Mission Hills Haikou: Top 100 Golf Resorts in the World
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Number of Rooms538
AmenitiesSpa/pools/fitness centers/movie theater/water theme park/12 restaurants/shopping center/natural mineral springs
Number of courses10
Course designersAll by Brian Curley
Leave it to the world’s most populous country to create a golf resort of such staggering scale. Like its Mission Hills counterpart near Hong Kong, this outsize escape, on balmy Hainan Island, is practically a city unto itself. Stretched across a vast, black-lava landscape, it is home to 10 courses whose names — Sandbelt Trails, Lava Fields, Stone Quarry, and on— speak to their distinctive traits. The property’s huge footprint also makes room for a metropolis-worth of non-golf amenities and diversions (rare is the golf resort that boasts a foot massage center within easy striking distance a billiard room), all anchored by 18-floor luxury hotel.
The Blackstone Course, the highest-rated of the property’s 10 layouts, is a dramatic lava-strewn layout that hosts World Ladies Championship and the World Celebrity Pro-Am.
The Walk of Fame, a 200-meter boulevard inspired by the Avenue of Stars in Hollywood, features the handprints and autographs for more than 200 international movie and TV stars.
The resort is also home to a massive government-sponsored soccer training facility, with 30 regulation-size fields.
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Best time to goNov-April
Best non-golf ammenityVolcanic Spring Valley, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest volcanic mineral springs.
Insider TipHainan Island has been called the ‘Hawaii of China’ for its tropical climate. Dress accordingly.