Mr. Golf Ken’s Haikou golf mission now on course
It might have something to do with the fact that the megaresort is run by Ken and Tenniel Chu. Ken is the chairman and CEO, while Tenniel serves as the vice chairman. The brothers were recently named the most powerful people in Asia by Golf Inc. Magazine, which has ranked the most powerful people in golf since 1998.
Mission Hills entered the record books the next year – its 10 courses made it the world’s largest golf club according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Yet, the Chu’s weren’t done.
Ken took on his current CEO role in 2008, more than a dozen years after joining his father, David, in the family business. And as the new man in charge, Ken began to act on an Olympic-sized vision as the rest of his country focused on preparations for the Beijing Games.
He wanted to expand the resort into a resort destination, and he zeroed in on the tropical Hainan Island, some 400 miles southwest of Shenzhen. Chu found land in Haikou, the capital of the Hainan province. And two years later, Mission Hills Haikou opened to much fanfare.
The finest of the 10 courses at the Haikou location is the Blackstone one on which Woods and McIlroy will play. But it’s similar to its nine brethren in that each is a "volcanic golf course," meaning they integrate the natural lava rock formations.
No wonder the Mission Hills Resort Hotel is currently ranked No. 1 out of 448 hotels in Haikou on TripAdvisor.com, the world’s largest travel site.
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