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Louie Chan talks to the President of Hong Kong Golf Association about his favourite course and most memorable moment on a golf course.
Harald Dudok van Heel, President of the HKGA, talks about his favourite course and most memorable moment on a golf course.
When did you start playing and where?
I started playing approximately 15 years ago, mainly in China and during holidays in Australia and Europe.
How often do you play?
I like to play twice a week on Saturdays and Sundays, but as I travel a lot that does not always happen.
What's been your best ever round?
Can’t remember. When you are a pretty average club player as I am, a good round is any one where you have more pars than double bogeys.
Do you have a favourite course in HK?
Hong Kong does not have many courses, but they are all pretty good. I like playing at my home club, Shek-O. The club completed the course renovation works last year and now we have 18 beautiful greens that will be great to putt on the whole year round. I also like the composite course at Fanling which I get to play once a year during the pro-am of the UBS Hong Kong Open when it is always in perfect condition. Clearwater Bay is another great course I enjoy playing in Hong Kong.
And your favourite in the world?
There are so many. I enjoy playing the links courses at St. Andrews and Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland, which I play a few times during my summer holidays. The view of the Alps is spectacular and playing at an altitude of 1,500 meters in dry air means that your ball will travel a lot further.
What have been your most memorable moment on a golf course?
When I aced the 9th at Shek-O. I didn’t hit the ball that well, but it all came good when it landed 8 feet in front of the hole and rolled into it.