There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in a sport here, but most require a certain skill level. The recently established Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy in Sai Kung offers something for all abilities, and the chance to learn while you play.
When you drive up to the gate at the Academy, the view is quite unexpected. Nestled amongst garden centres at the foot of the hills, surrounded by greenery, the Academy rises up like an oasis. The huge nets of the driving range are the first thing you see from the road, but these are just a small part of the massive Morroccan-inspired facilities, designed by Robert Stern. And the options for sport and recreation are many and varied: indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a gym, dining venues, indoor and outdoor kids’ zones and six swimming pools, as well as a kids’ academy, function rooms and more.
The Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy brings together two world-renowned training academies, the Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf and the Bruguera Tennis Academy, with instructors on hand to train patrons – from absolute beginners to professionals – with tailored programmes. All that’s required is a love for the game and a willingness to learn.
To facilitate the development of each person’s skill set, the Academy offers a total wellness approach, and a variety of leisure experiences. The Fivelements sports wellness retreat offers a full range of treatments to help athletes recover and relax after a day of training.
On top of all this, there are plenty of activities to keep the little ones engaged. Apart from tennis and golf lessons there are also family- friendly barbecues to school holiday workshops and camps. And, if you want to make a weekend of it after your lessons, there’s even onsite accommodation.