Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club
The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club, like Kai Sai Chau, has some pretty amazing views but is quite short, even from the back tees. Good players (single digit handicappers) will find themselves hitting irons off most tees if you’re playing to shoot a good number. Most of the holes you can hit driver, but the risk is just too severe to warrant hitting driver if you’re looking to shoot a good score or have a few dollars on the line. There’s some great holes out there despite Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club being short, even the first, unusually a Par 3, is a good one.
The 18th, is a great short risk-reward Par 4, down the hill and around a cliff, you can choose to cut off as much as the severe dogleg over a huge ravine as you want. We once pulled it way left of where were aiming and left ourselves with just a wedge in hand to this Par 5. There’s many other good, good golf holes at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club and it’s definitely worth playing. You can play Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club as a visitor on weekdays from 9:30a.m until 11:30a.m except public holidays and wednesdays, for HKD$2,200, cheaper if you’re a HKID holder. Not cheap, but if you have a good day, it’s definitelty a good day out and worth the trip.
Getting to Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club will take you about an hour from Central, bit less if you leave early and bit longer if you leave in the middle of the peak hour. It’s a nice track for sure, usually in good condition and if you get a good day, it’s just a really great golf day out in Hong Kong. Don’t hold your breath if you’re looking to get a membership at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club but if you’ve recently moved to Hong Kong it’s definitely worth playing every few months for that price.
Here’s a quick tour of Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club in Hong Kong:
Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club begins with a rare Par 3, down the hill, playing around 200 yards. This is one of the few times you’ll want to make absolutely sure you don’t take too much club as long is dead. If you end up short of the green you’ll at least yourself a relatively straightforward chip, especially if the pin is at the front. The Par 5 second at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club is one of our favourite holes on the course and perhaps one of the most photographed holes in Hong Kong Golf. Unless you’re prepared to take on the massive ocean cliff, it’s a three shot hole but with a blind second, it’s not easy layup. The approach is perhaps one of the best views at golf courses in Hong Kong.
The Par 4 3rd hole at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club is maybe the most intimidating drive in Hong Kong, trouble right, left and a view worth paying for, you must hit the fairway to give yourself a chance at birdie or Par. This is one of the best par 4’s in Hong Kong golf. The 4th is a relatively straight forward Par 3 which you’ll be hitting iron into. Hole 5 at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club is a good par 5 up the hill. Hole 6 is a difficult Par 3 playing arounf 200 yards and you can make a big number here in a heartbeat by hitting just a little wayward shot. Hole 7 is probably our favourite short Par 4 in Hong Kong. It’s across water, plays about 240-260 yards and is definitely reachable but keeping the ball on the green is almost impossible with Driver and even 3 Wood. You can hit iron off the tee but that’s no cup of tea either. 8 is a tiny little dogleg left up the hill. You could have a go but the risk is just not worth the reward. 9 at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club is also a short Par 4, up the hill, probably not reachable for most people and a fairway wood or even iron off the tee is the smart play.
Come back soon for the back nine at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club.
You can check out the Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club website here to see other rules and regulations for visitors and find out how to book tee times there.