Rose and Poulter to create 'matchplay course' in China
Ryder Cup duo to open new style venue at Mission Hills
US Open champion Justin rose and fellow Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter are lending their insight and experience to create a dedicated matchpla-style golf course at Mission Hills in China.
The pair who have been close friends since emerging into the limelight at virtually the same time, will celebrate the opening of the re-designed Rose-Poulter course with an exhibition match on October 28 on a course they have helped to re-design alongside acclaimed creator Brian Curley.
Poulter has been a regular at Mission Hills where he competed in World Cups between 2007 and 2011, twice partnering Rose twice in the prestigious team-format of singles, foursomes and fourball.
Said World No.3 Rose: “I’m very much looking forward to working with Ian and Brian Curley to create a really exciting course that lends itself to matchplay. We’ve had a number of discussions and I'm keen to see the end result."
Poulter, who claimed victory at last year’s WGC HSBC Champions at Mission Hills Dongguan added: “It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of matchplay so was more than happy to be involved in the project.
“We want to create something that presents some exciting risk and reward opportunities incentivising aggressive play that you only really get on a matchplay course.”
The emphasis of the re-model will be to make use of the current layout, with its tree lined corridors and majestic views and incorporate more rugged bunkering along the centerlines of play and greens features that both punish and reward. Tees will be expanded as long ribbons to create many more options for hole length and have more driveable par-4s and reachable par-5s.
Founded in 1992, in the heart of the Pearl River Delta, Mission Hills is recognized as the world’s largest golf club and sprawls over 40 square kilometres with 22 courses 5-star resorts and an international convention centre.