HONG KONG, May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Guinness World Records named Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China the World's Largest Golf Club, surpassing Pinehurst in North Carolina which has held the honor since 1997. Mission Hills Golf Club boasts ten 18-hole courses designed by international golf stars Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Ernie Els, Annika Sorenstam, Vijay Singh, Nick Faldo, Jose Marie Olazabal, David Duval, Jumbo Ozaki and renowned golf instructor David Leadbetter. Founded in December 1992, Mission Hills commissioned these ten top international golf stars to design courses intended to pave the way for China's sports-related tourism, as well as to attract foreign direct investment into the Pearl River Delta region. Nicklaus introduced his World Cup Course in 1994 and in April 2004 Greg Norman completed his "Tournament" course, the latest in this decade-long project. Mission Hills Chairman Dr. David Chu said, "Mission Hills isn't a so- called 'image project' intended to be the world's No. 1 for the sake of being No.1 -- it is located in one of the fastest-growing locations in China, and we intend it to be a world-class sport-recreation destination." "Not only does a project of this prestige and scale provide impetus for the enhancement of China's status in the sports tourism industry, Mission Hills has become a benchmark for a burgeoning industry providing employment for 5,000 people and generating tax revenues of RMB 40 million," he added. This venue has also played host to over 20 international tournaments with participants from around the world. Mission Hills Golf Club joins other Guinness World Record winners in China, including the Long Corridor of the Beijing Summer Palace, Hong Kong's Tsing Ma Bridge and the world-class Hong Kong International Airport. Mission Hills Golf Club and Resort is set to be yet another world-class tourist attraction in China, offering visitors a variety of activities combining sports, entertainment, relaxation and dining. About Guinness World Records First published in 1955, Guinness World Records(TM) has developed its annual book into an international phenomenon published in more than 100 countries and 23 languages. Guinness World Records has become a household name and the global leader in world records. No other enterprise collects, confirms, accredits and presents world record data with the same investment in comprehensiveness and authenticity. Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement. About Mission Hills Founded in 1994 and located just 30 minutes from Hong Kong, Mission Hills is the world's #1 golf club. It is an exclusive gated residential community housing a world-class five-star hotel, resort and country club with the largest tennis facility in Asia. Mission Hills is also the world's largest golf destination with 10 signature designer courses (the most courses in a single facility in the world) and the exclusive home to China's David Leadbetter Golf Academy. Mission Hills has also been named one of the top "Ten Sights in Shenzhen" and is a nationally recognized AAAA-rated tourism resort. Tournaments and events previously hosted by the facility include The World Cup of Golf, the Mission Hills Tiger Woods China Challenge, the inaugural Dynasty Cup, numerous other international competitions and several APEC International Conferences.
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