Monster Typhoon Mangkhut devastates Shek O golf course; will be closed for a week as country club counts the cost
Nine holes of the beach-adjacent course left completely submerged on Sunday
The clean-up effort at the golf course of Shek O Country Club will run well into next week after Typhoon Mangkhut caused the lower nine holes of the 99-year-old club to become completely submerged on Sunday.
Downed trees and broken fences will take days to clear as the water retreats, according to the course’s general manager, Paul Brown.
“We got flooded on the lower nine [holes],” Brown said. “There’s a lot of debris everywhere and quite a lot of trees down. We are closed.”
Videos circulated on Sunday showing a section of the golf course, which runs near Shek O beach, completely under water as it is buffeted by the typhoon.
Brown said the typhoon wreaked even more carnage on the club than last year’s Typhoon Hato, which battered Hong Kong and led to the deaths of 12 people in Macau.
“We had a really big one last year as well, but this one was worse, though … It will be at least a week (until we can open up again), providing we don’t get any more rain.”
The coastal village of Shek O was particularly badly affected by the ravages of Mangkhut on Sunday, and Brown said they were hoping for no further rain to give them a chance to repair the damage.
“There are a lot of trees and some of the fences are down. Mainly it’s just sodden at the moment on the lower nine down by Shek O beach. It’s still underwater,” Brown said.
The weather forecast for the next week predicts a dry spell until Friday, when storms are expected to hit the city again.
Elsewhere, a video on Facebook purported to show one of the academy course holes at Clearwater Bay Golf & County Club destroyed by the sea on Sunday.
Typhoon Mangkhut devastated Hong Kong’s sporting weekend with a race meeting at Sha Tin being cancelled as well as a round of Hong Kong Premier League fixtures.
Hong Kong football champions Kitchee’s training facility was badly damaged by the affects of the typhoon, and Aberdeen Sports Ground took a severe hit.