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Fanling Golf Club ending HK$30m upgrade as land debate rages

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 July, 2013, 5:20am

The Fanling golf club embroiled in a New Territories redevelopment debate is nearing the end of a HK$30 million project to renovate its facilities and improve the irrigation of its golf courses.

It had also planned to renovate its clubhouse this year - but now its future may hang in the balance after development ideas were floated that might see the place ploughed up for housing.

On Friday, the government indicated the Fanling facilities would be part of a new-town study next year. The club has not responded to inquiries from the South China Morning Post.

The club set aside HK$30 million in 2011 for renovation and construction works, its annual report last year showed. That included renovating and returfing the driving range and installing a new irrigation system in all three 18-hole courses.

"This, as all past captains know, is the best way to keep the membership happy," then captain Peter Reed wrote.

The club completed the irrigation network in September, the report showed. It awarded a tender in January for remedial works to a dangerous slope located along Fan Kam Road.

This year, its plans are to start roof works and mechanical and engineering works, and the first phase of clubhouse renovation.

The club, which manages golf courses in Fanling and Deep Water Bay, has 2,501 members. Last year it received HK$76 million in members' subscriptions and recorded an operating surplus of HK$6.2 million. Corporate membership fees are said to exceed HK$10 million on the second-hand market.

A full member told the Post he had waited 20 years for a membership, eventually paying almost HK$500,000.

For the sake of Hong Kong as an international financial centre, we should keep golfing facilities, as foreign businesspeople working here would find it strange if there was not a decent golf course

"For the sake of Hong Kong as an international financial centre, we should keep golfing facilities, as foreign businesspeople working here would find it strange if there was not a decent golf course," he said. "A golf course is not just a sports venue, but a place for the who's who in town to meet and discuss business."

A part-time member also expressed support for the course. "We need world-class sports and cultural activities to attract the best working talent," he said.

 

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impala
"For the sake of Hong Kong as an international financial centre, we should keep golfing facilities, as foreign businesspeople working here would find it strange if there was not a decent golf course," he said. "A golf course is not just a sports venue, but a place for the who's who in town to meet and discuss business."

Best argument I have heard so far to start building housing on the darn course as soon as we can get the concrete trucks assembled.
ianson
What sort of place would Hong Kong be if there were nothing but housing estates and commercial buildings to be found here? Don't make Hong Kong a featureless desert.
mrgoodkat
Hong Kong should rather offer sports venues for everybody and not only for the high earning elite. What we need are public swimming pools, bike lanes, more beaches, soccer pitches, rugby etc.
Oh and housing instead of golf courses.
christina.hagerty
Worst course we have ever played. It's old, run down and stuffy. HK would be better represented by another course. The greens were dry and patchy, traffic noise constant and sub-standard service.
likingming
Ask China for help. We need land resources like water resources. Anyway we are in ONE country. Integrate with China in this particular aspect, the sooner the better.
aplucky1
I play golf
plow this relic down
it is a horrible course anyway, they take terrible care of it
ten million - ha

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