Hong Kong golf enthusiasts could start hitting practice balls in a disused driving range after its new landlord agreed to give it a new lease on life.
Whitehead driving range could reopen anytime soon on its previous site in Ma On Shan district thanks to a group of enthusiasts who persuaded its new landlord to lease out part of the land intended for a new car park, Sing Tao Daily reported Tuesday.
The driving range, which had been in operation for 17 years, was closed after the government took it back last year. It was awarded to a transport company in a HK$780,000 (US$100,600) short-term lease.
A group of former Whitehead golf instructors and the landlord have agreed on a 30-month lease on 200,000 square meters which the former plans to turn into a driving range.
The lease includes a four-month rent-free period.
However, people are reluctant to join the venture because the scaled-back facility means there might not be enough room to recoup their investment, said Hong Kong Professional Golfers’ Association chairman Daniel Liu, one of the investors.
The group is asking the government to extend the landlord’s lease to six to nine months, so they have at least a chance to break even, the report said.
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