It isn’t hard to find golf courses in Hong Kong. It is harder to find a golf course that will let you through the doors. Most are private members clubs, and many don't accept guests. But there are a few generous exceptions.
Below is our pick of the best golf courses in Hong Kong that have a guest member option and a profile of Hong Kong's beautiful public golf course. You’ll need your handicap card and passport for all of the below, and expect green fees to be at the high end of exorbitant.
You can get more information on courses and golfing in the city via the Hong Kong Golf Association.
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The only true public golf course in Hong Kong, the Jockey Club’s Kau Sai Chau Golf Course is one of the best in the region. Set on an island just off the coast from Sai Kung, these stunning 36-hole links, designed by Gary Player, are reached by dedicated ferry. The course is only open to non-Hong Kong residents during the week, with fees starting at around HK$700 for a trip around eighteen holes. The South China Sea that rings the course makes for plenty of Kodak moments.
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Steeped in tradition, Hong Kong’s first golf club was set up in 1889 with the original Deepwater Bay course built just ten years later. This 9-holer is still one of the most exclusive clubs in town. Visitors need to ring in advance to play the links which are open to nonmembers weekdays at a cost of HK$500 for a round. They also have a full 18-hole course at Fanling which is host to the yearly Hong Kong open.
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A stunning setting on the tip of the Clearwater Bay Peninsula in the New Territories, the clubs 18 holes are open at all times to nonmembers, although at HK$2000 a round it doesn’t come cheap. Golf is only half the story here and you'll also find a spa, swimming pool and a couple of very good restaurants. There are a marina and helicopter pad on site for those who want to make a dramatic entry and you do need to call in advance.
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Discovery Bay Golf Club
As famous for its clubhouse views as the greens, the three nine-hole courses at Discovery Bay are perched high up on the mountains above Lantau and offer incredible views over the South China Sea. Head for the Golfer’s Terrace to soak in the view and enjoy a glass of wine from the club’s stellar menu. The course swings open as early as 7 am, although non-members need to get in touch at least two days in advance to gain entrance.