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A Noodle Bowl Island Green And Man-Made Gale Force Winds

Dare I say my friend Brian Curley has spent a few too many nights at 38,000 feet traversing the Pacific Ocean?

The golf architect to China's Mission Hills is building their latest course and I'm afraid he has gone Desmond Muirhead on us, as CNN's Paul Gittings explains the new places Curley is taking golf architecture with "a putting green swimming in a giant bowl of noodles and chopsticks, the Great Wall of China for a hazard, a fairway threading through Mayan ruins and a panda-themed hole."

"Traditionalists will probably hate it," says design guru Brian Curley, principal partner in Schmidt-Curley, the company behind the 22 courses that make up the Mission Hills complex in Hainan Island.

"But this is real golf, with real clubs on real fairways," he told CNN.

Oh boy...

Mindful of the impression that there is a "sameness" to the courses being churned out in their droves in the fastest expanding golf market in the world, Curley and his team wanted to come up with something that he felt would appeal to the wider Chinese public and other visitors to the resort.

So instead of bunkers, rough and trees, the players will be faced with a replica of the Great Wall of China winding its way the length of a 400-meter par four hole.

This ought to be interesting...

Curley is promising the addition of "man made" gale force winds on each tee, adjustable depending on the standards of the players and available by hitting a red button.

There is a par-5 threading its way through Mayan ruins, while another green is created in the image of the "Birds Nest" Olympic Stadium in Beijing. Another hole is styled after China's favorite animal, the panda bear.

On a conventional golf course, the degree of difficulty is often dictated by which tee the player chooses to play from. Leading professionals play from the tees furthest from the hole, while higher handicappers can opt to hit their first shot from much closer.

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A little more "inside the box," please. Looks like someone's trying to overcompensate for some other shortcoming.
12.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterScrambler
sounds like a giant mini golf course
12.21.2012 | Unregistered Commenterelf
oh my
12.21.2012 | Unregistered Commenterchip gaskins
Disneyland of golf. What's wrong with that? Someday Americans will be flocking there...
12.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGreg C
What, no waterfalls?
Surely an oversight.
12.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKG
Can't wait until Chinese architects start building golf courses in America with giant hamburgers and holes where players have to avoid being shot. Go stereotype, go!
12.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlackballed Vijay
A Great Wall of China as a hazard? That is sooooo yesterday. Near Vancouver BC we already have a course with such a hazard:

http://pagodaridge.ca/the-course/about-pagoda-ridge-golf-cours/tour

And Brian Curley probably thought his idea was an original.
12.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGorsegolf
Your faithful scribe in the UAE here. Hope all you maniacs are well and enjoying the holidays.

Where are the fake dinosaurs on this track? Well, I guess it will be unique. Maybe he can build a par-3 course in Italy shaped like a big pizza, and you fire at the pepperoni in the middle?
12.21.2012 | Unregistered Commentersteve elling
Maniacs? You got that right!

As for the "man-made gale-force winds" on each tee, I would have thought Lord Combover would be otherwise occupied fighting man-made windmills in Scotland.
12.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
I hit a ball in the water on this hole. An hour later, I wanted to do it again. Chinese-food humor!
12.22.2012 | Unregistered Commentersteve elling
I'm in
12.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlue Canyon
Geoff post this on 12-21-12, this is the end of civilization from my point of view too.
12.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPABoy
Who does it bother you?
12.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJesse
Sounds like another signpost high up on the China bubble. Get ready for the pop!
12.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark B
Wait, what? And what?
12.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlex H
See, that's what happens when architects today don't take the TIME that the golden-agers did. Is it a bowl of Sichuan-style noodles or not? If Mackenzie had designed it, you can bet he noodles would've fit in with the surrounding culture.

Peter
12.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeter
KLG, as one that is not a fan of "lord combover" as you so elequently coin him, great post.
12.22.2012 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
@elf

You nailed it!

@ Steve E

A +2 for that Steely Dan worthy ''do it again'' post!

I can't be too critical, as my team, The Astros, have many ''tricks'' in Minute Maid Park- but they ARE all tributes to parks of days gone by, and not references to famous battles in Texas, or BBQ.

BTW. was in Lockhart yesterday, and yes the BBQ was as good a Christmas present as one can get.

Q: How do you get good BBQ in Kansas City?

A: Take I 35 south to Austin, turn south on 183 till you get to Lockhart Texas.
Only Louie Mueller's in Taylor is close.
12.22.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I dunno, looks like Telaga to me. Maybe just jumping the shark a tad more is all...
12.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPHK
Too bad that green isn't on a barge.
12.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Clayman
I think it is time again for lots of gimmicks. I don't want to play this type of course but when you have 22 courses already, you might as well go off the deep end and make it like mini golf. They need a windmill, a gator, a castle, and of course, lots of waterfalls with blue water.
12.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterScott
Peter,
Hainan island was historically part of Guangdong and Guangxi province and some distance from Sichuan.
Flat rice noodles would likely be the most popular local favorite.
Not so spicy, more salty!
So you know.
12.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKG
I just woke up from a long nap. Is it April the 1st already ?

Can't wait for Masters postcard on the home page.
12.22.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjstiles
Thank you, KG.So now we know: if Behr or Mackenzie had designed it, that bowl would be FILLED with the flat rice noodles of Guangdong Province, and if you fell into the bowl you could be damn sure you'd feel more salty than spicy! Ah, don't mind me, just complaining for no reason, nitpicking really -- as if the average golfer could tell the difference...
12.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeter
If Tom Doak designed this, 90% of the participants on this website would be buying tickets to Hainen Island to go play it.
12.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Strangelove
Milk was a bad choice
12.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBouje
OMG....It's like the actual course from Caddyshack II coming to life...except w/out a hockey arena themed hole and the one and only Randy Quaid.

Too bad...maybe another one will be built in Vancouver w/ 'ice boxing' in mind.
12.23.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
And the winner of the 'Most redundant sentence of 2012' award goes to......
Dr Strangelove.
12.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFester
Funny thing is, that's the first course in China I'd even consider wanting to play. Sounds like fun.
12.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFWIW
I'm playing so badly, I couldn't hit the Great Wall of China if it were in front of me.

Rimshot!
12.24.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjohn
If you have the resources to build, maintain and market 22 golf courses in one area, why wouldn't you turn one into a novelty? Hell, if you were tasked with designing 22 golf courses in one area, don't tell me you wouldn't have the strong urge to go crazy with one of them. I'm surprised only one of the 22 courses will be like this, the more I think about it.
12.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterShort Knocker

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