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Hong Kong’s Fanling golf course is no playground for the elite

  • The Hong Kong Open draws thousands of spectators, while corporate golf days involve many ordinary employees all year
  • The Hong Kong Golf Club also organises charity, community youth and non-golfing activities, such as nature walks
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 January, 2019, 8:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 January, 2019, 8:00am

To begin with, I declare I am a member of the Hong Kong Golf Club. Like the vast majority of members, I am far from being one of the elite, just an ordinary guy fortunate enough to have joined this club many years ago when it was not too expensive and had limited facilities compared to today. I am sure many members of other private recreation clubs in Hong Kong can empathise.

I find it quite infuriating when Hong Kong television reports on the Fanling land issue and the only images we ever seem to see are of one or two elderly members whacking golf balls in the middle of a wide open expanse with no one else in sight.

An accurate presentation would show the many thousands of members of the public who gather here to watch the Hong Kong Open each year, the heavy traffic on the courses created by numerous corporate golf days involving many ordinary employees throughout the year, and the many groups of golfers from overseas who come to Hong Kong principally to experience our club, but also spend significant amounts of tourist dollars experiencing this amazing city of ours.

Most importantly, the club organises charity activities, community youth activities and non-golfing activities, such as nature walks for local communities and schools. Not to mention the special concessions given to local villagers and significant discounts offered to Hong Kong ID holders at frequent times throughout the year.

Let’s have some proper perspective here, not just the screams from the gallery about cheap housing and the wealthy elite.

The modern Hong Kong Golf Club is far from the exclusive club of old, if it ever was such a thing since its move to the uninhabited wasteland of Fanling so many years ago. It is an extremely valuable asset to the entire community.

G. Bailey, Ta Kwu Ling