WORLD GOLF EXPO 2020 LAUNCHED!
Asia’s biggest golf initiative has been launched – the Inaugural World Golf Expo 2020 will be staged in the exciting city of Haikou, Hainan. The announcement was made at the culmination of the 2019 Asia Pacific Golf Summit in India. APGS 2019 was the thirteenth in the successful series. The final staging of APGS 2019 was deemed a success and India put out its best foot forward to host what many regard as one of finest in the series. “The venue was spell-binding, the staging was an experience for all delegates and the food and hospitality set extremely high standards,” declared Mike Sebastian, CEO of the Asia Pacific Golf Group, the owner and producer of APGS 2019. More than 20 international speakers delivered presentations and the event was attended by some 200 delegates. In announcing the World Golf Expo 2020, Sebastian said, “APGS has run its course and this presented an opportunity to launch a new event that would address the promotional, educational and marketing needs of the industry.” He added, “Working in collaboration with the giant Mission Hills Group of China, the new event promises to become one of the true great events of golf on a global scale.” The World Golf Expo 2020 will have the following distinct components: ● A three-day trade exposition open to the golf trade and consumers; ● A two-day high-level business summit that will feature a plenary session and workshops; ● A special educational workshop on agronomy and cultural practices; ● The Asian Golf Awards – the largest and longest running recognition event of its kind; “It is our intention to work with various stake-holders in golf to make the World Golf Expo 2020 into one of the best in the world and we will strive hard to develop this event as golf’s mecca for the Asia Pacific region in particular and the world in general,” said Mr. Tenniel Chu, Group Vice Chairman of the Mission Hills Group. The 2019 Asian Golf Awards will be staged today in India and it will mark the 20th anniversary of this prestigious industry recognition event.
MISSION HILLS CHINA NAMED WORLD”S BEST AT ASIAN GOLF AWARDS
[Shenzhen, China– 18 November 2019] Mission Hills Group in China was once again a major winner at the 20th Asian Golf Awards, with its integrated destination resorts spanning the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area and Hainan Free Trade Zone (Port) being declared the World’s Best Golf Resorts. Mission Hills garnered 10 awards at the "Oscars" for the golf industry in the Asia Pacific region, including Best Course in China for its Lava Fields Course at Mission Hills Haikou, which was also voted Best Golf Club Experience in Asia Pacific. In addition, Mission Hills Dongguan was voted Asia Pacific’s Best Clubhouse, Best Pro-Shop and Best Driving Range. The PGA of America Golf Academy at Mission Hills was also named Best Golf Academy in Asia Pacific, while Kevin Smeltz was named Best Professional Golf Coach. Members of the Mission Hills team were also recognised, including Best Golf Course Superintendent of the Year, Komson Thanavuth and Simon Yang, second runner-up in the category of Best Club Manager of the Year. The Group’s Chairman and Vice-Chairman, brothers Ken & Tenniel Chu were also named Asian Golf Most Powerful People for the seventh consecutive year. Mr. Tenniel Chu, Group Vice Chairman of Mission Hills said, "We truly appreciate this wonderful honour and the recognition by golfers from across the region. We look forward in continuing our drive for the growth of the game in China." At the Awards, it was also announced that the inaugural World Golf Expo 2020 will be staged at Mission Hills Haikou next year. With the Asia Pacific Golf Summit having run its course, this new event is aimed at addressing the promotional, educational and marketing needs of the industry. The World Golf Expo 2020 will feature a trade exposition, business summit, education workshop as well as the Asian Golf Awards. “It is our intention to work with various stakeholders in golf to make the World Golf Expo 2020 into one of the best in the world and we will strive hard to develop this event as golf’s mecca for the Asia Pacific region in particular and the world in general,” added Mr. Tenniel Chu. Mission Hills Group is the owner and operator of two luxury resorts in China, one in Shenzhen in southern China and the other in Haikou on the tropical tourism island of Hainan. Together, the fully-integrated facilities span a total of 40 square kilometres and 22 golf courses, making Mission Hills the largest golf complex in the world. The Asian Golf Awards were further recognition for the Group with Mission Hills Shenzhen being awarded China's Best Golf Hotel 2019 at the 6th annual World Golf Awards, held earlier this month. ABOUT MISSION HILLS GROUP The Mission Hills Group – owner and operator of world-class resorts in the heart of the Pearl River Delta and on the tropical island of Hainan – is a pioneer in China’s hospitality, sports and leisure industry. The fully-integrated Mission Hills resorts span more than 40 square kilometres, including 22 championship golf courses – making it the world’s largest golf facility – plus five-star hotels, award-winning spas and volcanic mineral springs, international convention centers, state-of-the-art golf academies, a 20-pitch football training base, Asia’s largest basketball school and Asia’s biggest tennis facility. Other significant projects at Mission Hills include shopping and entertainment at Mission Hills Centreville, Bromsgrove School Mission Hills in collaboration with the 550-year-old British boarding school, co-operations with world-renowned hotel brands Hard Rock, Renaissance and Ritz-Carlton, Mission Hills Movie Town, China’s first Wet’n’Wild water park and ground-breaking partnerships with FC Barcelona, NBA and PGA of America. For more information visit www.missionhillschina.com or follow Mission Hills China on social media. @missionhillschina @missionhillscn #MissionHillsChina #GolfandMore
SUSTAINABILITY IS AN EVER-GROWING NECESSITY IN TODAY’S WORLD AND GOLF COURSES ARE JOINING THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT
