Full Sized Fun Golf Course To Be Built In China
Go big or go home. That seems to be the mantra of celebrated course designer Brian Curley of Schmidt-Curley Design who revealed plans for what he calls a "full-scale mini golf" experience at Mission Hills Haikou resort on the Chinese island of Hainan.
The 18-hole course, which is scheduled to be completed in 2014, will feature several unique obstacles, including an 80-meter wide bowl of noodles, a set of Mayan ruins and a par-3 that drills golfers with winds from large fans.
"It’s still going to be real golf, with real clubs," Curley told ESPN.
"You'll need to putt and you’ll need to drive. Everything will be the same except instead of being surrounded by pine trees, you've got the Great Wall of China."
There’s no confirmation as to whether there’ll be a full size windmill to navigate but either way it’ll still be a test of golf.
Curley says the "noodle hole" isn't all that different from the famed 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass in Florida. There, players attempt to land their ball on a small green surrounded by water.
At the Chinese course, the green is the same size. The only difference is that it's in a giant bowl of floating noodles.
"The shot is no different, it’s just that visually it’s different," Curley said of the Sawgrass-Mission Hills Haikou comparison.
"When you're hitting into a bowl and there are chopsticks and noodles floating in the water it takes on a whole new level -- the purists are going to have a fit."