- US Open Champion Embarks on First Course Design with Fellow Countryman Ahead of October Exhibition Match
SHENZHEN, China, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mission Hills China today announced that two of the most popular players on the international circuit will be lending their insight and experience to create a dedicated Match Play course at Mission Hills this summer.
US Open Winner Justin Rose and long-standing friend and fellow competitor Ian Poulter will celebrate the opening of the re-designed Rose-Poulter course with an exhibition game of Match Play to be held on 28 October 2013 at Mission Hills in the Pearl River region of southern China.
The course redesign will be undertaken by Brian Curley from the highly acclaimed Schmidt and Curley design team.
Speaking about the collaboration, World No.3 Rose said, "I'm delighted to be involved in this project and am very much looking forward to working with Ian and Brian Curley to create a really exciting course that lends itself to Match Play format."
Fellow Englishman Poulter, who claimed victory at last year's WGC HSBC Champions at Mission Hills Dongguan added, "It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Match Play so was more than happy to be involved in the project."
The emphasis of the remodel will be to make use of the fantastic bones associated with the current layout, its tree lined corridors and majestic views. The course will see the introduction of some stunning visuals that incorporate more rugged bunkering and native grass and transitional edges that will seamlessly blend into the outer boundaries.
Speaking about the new design, Curley said, "We're placing a real focus on creating a renewed strategy that incorporates a number of risk-reward opportunities. While there will remain a strong emphasis on playability and width, we envision a more punishing course that is ultimately more interesting and demanding, yet a fun playing experience."
Other enhancements include more bunkering along the centerlines of play and greensites will see an introduction of additional features to both punish and reward. The tee surfaces will be expanded significantly, resulting in long ribbons of tight mow rather than individual tees, thus creating many more options for hole length including the opportunity to have many drivable par 4's and reachable par 5's.
For media enquiries, please contact:
Ms. Sundi Shi
Mission Hills China
Telephone: (86 755) 2802 0888 Ext. 36022
SOURCE Mission Hills China