Hong Kong & Macau Travelogue

There may only be half a dozen golf courses or so in Hong Kong but they will be some of the very best that you find in this part of the world. A short boat ride away is Macau so an ideal thing to do would be to play a couple in Hong Kong and then visit the super Macau Golf & Country Club for another couple of rounds. GOLF checks out the best layouts in Hong Kong and Macau.

Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club

This stunning course is probably one of the most scenic in the region and hosted the recent Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. Occupying a cliff top setting on a peninsula which juts out into the South China Sea, it has some spectacular seaside holes. The Ocean Nine with its four opening holes has been described as the ‘most thrilling opening stretch in Chinese golf’. The par-four third demands a tee shot over the ocean before your second shot should land on the green. With the strong winds circling around the first nine, club selection and accuracy off the tee on the front nine is absolutely crucial. The back nine (the Highland), while still providing amazing views, is built over hillier terrain and more sheltered. The par-5 18th is a spectacular finishing hole with a tee shot required over a ravine from all tee boxes. Do take plenty of golf balls due to the water hazards and the thick rough and jungle which line the fairways.

Reciprocal clubs include Laguna National Golf & Country Club, Tanah Merah Country Club, and One 15 Marina Club. Facilities include an executive nine-hole golf course, swimming pool, tennis, squash and badminton courts, table tennis, 300-berth marina, driving range, practice area, clubhouse, bar and restaurants.

    139 Tai Mun Road
    Clearwater Bay
    New Territories
    Ph: +852 2335 3888
    www.cwbgolf.org

The Hong Kong Golf Club


Richard Castka

Venue of the Hong Kong Open in Fanling, New Territories, this private members club was founded in 1889 by a group of golfing enthusiasts in Happy Valley. It now has three courses in Fanling (Old, New and Eden) in addition to a nine-hole course at Deep Water Bay. In Fanling, the Old Course was finished in 1911; the New course was completed in 1931 while the Eden was built in 1970. The Old Course’s first hole, a par-4 - is called The Meadow and you need a well placed tee shot to the right side of the fairway to set up your second shot. It’s not a long hole but be aware of a ditch running front of the green which punishes any short approach shots. Its par-3 seventh (The Bog) has a small elevated green which can prove a hard target to hit. Surrounded by bunkers, the green is flat with only gentle breaks. On the New Course, the par-4 ninth (The Ridge) is a gentle dogleg left hole. The tee shot is blind requiring a drive to the right half of the fairway. There is water on the left catching any wayward shots. The par-3 13th (Short Hole) has water on the left. The ideal shot is to the centre of the green and to avoid the tricky pot bunker on the right. There are subtle breaks on the green. On the Eden layout, the par-4 eighth (Temptation) is a short dogleg left to right which can be played two ways – lay up from the tee towards the left hand bunker which will leave you a short approach shot, or you can try to cut the corner and go for the green if you are a big hitter.

Facilities include accommodation, driving range, golf coaching facilities, clubhouse and restaurants.

    Lot No. 1 Fan Kam Road
    Sheung Shui
    New Territories
    Hong Kong
    Ph: +852 2670 1211
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    www.hkgolfclub.org

The Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course

Located along the rugged coastline of Kau Sai Chau within the scenic port shelter area, the three public 18-hole golf courses have been built in a 250-hectare area; the North and South Courses were designed by Gary Player, while the East Course had the benefit of Nelson and Haworth golf architects. All three offer challenging golf in a spectacular setting with sweeping views of Sai Kung and the South China Sea. They are some of the most picturesque golf courses in Asia and the club has become an environmental sanctuary. Golfers share its 250 hectares with eagles, egrets, and pond herons, as well as the occasional barking deer. The Golf Course has been recognized for its efforts in environmental stewardship through certification as a ‘Certified Audubon Co-operative Sanctuary for Wildlife’.

The South Course, featuring an electric golf cart service, is a friendlier course. With its undulating fairways and foreseeable greens all handicap players are assured a pleasurable game of golf. The North Course is a walking course and provides an exciting round of golf for experienced handicap players. The Course is magnificently sea-framed by the South China Sea and has some wonderfully challenging holes which will entice you to return again and again. The East Course is an electric cart course and is undoubtedly the most spectacular of the three courses with sweeping views out to the South China Sea available from each of its eighteen holes.

Facilities include driving range, short game practice area, pro-shop and catering facilities.

    Kau Sai Chau
    Sai Kung
    New Territories
    Hong Kong
    Ph: +852 2791 3388
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    www.kscgolf.org.hk

The Macau Golf & Country Club

 


Macau Golf and Country Club

MGCC is a private members club however unaccompanied guests are very welcome but may only play by prior arrangement.This course is absolutely gorgeous with its layout and sweeping views of the South China Sea. The club has been meticulously planned to combine a resort ambience with an 18-hole championship golf course, superb amenities, first class international management, attentive service, excellent food and sports, and a vast array of activities which are specially focussed on golf tournaments and tuition. The holes are both memorable and well designed, with narrow, undulating fairways and well protected greens. Multiple varieties of trees, shrubs and natural vegetation add seasonal color to the verdant splendor of the golf course, offering a great experience for every golfer regardless of one’s score. The par-3 sixth has been re-designed and is set to become the club’s signature hole with its island green. Strategically placed bunkers frame the putting suface and are well-positioned to save mis-directed tee shot from ending up in the water. Club selection is key here as the wind swirls around and can be deceptive. The par-3 17th is quite spectacular with its elevated tee box above a big green surrounded by cliffs and scrub land to the right and the South China Sea to the left. Anyhing other than the perfect tee shot will result in disaster.

Facilities include pro-shop, driving range, member’s bar and golfer’s grill, swimming pool, tennis court, sauna, steam room and seaview terrace.

    1918 Estrada de Hac Sa
    Ilha de Coloane
    Macau
    Ph: +853 2887 1188
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    www.mgccmacau.com

HOW TO GET THERE

There are daily flights to Hong Kong on Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways and Tigerair. From Hong Kong to Macau, it’s roughly an hour by ferry.

WHEN TO GO

Hong Kong is wonderful to visit year round, however do be aware that typhoon season is typically May through to November. There are various degrees of warning signals, but Hong Kong has a very good advanced warning system.

WHAT TO DO

    Take a tram up to Victoria Peak
    Visit Man Mo Temple
    Temple Street Night Market
    Sample some of the best local dim sum at the Lin Heung Tea House
    Jump on a Star Ferry and enjoy views of the city from the harbour
    Ocean Park Hong Kong
    Lan Kwai Fong for some nightlife
    Hong Kong Disneyland
    The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island
    Lamma Island for excellent seafood restaurants

WHERE TO STAY

Hong Kong has some of the swankiest hotels in the region as well as mid-range and budget accommodation offerings on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. For a splurge check out the InterContinental Hong Kong, Island Shangri-La, The Ritz-Carlton or The Peninsula.

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