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Schmidt-Curley’s White Stone Hot Spring Course Unveiled

International golf course architecture and master-planning firm Schmidt-Curley Design have announced White Stone Hot Spring Golf Club on China’s tropical Hainan Island has opened for play.

Schmidt-Curley has designed more than 150 layouts in 25 countries and their latest, located just north of Sanya, boasts bold, sprawling bunkers that flank fairways deftly routed through the rolling landscape. The par 72 measures 7,011 yards from the back tees with eight holes hugging the Changling Reservoir’s shoreline, providing risk-reward opportunities throughout the round.

“White Stone Hot Springs is our 14th course to open on Hainan Island since 2009,” says Brian Curley, GOLF Magazine’s 2011 “Architect of the Year” and Asian Golf Monthly’s “Best Architect” for the past two years with partner Lee Schmidt. “Firm hallmarks like wide playing corridors, strong angles of approach, strategic bunkering and maintenance-friendly design are on full display and sure to please players and owners alike. The layout is very user-friendly and its setting among lush, tropical vegetation creates a botanical oasis for island golfers.”

The Scottsdale based firm has worked extensively with golf’s biggest names including Pete Dye, Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus and Fred Couples on numerous noteworthy projects.

With close to 40 courses in China alone Schmidt-Curley-designs have hosted professional tournaments, including Mission Hills Haikou’s Blackstone Course (2011 World Cup of Golf) and Vintage Course (2012 World Ladies Championship); Tianjin Binhai Lake’s Pete Dye Course (2012 Volvo China Open); and Mission Hills Dongguan’s Olazabal Course (2007, 2008 and 2009 World Cup of Golf and November 2012’s WGC-HSBC Champions).