Five Minutes with Tom Phillips

The Hong Kong-based CEO of the Faldo Series, Sir Nick Faldo's industry-leading youth development programme, tells us about a solid showing at Chung Shan, his thrill for watching the likes of Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng and why football hard man Vinnie Jones would be in his dream fourball

When did you start playing?

Tom PhillipsI started when I was 10. My dad and I would play at St Enodoc, a lovely seaside links in Cornwall in southern England, on our summer holidays. There are two courses at the club – the well known Church Course and the much shorter Hollywell; it was the latter where we spent most of our time. It must have made quite an impression as I'm now a member there.

How often do you play?

What with work and family duties I probably average only one round every month.

What's been your best ever round?

My lowest score to par was an 81 I had on the Palmer Course at Chung Shan Hot Spring, the first course in modern China, across the border in Guangdong. My most memorable round, however, was the one I had at Royal Wimbledon Golf Club in London a few years ago which included my first – and so far only – hole in one. It was on Good Friday, so the clubhouse was closed, making it one of the most inexpensive aces in history!

Do you have a favourite course?

Anything by Faldo Design! But seriously, our project at Laguna Lang Co in Vietnam, which has just opened, is definitely a favourite. It's a great course anyway, but because I was involved with it from the start, in my capacity as Asia-Pacific director for the course design arm of Sir Nick's company, it's very special to me on a personal level.

Laguna Lang Co in Vietnam


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