Up to Par: Hong Kong’s Top Golf Courses
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With stellar views and gorgeous weather, the golf courses in Hong Kong are one-of-a-kind. They provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong’s central district. However, whilst there is no doubt that golfing in Hong Kong should be experienced by everyone, memberships to Hong Kong’s exclusive golf courses are a different story. Considered by locals as a financial investment, there is plenty to consider when purchasing your course membership. Whether you are a golf guru or simply seeking a relaxed day out with friends, CSP Times has collated a checklist of the best golf courses Hong Kong has to offer.
Hong Kong Golf Club
This famous Hong Kong Golf Club was founded in 1889. The Fanling-based club provides members with the options of coaches, caddies, and nocturnal-range amenities across its three 18-hole courses. If that is not enough for you then HKGC has a 9-hole sister course in Deep Water Bay. Membership stands full-swing at HK$5 million HKD and the waitlist nearing two years; however, the course is also available for public use and many non-players golf at the club.
Historically, the original course was located in the centre of the Happy Valley Racecourse, however in 1911, the Club was relocated to its central location in Fanling. Annually, the Club presents The Hong Kong Open, and is currently ranked 52 in the world for best golf clubs. In 2018 it was voted the Asian Tour Tournament of the Year as well as Golf Course of the Year. With its historical significance and array of prestigious awards, it is no surprise that HKGC is considered a hole-in-one by many players.
Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course
The self-titled ‘only public golf course in Hong Kong’ was established in 1995 as a community project headed by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. Its mission: to progress the game of golf through publicisation. The club is wholly community-centred as the JCKSC provides lessons to schools in Hong Kong as well as easily accessible and affordable playing for members of the public. Environmentally, they equally strive for development, leading golf courses in China with multiple environmental endeavours. The Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course provides golfers with three courses, located across the picturesque Sai Kung Peninsula. Its island locality delivers panoramic views of the South China Sea.
Shek O Golf & Country Club
Dating back to 1919, this golf club is one of the oldest in Hong Kong. Shek O Golf & Country Club is an incredibly unique experience. Set across a short 18-hole course, players can enjoy a combination of the sea and the valley in the seclusion of the island. The strictly members-only club presents guests with an all-round intimate golf experience, if you are lucky enough to be presented with the opportunity that is. Membership is by referral only, so if you get the invitation to play here be sure not to miss it. Overall, Shek O Golf & Country Club albeit exclusive, is anything but extravagant, which makes for a laid-back and comfortable golf environment.
Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club
With a mission "to provide premier Golf, Yachting, Recreation and Dining services in a friendly manner that exceeds the expectations of members, guests and visitors always", Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club is a must-visit when looking for both exercise and enjoyment. The club is members-only, and prices start at a little under HK$500,000, with six membership options available. Comprised of 18-holes, the course is infamous for their third hole, which has gained the title of one of the best 500 holes in the world. If you prefer, Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club provides spa services and an outdoor swimming pool. Catering to everyone, it allows for a full day of fun with family and friends.
Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy
Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy provides entertainment for all interests. Golf, tennis and swimming are just a few of the activities provided by the club. Situated in Sai Kung, enjoy a day of leisure in coastal paradise. With a balanced approach, the club combines rest and relaxation with activity to create an ambiance of pleasure. Enjoy al fresco dining overlooking the beautiful outdoor swimming pool, or alternatively perfect your game with their hitting stations and Short-Game Course with Toptracer Ball-tracing Technology.