Used as a regular tournament venue, the Fanling Course at the Hong Kong Golf Club is actually a composite layout comprised of ten holes from the clubs Eden Course (1970) and 8 from the New Course (1931). There is also an Old Course here, and like St Andrews even a double green.
This is where the similarities end sadly, for the HKGC, charming as it is, offers a rather subdued golfing experience to members and visitors alike. Fanling is a nice classic-era layout that has some interesting undulation, established old trees and a handful of decent golf holes. Most of these are early and on the Eden Course, with the par three 5th a particular favourite. The middle section here is flatter and more dull, with trees affecting play a little too often and rendering some of the fairway traps useless. Later in the round the left-bending 13th is a fun hole, as is the 16th and the famous finishing par four.
Across Fanling the course conditions are usually very good, and the grasses employed here for golf are most suitable for the ground game. Though a step down from the greats of the golden age, Fanling is still a solid golf course and a benchmark for some of the newcomers in this region.