12 July 2005

MACAU- gambling is not the only game in town  

Think Macau and you think of the tiny former Portuguese colony near Hong Kong. If you've been there, you'll know that the area offers more betting action than Las Vegas. What you may not know is that you can play your chips in the Sands, or out of the sand on some nice golf courses.

With only one course currently available and another to be completed at the end of the year, golf in Macau is still a work in progress. However, when visiting, you will find spending a few days golfing while taking in the variety of attractions worthwhile.

The first choice is the Macau Country Club, located on Coloane Island, beside the Westin Macau Resort. The course winds itself across the top of a mountain, where you can take in views of the surrounding sea while playing some great coastline holes. This course hosts the Macau Open, a popular stop on the Asian PGA Tour, so you can be assured that the design, playing conditions and golf experience are top notch.

The soon-to-be finished Orient Golf Club rests upon Taipa Strip, reclaimed land on Taipa Island, between Coloane and Macau. This pure links course has been designed with more than just the resort traveler in mind. Its exposed position, natural hazards, course length and design create an enjoyable golf experience. If you are looking for more excitement, the adjacent, massive casinos being built, such as the Venetian, will surely test your luck.

In addition to golf, Macau features some stunning architecture, good shopping and, last but not least, some excellent food. All in all, itfs a great diversion from Hong Kong.

Getting there

Cathay Pacific flies daily to Hong Kong from Japan, and ferries operate between HKIA and Macau ferry terminal daily.
Website: www.cathaypacific.com

Staying there

The Westin-Macau is the place to stay for any golfer. The clubhouse is linked to this 5-star hotel, with great facilities and first class service. The location is peaceful and tranquil, overlooking Hac Sa beach and just a twenty-minute taxi or bus ride to the 24-hour excitement of downtown Macau.
Website: www.westin-macau.com

Paul Jones, 12 July 2005

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  • About Paul
    Paul Jones is the current Director of Education for Accordia Golf here in Japan. A AAA Australian PGA professional Paul has been involved in all facets of the sport and hospitality industry for the past 15 years.

    Paul has worked on all major professional golf tours around the world for the past 10 years with leading players and instructors in the development of the game.

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