A GRAND ceremony was held at Mission Hills Dongguan yesterday to mark the opening of the 15th Mission Hills Golfathon, which will last until Sept. 15.
Launched in 2004 to celebrate Mission Hills’ recognition as the world’s largest golf club, the Golfathon offers golf enthusiasts an opportunity to play on the club’s 10 award-winning golf courses in Dongguan and Shenzhen over a five-month span.
Over the past 14 years, the event has attracted nearly 100,000 participants from more than 30 countries to compete on courses designed by golf legends like Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo and Annika Sorenstam. Their ages vary from 5 to 87, according to the organizers.
Wang Dajiang, who has attended the event 13 times, said the Golfathon is a very good opportunity for him to enjoy the sport.
“I do not pay much attention to the scores. I just enjoy the experience of playing on different courses,” he said.
Li Rongfang, 87, is the oldest participant. He said this year is the seventh time he has attended the event, and he considers it an important sport to keep himself healthy and happy.
Yuan Weimin, former president of Chinese Golf Association, and Xu Deli, former president of Guangdong Golf Association, also attended the opening ceremony.
The 2018 Golfathon champion will win a Guest Package for Mission Hills Golfathon 2019 and a free Golf & Hotel Package at Mission Hills Haikou, including a two-night stay in SPA VILLA and two green vouchers. The division winners and 1st runners-up will win Mission Hills Haikou Golf & Stay Packages.
Organizers are also offering a luxury Lexus hybrid car as a prize for the Lexus Hole-In-One Challenge on the opening day.