Few destinations in Asia offer as much as Hong Kong. In recent years with the expansion of China to the nearby north, Hong Kong has again become a favorite destination for both tourists and business travelers. In this feature we take a look at the golf experience in Hong Kong and how best to enjoy yourself away from the course.
Hong Kong itself is limited with a total of 7 courses - 6 of which are private courses and play is either through member association or through application. It is said that each weekend 50,000 rounds of golf are played outside of Hong Kong by locals who are not able to access the facilities there.
So why then would you play and how can you play in Hong Kong. Simply the golf experience and quality is some of the finest in Asia. Secondly, being a visitor to Hong Kong, you as a non local/resident have a greater chance of playing these fine courses.
So here are our top choices for golf in Hong Kong:
Classified as a public facility however weekdays only open to visitors and weekends on applications. This golf course is located on and Island and offers some of the best views and playing conditions to be experienced anywhere in the world.
The course with the longest history and links to golf in Hong Kong is found at RHKGC. The course is a true championship course which has hosted professional events and in recent times the UBS Hong Kong Open. A challenging course that is sure to test every golfer.
For those of you interested in golf course design then this Robert Trent Jones Jr course is sure to impress. Like the most part of Hong Kong this course blends incredibly into the terrain and offers the ultimate Hong Kong golfing experience.
A favorite amongst the professional tour players this 27 hole facility although not a long course offers a great golfing experience in the New territories area this course is sure to please.
And if the above golfing experiences are not enough then within 2 hours of Hong Kong and across into China you will find some 20 courses that each week accommodate for the increasing demand for golf by golfers both local and traveling to this fascinating part of Asia.
Where to stay - JW Marriott, Hong Kong
The JW Marriot, Hong Kong is our choice. The Hotel is located very close to Hong Kong Central - 2 stops on the MRT and with 602 rooms the hotel offers and array of choices that you come to expect with Marriot around the world. For those wishing to conduct business it is perfectly located. For those wishing to combine business and pleasure you have all the conveniences within the complex from designer brands to nearby markets that are unique to Hong Kong.
A visit to Hong Kong is not without a food experience and at JW Marriott Hong Kong we found the JW California, The Fish Bar and Q 88 Wine bar to be excellent choices.
NWA airlines offer a great service into and out of Hong Kong from Tokyo with and evening flight and morning flights respectively. Perfect for the business traveler and all also those keen golfers not wishing to waste a day and getting an early start the following day.
Paul Jones is based in Tokyo and is currently both principal and managing partner for several projects in the development of the game here in Japan and Asia. Paul has held roles in all facets of the sport and hospitality industry including operations, assett acquisitions, assett management, PR and postioning, branding, retail and education.