Schmidt-Curley Design recently announced that it has built the “world’s largest putting course” at Mission Hills Golf Club in southern China.
Draped across more than 17 acres, the putting course is punctuated by wild, rugged bunkering and dramatic humps and hollows. Framed by flowers, dense groundcovers and native grasses, it evokes the feel of a miniature, quarter-scale golf course.
Unlike most putting courses that are effectively oversized putting greens or bear a close resemblance to miniature golf, the Mission Hills course traverses the countryside, snaking around bunkers, mounds and thickets of landscaping. The putting surface is a contiguous, six-acre ribbon of platinum paspalum turf. The course does not have a prescribed routing, so players are free to jump on and off wherever and whenever they’d like, just as one would with a standard practice green.
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