Design contest at Mission Hills


Design contest at Mission Hills
Sean Dudley

Wannabe golf architects are being offered the chance to design a hole on the newest course at the huge Mission Hills Hainan resort in China

The Mission Hills Fantasy Golf Hole Contest gives amateur architects the opportunity submit conceptual plans for their hole, which can be par three, four or five. Winning submissions will be constructed as part of the new Icon course at the resort, which already has ten courses.

Mission Hills says entries will be evaluated largely on creativity, and is encouraging participants to think outside the box, perhaps drawing inspiration from inanimate objects, animals or famous global landmarks. Designs should also accommodate playability, and construction feasibility. Mission Hills management, plus golf architects Schmidt-Curley, who have designed all ten of the resort’s courses, will lead the judging.

Entries must be submitted before the end of February 2011. As well as seeing their holes made real, winners plus three guests will receive four-day, three-night, all-expense-paid trips to Mission Hills Hainan. Winners will also be awarded with lifetime passes for the Icon course.

“Armchair architects must ingeniously channel their artistic impulses,” said architect Brian Curley. “Submit your dream hole or holes – wild and wacky preferred – and we'll build it for you.” Entry details are available via Mission Hills’s website.