13 February 2020
Home to HK’s Oldest Professional Event
The Hong Kong Golf Club at Fanling is home to three 18-hole courses and a practice facility. The course consists of the Old Course, New Course, and Eden Course.
Hong Kong Golf Club was established on the southern side of Hong Kong Island in 1889. The Club expanded its presence with the Fanling site, at the northern side of the New Territories, not far from the border with Shenzhen. The Hong Kong Golf Club at Fanling began with the Old Course, one of three 18-hole courses now at Fanling.
The Old Course opened in 1911 and measures 6,246 yards from the Championships tees. A traditional layout features tree-lined fairways and small greens and places a premium on accuracy rather than length.
Twenty years later, the 6,535-yard New Course opened for play, followed in 1970 by the Eden Course which measures 6,106 yards from the Championship tees. These courses also have narrow fairways and established trees bordering either side.
All of the courses at Fanling play host to international golf events. The Old Course hosts the Hong Kong Ladies Open while the New Course plays host to the Men’s and Ladies Hong Kong Amateur Championships annually. In addition to that, eight holes of the New Course and ten of the Eden Course are combined to create the ‘Composite Course’ for the Hong Kong Open that was inaugurated in 1959.
Despite its status as a private club, Hong Kong Golf Club does permit visitors to play its courses. ParGolf Magazine wrote that over 40 percent of the 120,000 rounds played annually at the club is by non-members.