Northern Delight

Paul Riley, head professional at The Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course, is smitten with the twelfth on the Gary Player-designed North Course

Kau Sai Chau North Course 12thHaving said all that, my overall pick is the twelfth on the North Course. At 521 yards from the back tee and playing slightly downhill, it’s a hole most recreational golfers can reach in regulation. Distance is not really the concern. What I like so much about it is the location of the fairway bunkers (especially that mischievously placed one right in the middle at around 220 yards from the tee) and the movement of the fairway—left, right, left. Red stakes line the entire left hand side of the hole, which really threatens the longer hitters, while the typically dense Kau Sai Chau rough comes into play for those who stray too far to the right. From the tee and centre of the fairway you’re afforded terrific views of the ocean lying beyond the course. Played with a bit of respect the hole offers up par and birdie opportunities. But ignore its dangers and it has the potential to bite back hard.


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