Golf

China's crazy fantasy golf course

Updated 3:44 AM ET, Sat December 22, 2012
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One of the signatures holes on a new fantasy course at Mission Hills in China will see players attempt to hit a green surrounded by a noodle-style hazard complete with chopsticks. Schmidt-Curley design
A view from the tee of the shot facing the golfer on the chopsticks and noodles hole. Schmidt-Curley design
The Great Wall of China hole will provide a challenge with a difference for the golfers who play the new course. Schmidt-Curley design
A sketch of the design work behind a hole on the course, in which a mock-up of the Great Wall of China is threaded throughout its entire length. Schmidt-Curley design
A par 5 on the new course is dedicated to the ancient Mayan civilization, but golfers will have their work cut out if they stray off the fairway. Schmidt-Curley design
One of the holes is dedicated to the most popular animal in China, the giant panda, and this sketch illustrates the design features. Schmidt-Curley design
Work is well under way on the hole named "Panda-monium" ahead of the course opening in 2014. Schmidt-Curley design
The Birds Nest Stadium which hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics is the inspiration for one of the greens on the new course. Schmidt-Curley design
This year the Mission Hills group hosted a World Golf Championship tournament, the HSBC Champions, on a bunker-laden course at its Shenzhen complex designed by former Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal. Ian Poulter is seen here on his way to winning the title. Getty Images
Conventional golf tests such as the daunting 17th island hole at TPC Sawgrass in Florida often rely on water to provide the challenge with a small green to aim at. Getty Images
President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and daughter Sasha tried their hand at mini golf on a holiday in Florida in 2010. AFP/Getty Images