Schmidt-Curley announces opening of latest Chinese design


Schmidt-Curley Design, the master planner of Mission Hills Golf Club, has announced the opening of Dragon Valley, its second golf course design on China's Hainan Island.

Located in Sanya, the resort capital of China, Dragon Valley offers mountain backdrops and panoramic views of the island commonly referred to as 'China's Hawaii.' The par-72, 7,173-yard layout is carved out of volcanic hillsides and dotted with numerous natural lakes and streams. The back nine opened in November, and the front nine will be ready in February.

A true 'core' golf course, Dragon Valley has no residential properties located within its boundaries. Its greens are Seadwarf Paspalum and tees, fairways and roughs are Salam Paspalum.

At Mission Hills, Schmidt-Curley was the architect of record for 10 of 12 courses including the acclaimed Olazabal Course, annual host of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup. From 2002 to 2004, the firm oversaw construction of five Mission Hills golf courses that were completed in a 14-month span.