Jeffrey Wang and Tony Yu have always loved golf–as a teen, Jeffrey was captain of the Hong Kong International School golf team. Now they’ve parlayed their passion for the links into a winning concept: Hi Tee Golf, a state-of-the-art virtual golf studio in Taikoo Place’s Cambridge House. The gorgeous new facility covers an entire floor and boasts 4 golf studios and 3 premium golf rooms where you can sharpen your skills between meetings, or gather for some healthy fun with friends, family and colleagues. The co-founders of Hi Tee Golf take some practice swings at our questions, and explain why virtual golf is set to be a game-changer for golfers, as well as a terrific addition to the Taikoo Place community.
Team player or solo sportsman?
Jeffrey: I’m more of a solo sportsman. If I want to shoot a low round of golf, my success depends on me, and how I meet the physical, technical and mental challenges. Off the course, however, I’m a team player.
Tony: Both! When playing team sports I love the feeling of doing my part well and not letting anyone down. But I love golf because you can play by yourself whenever and as much as you want.
Describe the most important decision you’ve made in your career… and tell us how it worked out.
Jeffrey: I used to be an accountant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers–I’ve been a CPA since 2010. But I could never sit still and slave away at a desk. In 2011, I decided to quit accountancy and work towards a career as a touring professional golfer. I spent 3 years overseas in rigorous elite golf programmes. Although I didn’t turn professional, I was able to reduce my handicap from 3 to +3. I have been representing the Hong Kong Golf Club for over 10 years and I still actively compete.
Simulation vs. real life – which do you prefer?
Tony: Real life without question. Out on the course is where you learn how to handle real life situations. But the fastest way to improve your swing is on the simulator with precise ball and club data, and instant video feedback. It's so important when I am working on my swing to be able to see every swing in instant playback.
Hi Tee Golf taps into Hong Kong’s love affair with the sport. Why do you think golf is such a winning activity in HK, and why did you decide to bring it to the Taikoo Place community ?
Jeffrey: There are more than 100,000 golfers in Hong Kong–but only 5 golf clubs. The demand for golf is huge in Hong Kong, but we’re limited by our available land and space. Thankfully, golf simulation technology has improved tremendously, making it extremely attractive to enjoy golf in an indoor simulated setting. And at Hi Tee, golfers can choose to play their favourite golf courses without leaving Taikoo Place!
Our favourite golf courses in the world (and in Hong Kong) are….
Jeffrey: Pebble Beach Golf Links in California. The course was magnificent, the scenery mind boggling. My favourite Hong Kong golf course is the Hong Kong Golf Club at Fanling. It opened in 1911 and is Hong Kong’s first 18-hole championship course. Each hole is surrounded by lovely tree lined fairways and the landscape is gorgeous.
Tony: I enjoy Pattaya Country Club in Thailand, and my father plays at Horton Park in Surrey, where I sometimes join him. My Hong Kong favourite is the old course at Fanling, but I also love the water and dramatic setting of Clearwater Bay.