In November 2018, the PGA of America announced the formation of a groundbreaking alliance with China’s Mission Hills Group and PacificPine Sports Group that launched three PGA Golf Academies in China.
Mission Hills, the world’s largest golf facility, with 22 golf courses across two locations—will see two PGA of America Academies established at the Mission Hills Shenzhen resort in southern China and a third academy at the Mission Hills Haikou resort on Hainan Island. PGA Professionals, known globally for their excellence in teaching, will run the Academies, which will feature junior and adult development programs.
Mission Hills recently received 12 top honors at the 2018 Asian Golf Awards. Among those, its Jack Nicklaus designed World Cup Course—one of 12 signature-designed courses in Shenzhen—was awarded Best Course in China, while Mission Hills Haikou, located on the tropical tourism island of Hainan and featuring an additional 10 championship courses, was voted Best Golf Resort in Asia Pacific for the seventh consecutive year.