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Local events: Doug Williams shines again at the Seniors Open THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE HONG KONG GOLF ASSOCIATION VOTED THE REGION’S NO 1 GOLF MAGAZINE HKGOLFER.COM DECEMBER 2015 ISSUE 107 DARREN CLAKE AND JEEV MILKHA SINGH INTERVIEWS + $50 DISPLAY UNTIL 15 JAN ASIA-PACIFIC'S BEST NEW COURSES

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Race proven Sport 78, 88, 98 Serket 88, 98 Stealth 90 Exclusive offer to readers of HK Golfer FREE sea trial in the Scorpion Serket 98. Your chance to experience the legend for yourself, call or email us now to make your booking! If you are one of that rare breed for whom only the best is good enough you’ll appreciate why Scorpions make the perfect luxury performance RIB, chase boat or superyacht tender. Each is unique, but shares a heritage of innovation and a W O R L D C L A S S L U X U R Y P E R F O R M A N C E

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Your performance sets you apart from the crowd. So should your boat. Strike 90 Selene 98 Sting 108 Custom hull design that has been developed over 20 years of recordbreaking offshore ocean passages to deliver a soft, comfortable and safe ride with outstanding performance in all conditions. When you deserve the best, demand the best. Scorpion RIBS Hong Kong, HFS, Neich Tower, Suite 6 E, 6th Floor, 128 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong. t: +852 25118337 m: +852 91993860 e: scorpion@hkgolfer.com R I B S F R O M 6. 5 M T O 1 2 M A N D B E Y O N D

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R ET I E F G O O SE N ON T H E N IC HOL L S SPI NA L With two US Open titles and 34 professional wins, Retief Goosen has guaranteed his place as one of the greats of the game. Here, though, he talks about another passion of his… As a pro-golfer my career depends on my health. In 2012, when I started experiencing back pain, it got so bad at one point I thought my career might be over. Luckily, I had a disc problem that was fixable with surgery. I received that surgery and returned to the game feeling 20 years younger. Injury is a part of life for most sportspeople. But what if there had been no surgery? No treatment? A big part of my life would have been over. I was lucky that time. I learned about the devastating realities of spinal cord injury through my friend David Nicholls. His son Daniel was injured while swimming on Bondi Beach. At 18, he lost virtually all feeling, function and movement below his neck. And there is no cure for that. For an athlete, sportsperson or any individual, being injured and having to go through rehabilitation with no chance of recovery is life altering. It can take away your career chances, your physical independence, and it’s a huge psychological and financial challenge too. I’m a father and I can understand why David could not give up hope that Daniel might one day be cured of paralysis. He set up the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (nsif) to fund research into developing a treatment. I am honoured to be a patron of nsif and it has realised some amazing achievements. The work nsif funds has made a breakthrough that has opened the door to a cure for paralysis.

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W H Y H E SU PP ORT S I N J U RY F OU N DAT ION With just a small team behind the charity, it relies on supporters like myself to spread the word. With the support of HK Golfer, I’m trying to raise global awareness about the incredible work they are funding. You can find all the information regarding their research on their website www.nsif.org.uk/breakthrough. I’ve been fortunate in my life: pursuing a sport I love, competing and winning in major tournaments, and just recently alongside my golfing career, I now own and help run a fine wine company, Goose Wines (www.thegoosewines.com). However, as readers of this magazine will know, the greatest pleasure from good fortune is being able to share it. Funding medical research to develop a cure for spinal injury is an initiative I am proud to support. The Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation’s aim is clear and simple: to create a world where spinal cord injuries can be fixed; where no one will ever hear the news that they are permanently paralysed from a spinal injury. What’s more, nsif has already made real progress and is on an extraordinary path. If you’re reading this, you could have the opportunity to make a difference – to contribute towards medical history. The potential benefits of doing so are immeasurable. This research could help people currently suffering from spinal cord injury, but it could also improve the lives of millions of people who will become paralysed in future. With your help, and the work of the pioneering scientists nsif funds, one day, people who suffer a spinal cord injury will hopefully know they have been given a setback in life – not a sentence. If you are interested in the benefits of supporting nsif through personal or corporate philanthropy, please contact mike@nsif.org.uk www.nsif.org.uk

