From the President
Among the many sports of the world, perhaps not many have as misunderstood reputation as golf. To some, the sport of golf may seem an antiquated, elitist or backwards institution. But as those who play it know, the golf governing organisations and golf itself is preparing to make leaps and bounds to modernise and adapt to the 21st century.
In late April, the Hong Kong Golf Association was honoured with an invitation to attend the 10th R&A International Golf Conference. The centrepiece of the conference was naturally the upcoming golf rules modernisation, scheduled for 2019. The R&A has focused on making the game more streamlined, appealing to the upcoming generations of young golfers, and accessible to beginners and amateurs, while at the same time respecting the tradition and spirit of the original Rules of Golf.
Not only that, but sessions focusing on supporting amateur golf were heartening to me. Given that Hong Kong has a vibrant amateur golf scene, with many local competitors who head overseas to represent our city, these efforts on making golf more accessible to and supportive of both fresh inductees into the game, are a great boon for this city.
Part of the R&A’s efforts to modernise and revamp the rules of golf is, particularly, to make it easier to translate it into the many languages of the world, and to make it more open to the different conditions that golf is played in. When the original Rules of Golf were first compiled in 1744, who could’ve imagined a tiny fishing village in the South China Sea would one day become dynamic golfing city?
I must mention and congratulate our CEO, Danny Lai, and his team, who came in second in the golf competition for delegates at the Old Course. And many thanks to the R&A for inviting the HKGA, and many other delegates from around the world, to discuss and be a part of what promises to be an exciting new phase in the history of golf.
Harald Dudok van Heel President
Hong Kong Golf Association
President Harald Dudok van Heel (centre) attends the 10th R&A International Golf Conference
Danny Lai, CEO of HKGA (far right) and his team came in second in the golf competition for delegates at the Old Course