan, both of them are elegantly decorated with lots of facilities from indoor swimming pool, different types of restaurants (CHinese, Japanese’s & western), spa, coffee shop, gym, proshop…you name it
Fairway & Green maintenance
Very nice, almost prefect — May 2011
Caddy Service & knowledge
Many of the caddies are either trained or brought over from Shenzhen base, however, my caddie was quite new and did not know the course too well but she won my heart being very attentive & hard working.
The Blackstone is the signature course to showcase Mission Hills at Haikou and just held the Star Trophy Tournament in Oct 2010, all the golf courses are built on a bed of ancient lava rock & you can clearly see that the architect took full advantage of the lava rock & incorporate it into a prominent part of the design. I have been told that the Blackstone is the hardest of the 10 but when I played the course, I found most fairways are fairly generous & little to no rough area, the hard bits are the approaches which are tighter and with big bunkers guarding the fairways to catch your wayward shots, in particular the signature 6th. And from the blue tee, it measures 6,722 yards – long side from for weekend warriors .
Dogleg right, aim left of bunker for your tee shot. The entrance of the green seems very tight, infact, there is some more room on right behind trees.
Dogleg right, fairway stretching upslope after tee shot.
Dogleg right, blind approaching shot will appears if you aim too right for your tee shot.
Dogleg right, long Par 4, not only length matter, green is surrounded by bunkers.
Short Par 3, 2 tiers green.
This is Index 1, “S” shape fairway plus upslope plus numerous bunkers.
Short and dogleg left Par 4, tee shot too much left will be blocked by trees for approaching to the elevated green.
Mid range Par 3.
Long, doglegleft Par 4, elevated green.
Sharp turn dogleg right, the long and tight green lies horizontally with bunkers in front and back.
Long Par 3 with scary giantic bunker on left.
Short Par 5 dogleg left. Bomber chance to 2 on. The lefter your teeshot, the shorter your approaching distance.
Dogleg left long distance Par 5, approaching upslope shot.
Dogleg right. Approaching is not easy. The green surrounded by bunkers.
Mid range. The bunkers are quite scarely.
Dogleg right, short Par 4, chance to shave some strokes.
Dogleg right. Need to clear water twice.
Dogleg right short Par 5, downslope tee shot, water and bunkers appears on the right of green.
Signature hole of Blackstone – the 6th!
Mission Hills Haikou has no doubt become the landmark for Hainan & has set a new & very high standard for all golf course development to follow, the design & maintenance of the NO.1 was excellent, the hotel(1, 2, 3, 4) next to the club house was very nice too, however, some of the staff are inexperience & need more training as I spent a lot of time waiting for the reception to check in & out.
This is a massive development with lots & lots of nice resort facilities. I really admire the owners’ vision & courage to invest so much money into an island depending so much on tourist industry, I think it is worth our time & few thousands just to give it a try, right?