Hong Kong is an island, so travel for golf generally includes bridges, tunnels, or ferries--not all that dissimilar from playing while on business in New York City.
Though course choices are limited--and Shek O Country Club admits only members' guests--popular architects have worked here: Gary Player designed the Jockey Club's Kau Sai Chau 36-hole public facility, and Robert Trent Jones Jr. fashioned 18 of Discovery Bay's 27 holes.
Golfers may wish to venture to Macau (for details, visit www.macaugolfandcountryclub.com) or take a day trip into South China, where courses are proliferating.
The Asian golf boom that has given rise to several Asian pro tours is also evident in recreational players spending more time and money on golf, says Hong Kong Golf Association Chief Executive Iain Valentine. As for business, says Valentine, "Golf is getting far more important."
No surprise to those who frequent the city's business district, air pollution can be a factor when playing in Hong Kong. Courses are at their greenest October through December.
Remember that handicap verification may be required. Be prepared not only with your passport but also your USGA handicap card or a letter from your course.
DISCOVERY BAY GOLF CLUB VALLEY ROAD
Discovery Bay, Lantau Island. Thirty minutes by ferry from CBD plus seven minute ride; 30 minutes to club's pier from airport by shuttle bus.
Call:011-852-2987-7273 for information or 011-852-2987-2112 for automatic booking two days in advance.
Green Fee: HK$1,400.
Pullcarts: No charge.
Visitors: Welcome Monday, Tuesday and Friday, excepting holidays. Singles may book a day in advance.
Jade/Diamond (18)-Yardage: 6,582/5,332. Par: 71/71. Slope: 132/126.
Ruby/Jade (18)-Yardage: 6,605/5,334. Par: 71/71. Slope: 130/122.
Diamond/Ruby (18)-Yardage: 6,673/5,374 Par: 72/72. Rating: 135/124.
THE HONG KONG GOLF CLUB
Fanling Lot No. 1, N.T., Hong Kong, 40 minutes from Central Business District; 50 minutes from airport.
Green Fee: HK$1,400. Weekday times only. Book one day in advance.
Old Course (18)-Yardage: 6,232/5,577. Par: 71/72. Rating: 69.3/71.1. Slope: 118/123. Caddie: HK$165.
New Course (18)-Yardage: 6,531/5,609. Par: 70/71. Rating: 70.3/71.1. Slope: 116/ 120. Caddie: HK$220.
Eden Course (18)-Yardage: 6,060/5,373. Par: 70/71. Rating: 70.5/71.2. Slope:124/ 126. Caddie: HK$275.
THE HONG KONG GOLF CLUB DEEP WATER BAY
19, Island Road, Deep Water Bay. Ten minutes from CBD; 40 minutes from airport.
Call: 011-852-2335-3855 for information; 011-852-2812-7070 to book times.
Green Fee: HK$450. Weekday tee times only.
Carts: Not available.
THE JOCKEY CLUB KAU SAI CHAU PUBLIC GOLF CLUB
Kau Sai Chau, Sai Kung.
Holes: 36. Hong Kong's only public course.
North Course-Yardage: 6,692/5,177. Par: 73/73. Green Fee: HK$600/ HK$900.
South Course-Yardage: 5,838/4,651. Par: 69/70. Green Fee: HK$500/850.