Olazabal Course at Mission Hills China
Jose Maria Olazabal's course at Mission Hills is his first in China. The driving design philosophy behind this course was to create a beautiful, unique, harmonious and playable course for all golfers. A strong effort was made to create a demanding tournament venue that stretches to the back tees. Olazabal's reputation as one of the game's best sand golfers is reflected with over 160 menacing bunkers. The Olazabal Course is also the longest course at Mission Hills, covering over 7,320yards.
Even the best of golfers will find this course a challenge. Numerous majestic vistas cropped with untouched foliage and natural running streams create outstanding backdrops throughout the course. The high, sand flashed bunkers contain a number of contoured fingers, thick grassy vertical lips and deep 'bowled' bottoms, which are sure to attract the attention of golfers as each shot is played. Golfers will often be faced with an option on how to play each hole - take the conservative and safe route, or the risk and reward route that may result in anything from an eagle to a double bogey or worse. Undeniably this is a perfect tournament venue, guaranteed to excite throughout. It has hosted for 3 editions of World Cup of Golf from 2007 to 2009.
Who Is Jose Maria Olazabal?
Height: 5ft 10in (1.78m) Born: Feb 5, 1966
Both of Olazabal's majors have come in the United States, namely The Masters in 1994 and 1999. These wins make him the only winner of The Amateur Championship since World War II to have gone on to win a professional major.
He has six career PGA Tour titles, five of them won before he became a full member of the Tour. Olazabal also holds the world record distance for a completed putt. In 2009, Olazabal was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame.