A2 Golf Inc. Fall 2014
Today, Ken and Tenniel Chu are the most powerful Asians in golf, respected for their leadership and efforts to develop the game.
But not too long ago, the brothers were new
to golf, as was most of Asia.
As boys, they lived in Canada and their home
was adjacent to a golf course, which meant
errant balls would litter their backyard.
“We decided to take these unclaimed stray
golf balls and set up our own little putting
course in our family’s yard, employing the stra-
tegic course design creativity of young kids,”
Tenniel said. “After setting out our holes, we
were ready to play. However, we did not have
putters. So, in a true Canadian, hockey-loving
way, we decided to simply use our hockey
The innovation that Tenniel and Ken brought
to their Canadian backyard is now being
employed as they seek to improve the market-
ability of golf and attract juniors to the game.
(See profile on page 26).
The brothers took over the Mission Hills
Group when their father, Dr. David Chu, passed
away in 2011. Ken had been involved with the
company since he graduated from college in
1995, and Tenniel joined him six years later.
They spearheaded the planning and execution
of Mission Hills Haikou with the Chinese government, starting in 2008. When complete, it
will have 22 golf courses.
Ken Chu leads the organization as chairman and CEO. The company’s operations reach
outside of golf into spas, resorts, hotels, shopping malls, entertainment, dining and business
centers — and they are extremely influential in
promoting professional tour events as well as
world golf competitions for amateurs, professionals and kids.
While the brothers stay keenly focused on
first servicing China, the Chu’s leadership
reaches out to all of Asia. Tenniel, vice chairman of Mission Hills, concurrently serves as the
deputy commissioner of the OneAsia Tour, and
this brings him and the Mission Hills Group
into a powerful leadership role, dealing with
multiple governing bodies of golf in China,
Asia and throughout the world. He is also the
first member fro China in the R&A, which sets
rules for all of Asia.
to take these
golf balls and set
up our own little
putting course in
our family’s yard
of young kids.
After setting out
No. 1 Ken and tenniel Chu
our holes we
were ready to
we did not have
putters. So, in a
way, we decided
to simply use our
Chairman, Vice Chairman
Mission Hills Group
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