Dr. Ken Chu - Chairman and CEO of Mission Hills Group
• Consultative Conference (CPPCC) • Standing Committee Member of All-China Youth Federation • Chairman of China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment •Vice Chairman of Chinese Enterprise Sports Association • Chairman of China Sportsman (Hong Kong) Union • Permanent Honorary President of Friends of Hong Kong Association • Permanent Honorary President of Hong Kong Industry, Commerce & Professional Association • Honorary Chairman of Hong Kong United Youth Association • Standing Committee Member of CPPCC Hainan Provincial Committee • Western University International Advisory Board Member
• Global Member of the World Travel & Tourism Council.. More
Born in Hong Kong, Dr. Ken Chu is the Chairman and CEO of Mission Hills Group. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Canada’s University of Western Ontario, and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law degree by his alma mater in 2007 for his contributions in sports and leisure developments and community services in China and Hong Kong.
He joined Mission Hills Group in 1995 upon completing his studies abroad and immediately assumed an integral role in the company. Under his leadership, Mission Hills Group skillfully transformed the desolate outskirts of Shenzhen and Dongguan into an international resort destination. The full-service, luxury retreat features 12 golf courses designed by golf legends and professionals from five continents, four clubhouses, three award-winning spas, two five-star hotels, golf academies, Asia’s largest tennis facility with 51 tennis courts and professional tennis academy, numerous fine dining establishments and exquisite private residences. Mission Hills has been accredited the “World’s Largest Golf Club” by the Guinness World Records. It has also been named a 5A Level Tourist Attraction by China’s National Tourism Administration.
In 2008, Dr. Chu turned his expert attention to a new project on Hainan Island, Mission Hills • Haikou. He worked closely with provincial and central government policy makers to create the resort. It is crucial to an initiative seeking to make tropical Hainan the world’s leading tourism destination by 2020.
Since its 2010 unveiling, the resort has received great acclaim for setting a new standard in leisure, recreation and wellness experiences. Mission Hills • Haikou caters to golf enthusiasts with a collection of 10 specially-designed volcanic golf courses, each incorporating the native lava rock formations. Other state-of-the-art features include 518 elegant guest rooms and suites, three-story clubhouse, golf academy, meeting facilities, 12 world-class restaurants, a fully-equipped sports and recreation center, Hainan’s only aquatic theme park, therapeutic volcanic mineral springs, a spa oasis and shopping arcade. The Guinness World Records recently recognized Mission Hills • Haikou as the “World’s Largest Spa & Mineral Springs”.
Dr. Chu has brought more than 100 international tournaments to China. He has also spearheaded myriad developments and offerings to make golf more welcoming to families and youths. This “golf and more” leisure philosophy has catalyzed the Group’s tourism-related business expansion. The Group’s latest development projects include the 500,000 square-meter Mission Hills Centreville and 330,000 square-meter Mission Hills • Lan Kwai Fong • Haikou. These family-friendly metropolitan leisure destinations and low-carbon town centers feature internationally-renowned hotel brands such as Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance and Hard Rock Hotel; integrated shopping, entertainment and leisure centers including 1,000-plus renowned anchor brands; the trendiest restaurants, cafes and bars; IMAX cinemas; ice skating rinks; bowling alleys; simulation racing center; world-renowned auto showrooms; and many other exciting offerings.
The new Mission Hills • Huayi Brothers • Feng Xiaogang Movie-Themed Town with a Grand Opening scheduled in 2014, is destined to become a major entertainment and commercial district in Haikou. The 930,000 square-meter site will showcase six professional movie studios, as well as numerous dining, entertainment, shopping, cinema, cafe, bar and hotel facilities. The combination of iconic film elements and 24-hour dining and shopping districts will further establish Mission Hills•Haikou as a leading business, entertainment, cultural and leisure destination in China.
In addition to his duties with Mission Hills, Dr. Chu is also a Global Member of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the preeminent forum for global business leaders in travel and tourism industry, and currently serves as National Committee Member of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
Dr. Chu has been actively involved in Hong Kong and China charity and community services. He takes particular interest in youth groups and activities, believing it is crucial to nurture future generations to create a better tomorrow for China and the world. In concert with his passion for youth causes, Dr. Chu supports many patriotic initiatives focusing on juniors. Dr. Chu is also dedicated to helping fellow countrymen in need. Over the years, the Mission Hills Group programs have donated more than RMB 500 million to various charitable endeavors.
Today, Mission Hills Group has achieved many milestones and become the preeminent conglomerate in the sports, tourism, leisure and entertainment industry under Dr. Chu’s leadership. Dr. Chu spearheads the next breakthrough in the Group’s evolution to bring its tried and true branding and golf management services to Beijing, Shanghai, Yunnan, Chongqing, Xi’an and other destinations.
