When at Greg Norman design Harley was the project Golf Course Architect for the Norman Course at Mission Hills outside of Shenzhen in China.
This was a mega golf project that the world had never seen at that point and where the Mission Hills Group were undertaking the building of five courses all at once. Harley did the routing design and detail design for the 18 holes of the Norman Course. The brief was this course was to be the hardest test of golf of all 10 courses at Mission Hills.
Harley made all the construction visits during the 14 months build during 2002 and 2003, and where his good friend Peter Waddell would do the fine features shaping. There are 85 bunkers of the sand faced Melbourne Sandbelt style of Harley’s hometown of Melbourne. Much care was taken in the design and shaping of this course to withstand an annual 5.5metres of rainfall. Considerable large scale drainage infrastructure had to be installed.
Based on an assessment of the local area with a consulting agronomist, Harley recommended the course be grassed in common Zoysia matrella and Tif dwarf greens. The fairways have proven to use the least amount of water and fertilizer compared with the other layouts at Mission Hills. In fact the course was carefully designed and sited to minimize earthworks and this saw it being the least volume of earthworks of all the 5 courses.
Opened for play in May 2004 the Norman Course measuring 7228yards has a great mix of holes hitting across valleys, ridge top holes, holes playing up deep valleys, and holes where creeks or ponds come into play.