Shenzhen, China: Mission Hills will be on top of the world tomorrow when more than 2,000 golfers tee off in a giant-sized tournament aimed at rewriting the history books.
The spectacular event – marking 22 years since building work started on the first course at Mission Hills – will be officially accredited as The World’s Largest One-Day Golf Tournament by Guinness World Records.
Organisers will utilise nine of the 12 courses at Mission Hills Shenzhen-Dongguan for the record attempt with separate rounds in the morning and afternoon.
“This is intended to be a celebration of golf and the joy it brings to so many people,” said Mission Hills Group Vice Chairman Tenniel Chu. “As the biggest golf club in the world, it is wholly appropriate that we should mark 22 years in existence by staging the world’s biggest golf tournament.
“This landmark event will showcase all that is good about golf – health, happiness, camaraderie and sportsmanship – while also being a unique chance for our members and guest players to be a part of history.”
In addition, the ‘Golf World Record Challenge’ will be for a worthy cause, with a proportion of players’ enrolment fees going towards junior golf development.
“With our record 44 junior tournaments this year and three of our courses at Shenzhen-Dongguan and Haikou open free of charge to players aged 16 and under, our commitment to junior golf is clear,” added Chu.
“We will use funds generated by this event to further promote the junior game and give more and more youngsters the chance to take up this wonderful sport.”
The tournament will be played on the World Cup, Vijay, Ozaki and Els courses at Shenzhen and the Norman, Annika, Olazabal, Leadbetter and Rose-Poulter courses at Dongguan, with shotgun starts at 7:30 am and 1:30 pm. An official from Guinness World Records will be present to verify the new record.
Mission Hills will be seeking to break its own world record set on June 25, 2010. On that occasion 1,562 players took part in a single-day tournament at Shenzhen-Dongguan.
Mission Hills Shenzhen-Dongguan resort is accredited by Guinness World Records as ‘The World’s Largest Golf Club’ while Mission Hills Haikou on the tropical island of Hainan is recognised as ‘The World’s Largest Spa Resort’.
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