WORLD AMATEUR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020
Host: Hong Kong Golf Association
Location: Hong Kong, China
Espirito Santo Trophy from 14th to 17th October 2020
Eisenhower Trophy from 21st to 24th October 2020.
THE HONG KONG GOLF CLUB
Comprising three 18-hole championship courses at its Fanling site close to the border with Mainland China and a picturesque 9-hole layout aside the tranquil waters of Deep Water Bay in the south of Hong Kong Island, The Hong Kong Golf Club has built a reputation as one of Asia’s foremost clubs, one that boasts a long and remarkable history.
Established in 1889 at Happy Valley – which is better-known today as a world-renowned horseracing venue – The Hong Kong Golf Club moved to its current location in the northern New Territories in the early years of the 20th century after outgrowing its original site, which it shared with a number of other sports that were quickly gaining popularity in the former British colony.
The courses at Fanling, which are complemented by a splendid colonial-era clubhouse and myriad leisure amenities, offer three distinct challenges, and while neither the Old Course (established in 1911), the New (1931) nor the Eden (1968) can be considered lengthy by today’s standards, their tree-lined fairways, generally small, well-protected greens and classic design features make them a unique proposition in China, where modern-style layouts tend to dominate.
The Hong Kong Golf Club has the distinction of having hosted the annual Hong Kong Open, the second oldest professional golf event in Asia, every year since 1959, making it the one of only two clubs in the world – the other being Augusta National, home of the Masters Tournament – to have been the venue for the same tournament for over 50 consecutive years.
From fairly humble beginnings, the Hong Kong Open, which is today played over a Composite Course of holes taken from the New and Eden Courses, has blossomed into one of the most prominent tournaments in the region. Co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours, the event has been won by no less than ten different Major champions, including such luminaries as Rory McIlroy, José María Olazábal, Greg Norman and Peter Thomson, and has provided a collection of the most exciting finishes in Asian golf history.
THE CLEARWATER BAY GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB
The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club has often been described as Asia’s answer to Pebble Beach and the comparison to that famous Californian US Open venue is highly justified. Situated on a rocky peninsula that juts out into the South China Sea only 45 minutes from Hong Kong’s central business district, holes one thru four play within sight and sound of ocean spray and crashing waves, offering perhaps the most beautiful and thrilling stretch in Greater China. The par-4 third, which calls for a mighty drive from the back tee over the ocean, is the signature hole and among the most spectacular anywhere in the world.
Not that the rest of the holes disappoint. Far from it. The back nine, which is named the “Highland Nine”, in contrast to the opening “Ocean Nine” has been routed over shifting topography and features a fun variety of holes, including the exceptional 13th and 18th, which feature jungle-filled ravines that must be traversed from the tee.
First opened in 1982, The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club benefitted significantly from a 2006 remodel by five-time Open champion Peter Thomson’s design company that transformed the course into a true championship test. In 2015, the club was rewarded for its world-class nature by being chosen to host the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, the most widely televised amateur golf event in the world and is the brainchild of the Masters Tournament, The R&A and the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation. The event was won by China’s Jin Cheng, who received an invitation to play in the Masters in April 2016 as a result.
Widely considered as one of the best maintained courses in the region, The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club has been earmarked to host two rounds of the men’s World Amateur Team Championship, where nations compete for the prized Eisenhower Trophy.
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