Located at the beautiful south side of Hong Kong island and right next to Deepwater Bay beach, this is the oldest golf club in Hong Kong, opened for the rich and famous all the way back from 1898 in the good old English colonial days, this exclusive club is also an extension of the main Fanling golf club with three 18 holes (membership worth millions of HK$).
Although I frequently drive past the club, I’d never got round to play on this little course. (Possibly due to a friend once told me it’s bit boring). But woke up one beautiful February morning and…was dying for a round and since as I didn’t fancy my chance walking in Kau Sai Chau (may have to wait for hours), so I decided to give it a try and see if I can be paired up with the Hong Kong’s wealthiest – Mr. Li (I was told he is a regular there) but unfortunately there was no sign of him anywhere.
I did, however, ask another single golfer to join me on my 2nd 9, a nice American lady (thanks for the coffee, by the way).
Fairway & Green maintenance
A mix feeling here, as two or may be three greens were under repair and were covered with sand, but the ‘normal’ ones were in reasonably good condition.
Fairways were on the firm side…taking a divot would be difficult but the condition were reasonably ok, landscaping and view on the course was also pleasing.
One thing worth mentioning is that despite the course is right next to Island Road with traffic(even double deckers) running up and down , it was amazingly quite.
Caddy Service & knowledge
The caddy was nice and very courteous but didn’t give too much information about the lines of the greens.
As with other executive course, it consists of 8 short par 3s and 1 par 4 for men (7 par 3s & 2 par 4s for ladies), the fairways and greens are basically flat with very little undulations but if you think they are pushovers, think again. I am a 19 handicapper and struggled to land the approach on some of the small and elevated greens.
Anything other than a soft landing on the centre will roll back down or inside the green side bunkers
I was expecting a boring day out on this short course but as it turned out, I actually had to work on lots of chipping and long putts just to save par and… bogey on some of the tougher holes, I certainly got my money’s worth at the end (golfers are funny sort of people, aren’t we?).
Anyway, I was very pleased to have tried out the course and was impressed by service of the staff and the beautiful surrounding area.
I can only recall two setbacks here, the first is the layout of the fairways are very confusing as some of them seem to overlaps the other, if you are here the first time, get a caddy and do look out for golfers within the vicinity, the other is the warm up area as my partner refers it as the cage.
If you are a busy executive like me and can’t afford a whole day out for golf, this will be quite a good place as it only took me just over a little more than 2 hours for two 9 holes.