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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.

HK Golfer - - Contents - In­ter­view by Louie Chan

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.

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