Considered to be one of the more traditional styles of design at Mission Hills Hainan, Meadow Links is similar in style to that of the US Open courses found on the east coast.
The use of native grasses and the care not to require too much earth moving in the construction phase has created a beautiful, gently undulating golf course that is easy on the eye and your game.
Measuring just 6673 yards the Meadow course is not anywhere near as long as the other courses at Mission Hills and it is a welcome sight.
Short it maybe, but challenging it still is.
Being more open than the other designs, play is more affected by wind hence the name.
Sitting, squeezed between the Stone Quarry and Lava Fields courses, the layout as a complete course is superb, however it appears the course was forgotten in favour of the bigger siblings. It seems a little less loved, but that only detracts slightly from what is a very good course, that could so easily become even better.
The course is consistent in design which for some will make it more desirable than other courses at Mission Hills.
The large bunkers are pristinely shaped and provide the perfect frame for the rolling fairways.
It is the par threes, which Curley is getting a reputation for, that are the real stand out holes on Meadow Links, not a single hole is weak.
Instead the holes are, in general forgiving and this will be a big positive for many golfers, especially if they have already played the “big” courses at mission Hills, Hainan. It will come as a welcome relief to be able to reach greens in regulation and have a chance of making some pars.
The 5th, with a staggered bunker design is pleasing both on the eye and the club, coming in at around 140 yards.
The longer 13th is another memorable and tricky par three, over 200 yards in length accuracy is the key to finding this Redan shaped green.
It is shots like, the long carry over the lava to the 4th green and the 16th hole, split by Church pew bunkers and offering a variety of shot options that really make Meadow Links a real pleasure to play.
Hole 9, sits at an angle to the tee and with the bunkers that sit across the hole it plays more difficult than it looks.
To close a risk and reward hole, played along the lava wall is a great way to finish what should be a highly enjoyable and all round memorable visit to the more traditional golf course of Meadow Links.