UBS Hong Kong Open 2010: Course Review

Where the Open Will be Won (and Lost). The Composite Course at The Hong Kong Golf Club has withstood the test of time magnificently. Alex Jenkins highlights the holes that will play a deciding factor in determining the winner of this year's UBS Hong Kong Open.

While the Asian golf boom has given rise to many new events and spectacular championship courses, The Hong Kong Golf Club remains the most popular tournament venue in the continent among the pros for a number of reasons – not least its agreeable terrace, where countless tour stars can be found shooting the breeze and gorging on mounds of Singapore Noodles after their rounds. Come the end of play on Sunday, you'll also find a fair number enjoying a glass or more of the associate sponsor's brew.

But as a test of golf, the club's Composite Course, which comprises 10 holes from the Eden Course and eight from the New Course, has withstood the test of time magnificently. Measuring a shade over 6,700 yards, the par-70 Composite might be the shortest layout on the European and Asian circuits, but it's packed with character and low scoring is never easy to come by. It's a testament to the course that the cut-line normally falls at around the level-par mark.