Tenniel Chu - Vice Chairman of Mission Hills Group
• Member of Shenzhen CPPCC • Secretary-General of One Asia • President of Guangdong Golf Association • Honorary President of Greater China Golf Media Association • Hon. Advisor of EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association) • Executive Vice President of Hong Kong Miniature Football Association • Standing Committee Member of Guangzhou Youth Federation • Vice Chairman of Hong Kong Youth Council • Chairman of Hong Kong Youth Initiatives Foundation •Hon. Advisor of HKFYG (Hong Kong Federation of Youth Group) •Hon. Member of the Court of the Hong Kong Baptist University • Non-Executive Director of Synergis Holdings Limited • Member of EOHK (Entrepreneur Organization Hong Kong) chapter & EO China South Chapter • Member of The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce •Member of the R&A (The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews), the first China representative.. More
Tenniel Chu, born in 1976 in Hong Kong, is the Vice Chairman of Mission Hills Group.
Upon graduating with a degree in economics from the University of Toronto in Canada, Tenniel pursued his passion for golf by studying Professional Golf Management at Humber College. On completing his studies, he worked at US PGA TOUR headquarters and underwent a unique management training program in the departments of golf operations, PGA tournament event organization, golf maintenance, golf shops, and merchandising control. In 2001, he joined the family business and now oversees the overall operations and development of the world’s largest golf club as recognized by the Guinness World Records. Under Tenniel’s leadership, the Golf Club has both met and exceeded international standards to become the benchmark for other golf and leisure operators in China.
Mission Hills Group is owner and operator of Mission Hills Golf Club, the largest golf facility in the world, located in Shenzhen, Dongguan, and Haikou. Mission Hills is pioneering the golf and leisure tourism industry in China. Tenniel has played in important role in international tournament bids as well as attracting international golf stars to Mission Hills. By 2011, Mission Hills had hosted over 100 tournaments and many renowned golfers, including consecutive editions of the World Cup; hosting Tiger Woods’ first visit to China in 2001 and again in 2011; the Dynasty Cup (Asian Ryder Cup) in 2003; and the Goodwill Trophy in 2005.
Under Tenniel`s leadership, Mission Hills has a series of golf tournaments including competitions for professionals, amateurs, juniors and seniors. In 2004, he created the first ever ‘Golf Marathon’ called Golfathon, in celebration of Mission Hill’s formal recognition as the World’s Largest Golf Club. With the successful completion of the 10th edition this year, there have been tens of thousands of participants from over twenty countries competing in the multi-course competition. In 2006, Mission Hills hosted the Asia Pacific Open Amateur Championship for three consecutive years. In 2010, the European Senior Tour ISPS Handa Senior World Championship was held in Mission Hills which was the first ever Senior Tour event in China. Mission Hills was selected to be the host venue of the 26th Universiade in August 2011.
Mission Hills has also hosted several international profile tournaments including two editions of World Celebrity Pro-Am tournament, a ground-breaking celebrity pro-am golf tournament for Asia, four editions of World Cup of Golf and two editions of World Ladies Championship. In Nov 2012, Mission Hills welcomed the WGC- HSBC Champions to the Olazabal course at Mission Hills Dongguan. The occasion marked the first time a WGC event being staged in the Pearl River Region of southern China and created a golf spectacle for the fans that turned out to watch the world’s best players in action.
Tenniel has spearheaded Mission Hills’ industry-leading emphasis on junior golf development. He is active in creating opportunities and nurturing the region’s next generation of champion golfers through initiatives such as the Mission Hills Golf Series Junior Tour, the Faldo Series Asia, the Mission Hills Jack Nicklaus Junior Championship and the first ever female junior only tournament in China – Mission Hills Annika Junior Girls Championship. These events provide opportunities for the Chinese and Asian youth to have closer contact with golf and help nurture the next generation of golf stars in the world. He also brought the world’s leading golf instructors and touring professionals to Mission Hills, bolstering the club’s reputation as a “University of Golf.” Nowadays, Mission Hills Academies are stretching from Shenzhen, Dongguan and Haikou to offer the world class facilities, equipment and world renowned golf instructors.
Through his golf ambassadorial role in China, Tenniel is appointed as president of Gongdong Golf Association and he established the provincial junior team’s training at Mission Hills since 2009. He is also appointed by One Asia as Secretary-General with a brief to help develop relations with national and international golf bodies. Tenniel has also shared his views and visions for Mission Hills at many golf conferences and tourism trade exhibitions. These include the highly respected international golf event KPMG Golf Business Forum, the Asia-Pacific Golf Development Summit, the Golf Inc. Conference and the International Association of Golf Tourism Organization events. In 2011, inspired by Tenniel and with his assistance, the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), which covers 84 countries and has over 1600 members, established its first office in China, located in Haikou. Tenniel was also the first Chinese national to become a member at the world’s oldest Golf Club – Royal and Ancient Golf Club.
In addition to his duties with Mission Hills, Tenniel is actively involved in Hong Kong and Mainland China charity and community services such as the United Nations Charity Golf event, the Golfers “5.12 Fund Raising Golf Campaign” (the Largest One Day Golf Tournament accredited by the Guinness World Record). In addition, Tenniel was a torchbearer for both Beijing’s 2008 Olympics and Shenzhen’s 2011 Universiade.
He has been awarded:
The Arbor Award by University of Toronto, Canada (September 2008)
Golf Entrepreneur of the Year (2008) by Asian Golf Monthly
2009 Guangzhou Youth Work Dedication Award by Guangzhou Youth Federation
Ken Chu & Tenniel Chu were named Asian Golf Personality of the Year by Asian Golf Monthly.