Paul CaseyPaul Casey, has signed a deal to design his first golf course, in conjunction with Brit Stenson, the head of IMG’s Cleveland, Ohio-based golf design division. It will be located in the burgeoning golf nation of China, at Shimei Bay Resort on Hainan Island. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer.

“Shimei Bay is already a very impressive resort in a beautiful area,” Casey said, “and I am up to the challenge of designing a golf course that will fit in and become one of the finest in Hainan.”
Shimei Bay is located on the southeastern coast of Hainan Island, and the resort is home of the Le Meridien Shimei Bay Beach & Spa Resort, one of six government-approved and promoted tourism development zones on the island. It will eventually contain 2,200 holiday homes and hotel rooms, three conference centres, a shopping mall and other attractions. The Chinese government believes it’ll eventually attract four million tourists a year.

We wish Paul the very best in his first venture into golf course design. Hopefully with his Surrey golfing heritage from his years spent at Burhill Golf Club will see a real corker produced.