Despite the cramped nature of the city, golf has taken Hong Kong by storm. For those who have developed a good swing and are able to play regularly, it can be a relaxing sport. But for anyone learning golf, it can be a game of pure frustration. 'We recommend to beginners that they try to get a feeling for the game first before they commit to becoming a golfer,' explains Roy Lee, manager of Garden Farm Golf Centre ( www.gardenfarmgolf.com ) in Sai Kung. 'It can be an expensive game and takes up a lot of your free time. So it's important you feel good about playing the game before you buy a set of clubs.' A good way to start is to organise a group of friends to have lessons with a professional coach, Lee says. Many driving ranges have Hong Kong Professional Golfers' Association and Hong Kong Senior Professional Golfers' Association accredited coaches available. Group lessons for beginners range from HK$700 to HK$1200 per person for four, one-hour sessions. They cover the basics of holding and swinging a club, and how to practise with different clubs. 'To improve your game, practise on the driving range at least once or twice a week is recommended and getting a round of golf [18 holes] once a week or once every fortnight would be preferable,' Lee says. A few driving ranges are situated on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon, but most are located in the New Territories (for a complete list visit www.hkga.com ). The Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department operates four low-priced driving ranges. A package with unlimited balls for an hour is HK$48. At private ranges, it is HK$35 to HK$60 for 30 minutes, but it's cheaper for members. Annual memberships cost about HK$1,500. At the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course ( www.kscgolf.org.hk ), golfers of all levels are catered for. 'The instruction centre at Kau Sai Chau offers beginners a structured programme from introductory classes, right through to advanced programmes. We have the added benefit of taking our students on to the courses for a real golf experience,' explains Paul Riley, the head golf professional. After completing the introductory classes, students can undertake the Golf Pass course. On completion, this enables them to play on all three courses at Kau Sai Chau. Eight-hour introductory classes are HK$1,480 and the eight-hour Golf Pass classes are HK$1,600. Golfers who have an official handicap are also allowed to play on the courses.