In 2018, Forbes stated that 9 million tons of plastic infiltrate the ocean every year. Knowing that, golf courses all over the world are making conscious decisions to eliminate plastic. From the preservation of wildlife to promoting a low-carbon future, the golf community is making more and more changes to contribute to the worldwide movement to put the environment first. In 2018, Forbes stated that 9 million tons of plastic infiltrate the ocean every year. Knowing that, golf courses all over the world are making conscious decisions to eliminate plastic. From the preservation of wildlife to promoting a low-carbon future, the golf community is making more and more changes to contribute to the worldwide movement to put the environment first. More details: https://golfscape.com/blog/10-worlds-most-eco-friendly-golf-courses/
SPARTAN SPRINT/SUPER IN SHENZHEN ATTRACTS MORE THAN 7,000 WARRIORS
【Shenzhen – 11Nov】The 2019 Spartan Race presented by Infiniti, held on 10 November 2019 at the Mission Hills Terra Art Ecological Park, marked the return of the Spartan Race to Shenzhen, following Spartan Kids Race that was held in March. This is also the third edition of the Spartan Race to be held in Shenzhen. This edition included both the Spartan Sprint and Super races, which not only gave participants a choice of race difficulty, Spartan warriors were also motivated to push their personal limits and to challenge themselves. The scenic jungle trail at Mission Hills has always been a highlight of the Shenzhen Race. A new "water-crossing" segment was added to the route last year, and was once again a highlight for this year’s race, to the unanimous welcome of racers. Following a closely-fought competition, Niu Zhiming and Huang Hongying were crowned champions of the men's and women's elite group respectively with timings of 00:53:34 and 01:16:09. Dai Longsheng (00:55:33), He Fang (01:16:28), Cody Fuiten (01:02:48) and Kimberlee (01:18:48) came in second and third in the men's and women's elite group respectively. Come 21 December, the Spartan Kids Race presented by Infiniti will also be held at the same venue. This will be the most competitive kids’ race in China for the year, with more than 4,000 little warriors participating in this final round. This includes top racers from across the nation, as well as the Top 50 from the elite group, competing for top honours. Mr. Tenniel Chu, Vice-Chairman of Mission Hills Group said, “With more than 200 races held across 30 countries and regions, and attracting more than 8 million warriors, Spartan Race is officially the world's largest obstacle race and it is our great pleasure to be partnering them once again. The Shenzhen Race takes place in our 22 km2 Terra Art Ecological Park, with a 13-km Super Race and a 5-km Sprint Race and some 25 obstacles and hurdles, making for a fun and challenging course. Looking forward, we will continue to actively promote sporting exchanges between China and the world, and bring in more world-class sports such as the Spartan Race to China.” Introduced in 2016, the Spartan Race has quickly evolved to be a popular sports event in China, its footprints extending across many cities with more than 32 races held. The Spartan Race is a passionate and exciting obstacle challenge, filled with fun and interactive race elements, pushing warriors to their physical and mental limits to challenge themselves to achieve more. The 2019 Spartan season is drawing to a close with a few stations left, namely the Wuhan Spring/Kids on 16 November, Suzhou Spring/Beat/Kids on 14 December. In 2020, Spartans will continue to race across China, in 10km Super races with 25 obstacles as well as Beast races featuring half-marathons and 30 obstacles. These include Shenzhen Kids (22 February), Guangzhou Kids/Sprint (7 March), Shenzhen Kids/Sprint/Beast (28 March). ABOUT MISSION HILLS GROUP Mission Hills Group, owner and operator of Mission Hills resorts in the heart of the Pearl River Delta and on the tropical island of Hainan, is synonymous with leisure, wellness, entertainment and luxury. Founded in 1992, Mission Hills is recognized as one of the world’s leading golf brands and a pioneer in China’s hospitality, sports and leisure industry. The world-class integrated leisure and wellness resort destinations have hosted more than 100 international tournaments, dating back to the World Cup of Golf in 1995, the first international golf tournament in China. Mission Hills has also been accredited by the Guinness World Records as the “World’s Largest Golf Club” and the “World’s Largest Mineral Springs and Spa Resort”. Mission Hills’ properties sprawl over 40 square kilometres. They include 22 championship courses designed by renowned players and architects from five continents, five-star resorts, award-winning spas and volcanic mineral springs, international convention centres, state-of-the-art golf academies, a 20-pitch football training base, Asia’s largest basketball school and Asia’s biggest tennis facility. Mission Hills is also the official training headquarters for China’s Tennis, Football and Golf Associations. The Group’s ‘golf and more’ leisure philosophy has seen its tourism-related business expand into a leisure hub for multi-generational families. Mission Hills Centreville in Shenzhen and Haikou provides integrated shopping, recreational, business, education, entertainment, leisure and cultural experiences, including Bromsgrove School Mission Hills in Shenzhen in collaboration with the historic British boarding school. Mission Hills has also extended its foray into the hospitality industry by partnering with world-renowned hotel brands such as Hard Rock, Renaissance and Ritz-Carlton. These collaborations have seen the opening of Ritz-Carlton’s first golf resort hotel in China and China’s first Hard Rock Hotel in Shenzhen. Other significant projects include Movie Town in Haikou in partnership with China’s largest film production company, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation and award-winning director, Feng Xiaogang and China’s first Wet’n’Wild water park in collaboration with Australia’s leading entertainment group and largest theme park operator, Village Roadshow Limited. Mission Hills has also announced ground-breaking partnerships with FC Barcelona and the NBA to bring the world’s most famous football club and the world’s largest professional basketball league to its Haikou resort, making Hainan island a leading hub for football and basketball development in China. For more information and latest updates, visit www.missionhillschina.com or follow Mission Hills China on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.