Arguably England´s finest golfer, Sir Nick Faldo has become somewhat of a legendary golf course designer with many of his courses hosting tournament events around the globe The Faldo Course at Missions Hills Golf Club is absolutely no exception to Faldo´s ever expanding golf course design portfolio and his growing reputation as one of the big names in course design.
From the main clubhouse of the resort, The Shenzhen in Guanlan, the Faldo Course is 15 minutes away via a shuttle bus. So it is worth remembering this if you are looking to play here and factor in the extra time.
The Faldo course is not as long as some of the courses at the Mission Hills Golf Club, but that is overshadowed by the brilliance of the design. Designed primarily as a “stadium” course the use of natural amphitheatres gives the amateur golfer the chance to imagine the crowds of thousands surrounding the greens and tees.
For average and single figure golfers alike the user friendly design is a big plus, as you can see all of the dangers that lurk on each hole. A breath of fresh air from the modern design of trying to hide the trouble from view.
Faldo has created a course that is not only a joy to play but also a course that will reward you with a good score if you strike the ball well, although you will rack up big numbers if you are a little wayward of off your best game, but that is the beauty of this course.
There are a few holes that excite and get the adrenaline going. A couple of short par fours that are driveable but full of danger and the par 3 16th are the standout holes.
The Faldo Course, unlike many of Mission Hills courses has a feel of being more secluded and less “conveyor belt” design giving its distance from the epi centre of the resort and offers a change in atmosphere to the other courses.
As previously mentioned the short par fours are great risk and reward holes. The first of these is the 3rd and at only 324 yards from the championship tees a good drive will be rewarded with an almost certain birdie.
The most memorable hole on the golf course is definitely without consideration the par 3 16th.
At a length of 163 yards from the championship tees the hole is a crowd pleaser and nerve jangler. It offers a chance to play the first island green created in the region and has become synonymous with the Faldo Course. Played from a slightly elevated tee you are faced with a small island green, which is around 30 yards in diameter and is protected further by a small bunker. It is a classic hole which will remain long in the memory.
The course has rightly received international accreditation and is one of the best courses in Asia.