Mission Hills Golf Club – Norman Course
Course Data
Location Shenzhen, China
Yardage 6892 yards Par 72
Course Rating 73.6
Playing Date 21 Feb & 29 Aug 2006
Desingner Greg Norman & Bob Harrison
Opened 2004
Caddy Yes
Golf Cart Yes
Overall Rating
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Landscaping & Views
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The Norman course at the Mission Hills Golf Club is a magnificent hillside course that blends in beautifully with the surrounding environment. Despite having no ponds, lakes, or ocean holes, the course still offers true an aesthetic beauty and enjoyment. However, despite its beauty, the course itself can be very challenging. The rough can be very thick, thick enough to lose golf balls, bunkers are strategically placed throughout the course, and finally the greens are elevated and steam-bun typed. All of these factors will require players to make accurate shots and approaches. This course not only requires patience, but a lot of golf balls. Players should make sure to stock up before playing here. The holes between number ten to eighteen are very tough as the tight fairways tread though the ravines with various traps and hazards.

A view from 10th green

A view from 11h green

A view from 14th tee

1st Par 4 421 yards

1st Par 4 421 yards (2)

1st Par 4 421 yards (1)
The opening hole is a relatively straight par four. If players hit their tee shot ball into the roughs that guards both sides of the fairway, the second shot will be very tough. A rough on the right sector and a large bunker on the left surround the green. In addition, the green severely slopes from back to front, so an approach shot from behind the green will be extremely difficult.
4th Par 3 147 yards
The fourth hole is a short but challenging par three with an over-a-ravine tee shot. The deep green is guarded by a sharp drop-off on the right. In order to get the ball on the green, the player’s shot must be precise since the green due to the fact that the width is very narrow as it is only a little over 10 yards.

A vewi from 4th green

4th Par 3 147 yards (2)

4th Par 3 147 yards (1)
6th Par 3 212 yards

6th Par 3 212 yards (2)

6th Par 3 212 yards (1)
The sixth hole is a slightly downhill par three with a wonderful view from the teeing ground. The hole consists of several bunkers and a green that is double tiered and slops a little from back to front.
7th Par 5 566 yards
The seventh hole is a somewhat straight par five. Both the player’s tee and second shots will be downhill. However, on the third shot, players will be facing a gentle uphill. The bunker guarding the green is relatively deep so players must make sure to keep an eye out for it.

7th Par 5 566 yards (3)

7th Par 5 566 yards (2)

7th Par 5 566 yards (1)
9th Par 4 462 yards

9th Par 4 462 yards (2)

9th Par 4 462 yards (1)
A relatively straight and long par four that has a slightly uphill second shot. Both distance and accuracy are required in order to get the ball on the green.
12th Par 4 486 yards

12th Par 4 486 yardss ((2)
12th Par 4 486 yards (1)
A very long par four with a slight dogleg bend to the right. The tee shot must travel over the water and a carry of 220 yards is needed to reach the fairway. The second shot is gently uphill. There is a large bunker that protects the front side of the green. Players should try to avoid this bunker at all costs. Be aware that when the ball lays up on the second shot, the landing area is narrow. The green is small and elevated; therefore an accurate approach shot is needed. Unless players can drive 270-280 yards, it is difficult to reach the green in two shots.
13th Par 4 392 yards
A relatively short and straight par four that is on a slightly downhill slope. The landing area off the tee is tight. There are bunkers that guard both sides of the green. Since there is nothing that blocks the view behind the green, the green itself gives the impression that it’s floating like an aircraft-carrier.

13th Par 4 392 yards (3)

13th Par 4 392 yards (2)

13th Par 4 392 yards (1)
14th Par 5 644 yards

A very long par five that is designed in the shape of the letter “S”. The first dogleg is to the left with the second dogleg curving to the right. Distance and accuracy are required off the tee. On the second shot, players should aim towards the left half of the fairway. This will make the approach shot easier. Finally, the green is elevated and surrounded by bunkers so players should approach with caution.


14th Par 5 644 yards (3)

14th Par 5 644 yards (2)

14th Par 5 644 yards (1)
15th Par 4 368 yards

15th Par 4 368 yards (2)

15th Par 4 368 yards (1)
Another relatively straight par four. The extreme downhill tee shot will require accuracy since the landing area is quite narrow and consists of hazards on both sides. The approach shot will be slightly uphill and the three bunkers placed on the right side of the green is something to be cautious of.
17th Par 4 485 yards
A straight and very long par four with the slightly downhill second shot. Again, both accuracy and distance are needed on this hole. The green surface has subtle undulations, so putting is also challenging.

17th Par 4 485 yards(1)

17th Par 4 485 yards(1)

17th Par 4 485 yards(1)
18th Par 5 588 yards
A par five that consists of a dogleg to the right with the downhill tee shot. There are two separate creeks that cross the fairway; therefore precise shots are needed to ensure that your ball will reach the green.

18th Par 5 588 yards(3)

18th Par 5 588 yards(2)

18th Par 5 588 yards(1)
19th hole


10 designers' pictures

The course is one of five that were competed in Dungguan in 2003 and 2004. There is a hotel located next to the clubhouse. As for directions, it takes twenty minutes from Shenzen Mission Hills in Shenzhen by a shuttle bus. Furthermore, in order to play on the black tees, players will need to show a starter a handicap certificate of seven or below.




As of 2004, Mission Hills GC is the world’s biggest golf complex with 10 courses with a total of 180 holes overtaking the huge Pinehurst resort in North Carolina, which has eight 18-hole courses. The picture shows the 10 designers who are either world-famous players or teaching professional. The 10 courses are designed by Jack Nicklaus, Vijay Singh, Nick Faldo, Jumbo Ozaki, Ernie Els, Annika Sorenstam, Rose - Poulter, Jose Maria Olazabal, David Leadbetter and Greg Norman. In addition, two courses were added in 2007 (the Pete Dye Course and Zhang Lian Wei Couse) so now the club currently holds 12 courses with a total of 216 holes.

Other courses designed by Greg Norman in Asia are Nirwana Bali GC, Laguna Bintan GC, River Side GC, & Tering Bay G&CC in Indonesia, Thana City GC in Thailand, Danang GC & The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip GC in Vietnam, Splendido Taal GC in the Philippines, Kai Kou (Xiamen) GC in China, Shirasagi GC in Japan and Jade Palace GC in Korea.