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| CONTENTS HK Golfer Issue 107 December 2015 52 On the Cover: The spectacular Cape Wickham Links on King Island in Australia features in our round-up of the best new courses to have opened in Asia-Pacific in recent times. Photo courtesy of Cape Wickham Links Features 36 | Tales from the Box O u r g lob e t rot t i ng cor re sp ondent d i she s out h i s “Jules” awards after an intriguing 2015 season on the professional tours. By Julian Tutt Plus… 20 | In Focus A pictorial review of the last 30 days – locally and globally. By The Editors 38 | By Design 29 | Tee Time HK Golfer’s award-winning architectural editor discusses the highlights of the year from a course design point of view. By Paul Jansen A look at the new Yacht-Master model from Rolex. By The Editors 52 | Captain Singh 40 | Tour Insider 24 -year-old English pro Tyrrell Hatton shares the secrets that have helped him notch five top-10 finishes this season. By Tyrrell Hatton A Q&A interview with Jeev Milkha Singh, Asian Team captain, ahead of next month’s EurAsia Cup in Malaysia. By The Editors 56 | Christmas Crackers 46 | Doug Digs Deep AFP (Milka Singh); Daniel Wong (trophy) Doug Williams continued his winning ways at the Hong Kong Golf Club last month with victory at the Seniors Open. By The Editors St il l st uck for gift ideas t his fest ive season? Check out these fabulous options from the HK Golfer Store. By The Editors 68 | Tour News 50 | 2016 Ageas HKPGA Championship Nick Faldo urges new approach to course design. By The Editors Former PGA Championship winner Rich Beem looks to end Unho Park’s amazing run at January’s HK$500,000 championship, which boasts best-ever field. By Alex Jenkins 70 | Crossword This month’s competition: what’s in a (nick)name? Dr Milton Wayne 50 12 HK GOLFER・DEC 2015 62 | Cover Story 74 | Final Shot We take a look at the most breathtaking new courses to have opened in Asia-Pacific in recent years. By Alex Jenkins W it h D a r r e n C l a rke , E u r op e ’s Ryd e r C up captain for the 2016 match at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Interview by Alex Jenkins HKGOLFER.COM

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HK Golfer Editor: Alex Jenkins email: alex.jenkins@hkgolfer.com Editorial Assistant: Cindy Kwok Senior Editor: Roy Kinnear Photo Editor: Daniel Wong Contributing Editors: Lewine Mair, Robert Lynam, Evan Rast, Ben Oliver, Julian Tutt, Lucy Jenkins Published by: THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE HONG KONG GOLF ASSOCIATION DECEMBER 2015 • Issue 107 TIMES INTERNATIONAL CREATION Times International Creation Limited 10A Lockhart Centre 301-307 Lockhart Road Hong Kong Phone: +852 3590-4153 Fax: +852 3590-4533 Publisher: Charles McLaughlin Art Director: Derek Hannah Assistant Designer: Mimi Cheng Office Manager: Moira Moran 68 88 D E PA R T M E N T S 16 Mailbag 18 Divots 22 Local Focus 24 Global Focus 29 Clubhouse 44 Around the HKGA 48 HKGA News 58 Tee Time Special 60 Events 68 Tour News In association with: www.thymedesign.hk Advertising: For advertising information, please contact: ads@hkgolfer.com For purchasing information contact: sales@hkgolfer.com For subscription information contact: subs@hkgolfer.com Hong Kong Golf Association Suite 2003, Olympic House 1 Stadium Path, So Kon Po Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Phone (General): +852 2504-8659 Fax: +852 2845-1553 Phone (Handicaps): +852 2504-8197 Fax: +852 2504-8198 Email: info@hkga.com handicaps@hkga.com HK GOLFER is published by Times International Creation, 10A Lockhart Centre, 301-307 Lockhart Road, Hong Kong. HK GOLFER is published monthly © 2015 by Times International Creation. Published in Hong Kong. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is strictly prohibited. PRINTED IN HONG KONG. 14 HK GOLFER・DEC 2015 HKGOLFER.COM

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