Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Fore a Great Time

Along the King’s Road in Quarry Bay, just opposite exit C of the MTR, there’s an unsuspecting building with an unwelcoming lift to a golfing paradise, the very aptly named Golf Hideaway. You can tee off at some of the world's best golf courses before settling into the club house for a cheeky drink and bite to eat, wind down with a workout on the treadmill or bench-press your body weight and relax with a massage to ease out the knots and tiredness you’ve built up throughout the day. To top it off, you can knock about on a pool table, and you don’t have to run the risk of getting sun burned or whether or not you’re properly kitted out for the golf course. Purists may scoff at the idea of playing on a golfing simulator, and indoor gamers will stick to the Wii, but there’s much more to it than that.

If, like me, you can’t really afford to golf in Hong Kong and lugging a set of clubs over to China doesn’t appeal, then Golf Hideaway does a great job of satisfying your golfing fix. Pick from dozens of PGA standard courses, such as St. Andrews, Augusta and Wentworth, and then you can start swinging away. The best part of the golf simulator is that you don’t have to worry about losing your ball! The chances are, it’ll be right in front of you every time after it hits the screen. OK, so the game play isn’t perfect, and putting is a bit of a non event (if you get within 6 feet of the hole, it’s a gimme). However, it at least gives your driving range practice a purpose. Unfortunately, you don’t get to drive a buggy around, but there are plenty of lazy boy style chairs about to lounge out on should you feel the need.

So, all in all, shelling out $190 per hour on a glorified driving range isn’t really that bad. You’re not just paying to go on a driving range, but the entire Golf Hideaway experience; the beautiful décor, relaxed setting, conversation with knowledgeable pros and excellent service. True, there’s a dodgy elevator with a guy who’s sat in the corner seemingly doing nothing, but that’s a small price to pay. You don’t only get to smash golf balls into a screen, but you can do it with a group of friends and then go for a few rounds of drinks and relaxation without moving too far at all. Getting to the clubhouse from the 18th green has never been so easy!

Contact details
Golf Hideaway Ltd
Unit C & D, 5/F, Tung Chong Building
657-659 King's Road
Quarry Bay
Hong Kong

Tel: 2561 2005

Pricing $190 per hour for 1 person

Images: Golf Hideaway

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