The Justin Rose – Ian Poulter course has been designed with Matchplay in mind, incentivising golfers to take more chances for greater reward. Set within a stunning valley of age old trees and thick jungle foliage, the course evokes a very natural feel with a significant amount of the bunker complexes transitioning into native vegetation, creating an integrated relationship with the outside vegetation and towering mountains. With shorter Par 4 distances, there are plenty of birdie opportunities – who knows – maybe even a chance for a hole in one!
David Leadbetter’s commitment to instruction is on full display at this golf course. The world-renowned instructor devised a layout meant to challenge and teach players without intimidating. Generous fairways, short Par 4s and drives from elevated tees are prevalent throughout. Yet it also features large, sand-flashed bunkers and undulating fairways that while wide, rarely yield a flush lie. The course requires each player to use every club in the bag at some point in the round, just as any top-notch instructor would demand.
Jose Maria Olazabal’s inaugural signature course is one of Mission Hill Golf Club’s strongest tests. Playing more than 7,300 yards for the Omega Mission Hills World Cup and boasting over 150 bunkers (including 24 on No. 15 alone!), the course reflects Olazabal’s reputation as a master with the sand wedge. Heavily bunkered, with an Australian Sand Belt flair, coupled with undulating fairways that make for some tricky lies, are two of the distinguishing features of this true Championship golf course.
Annika Sorenstam’s first design features spectacular views of the natural terrain and mountains which rise more than 300 meters above the golf course. The dramatic elevations change throughout the course providing several panoramic tee shots suspended high above spacious, yet heavily bunkered fairways that cut through densely forested valleys. Well-manicured tees and greens create a beautiful “botanical” feel.
Greg Norman built a reputation designing challenging golf courses shaped in the traditional stylings of the Australian Sand Belt. His offering at Mission Hills follows suit, as narrow fairways surrounded by long, native grasses and dense forest vegetation contribute to the layout’s reputation as one of the most challenging courses in Asia.
The Ozaki Course takes advantage of its dramatic terrain by playing largely through single corridors offering elevated tees and fairways flanked by naturally occurring slopes. Large areas of turf and wide fairways punctuated by strategic bunkering, contrast with tall slopes of native plants and trees. Dramatic long views into valley corridors often include serene lakes, and end at the course’s large challenging green complexes.