In a region of the world where playing golf is still seen as a sure sign of wealth, Hong Kong’s Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course relies on the brilliance and affordability of its courses to draw golfers from all social strata. The club’s third eighteen, the East Course, opened in April, making the craggy, windswept island of Kau Sai Chau (a thirty-minute drive from downtown Hong Kong plus a fifteen-minute ferry ride) worth the excursion more than ever. Designed by the Singapore-based architectural firm Nelson & Haworth, the East Course occupies mountainous terrain—the cart path is almost ten miles long, as strong an indicator as any of the kind of topography involved. But despite its reliance on carts (which, unfortunately, are mandatory), the course will thrill all who venture to play it. There are breathtaking views of the South China Sea from all eighteen holes, and with numerous ravines and bluffs to be negotiated over the course of a round, this is not a layout for the fainthearted. Numerous holes could have been deemed the East’s signature, but that honor goes to the fourteenth (pictured), a short par four with a clifftop fairway and green that jut marvelously out into the sea.
Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau, East Course
Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong.
Nelson & Haworth, 2008.