Dec 08, 2005|
City Golf Club memberships will be a big hit with avid golfers. It’s available in two packages: the 12-month membership will set you back $1,400, while the two-month special is an easy $288. Both memberships get you access to more than 200 driving bays on four levels, a 200-yard range with a putting green, sand bunkers, private practice rooms, custom club-makers and practice mirrors. In addition to this, 12-month members get full membership privileges, but two-month members receive members’ rates at the driving range, discounts at the club restaurants and stores and free parking. Currently there is no waiting list, but who can predict the future? City Golf Club, 8 Wui Cheung Rd., Kowloon, 2992-3333, www.citygolfclub.com.
The Fringe Club offers yearlong memberships that will keep your buddies in the arts loop. Members get free or discount tickets for live music events and up to 20 percent off theater tickets, 10 percent off food and drinks at the Fringe Gallery, fotogalerie and Roof Garden and no cover charge at the uber-glamorous M at the Fringe. The active artist can also attend courses at a discount and hire the venues for free. Individual membership costs $300 (with an additional $300 joining fee). There are also discounts for students and seniors. Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd., Central, 2521-7251.
Membership to Broadway Cinematheque will have movie buffs rejoicing. The membership gets you 20 percent off tickets at BC and 15 percent off at other Broadway cinemas (such as Palace IFC). But the true beauty of the membership is access to the film library, where you can rent any two of the 5,000 items at a time – for free. The library has a ton of films available, ranging from some of the first movies to recent mainstream flicks, with films from Asia, Europe and the US. You also get a discount, through a point system, on food and beverages from the café and five percent off all purchases at the Kubrick DVD/CD shop, which sells an even more impressive range of hard-to-find releases. It’s just $100. Bring an application (downloaded from bc.cinema.com.hk) directly to BC (Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St., Yau Ma Tei), and you’re set.
This one’s a keeper. Give your loved one a bottle of vintage wine and let them know that it will only be infinitely better in nine years (just be sure to be around when they finally open it). Veuve Clicquot’s Vintage Rich 1999 will improve over the next eight-10 years if stored in a dry area away from direct sunlight. Available at Watson’s Wine Cellars for $628.
Make your pal a Friend of the Hong Kong Ballet ($150 for a standard membership, $75 for under-25s). Friends receive a 30 percent discount on tickets and special invitations for backstage tours, meet-the-artist sessions and special lectures and events. Friends also get cross-promotional discounts with the City Contemporary Dance Company, Zuni Icosahedron and Urbtix. Enquire at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 2105-9723.
The Hong Kong Sinfonietta is offering a special package for its Mozart concerts to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth. The big two-five-o is coming in January and the Sinfonietta will be celebrating with a series of concerts. You’ll receive a 10 percent discount when you buy tickets to two or more concerts in the series. The Story of Mozart, Jan 13-15, tickets $90-$120. Happy Birthday Mozart, Jan 20, tickets $100-$180. Mozart Requiem and Favourite Arias with Opera Hong Kong, Jan 23, tickets $80-$380. Book through Urbtix, 2734-9009.
Spa Club Asia is offering a yearlong membership giving anyone in need of a good pampering access to some of the city's premium spas - including those in hotels - and health and slimming treatments. Spa Club Asia is offering a special “Christmas Spa Teaser” package. Your soon-to-be indebted friend or family member will get 12 coupons for spa treatments (which include a combination of 50 percent discount coupons and “buy-one-get-one-free” coupons for spa treatments), five free 90-minute classes at Bikram Yoga, a free makeup service at Nars Cosmetics and three complimentary treatments from international spa resorts here and around Asia. It makes an infinitely better gift than a pair of socks for that special someone. The Spa Club Asia Christmas Spa Teaser Membership is $1,288 if purchased before Dec 31. The application takes up to three weeks to process, so get your skates
on. For enquiries, call 2111-8775 or visit www.spaclubasia.com/spateaser.asp
Is there someone in your life who needs to plug that creative outlet? Enroll the budding artist/chef/dancer in a course at the YWCA. Next year is the YWCA’s 60th Anniversary in Hong Kong and it has more than 300 courses on offer to meet any interests: art, language, beauty, health, cooking, fitness, Chinese etiquette and customs. Need to get that special someone out of your hair for a few hours? Enroll them in “Sketching Hong Kong” ($1,360), and they’ll get out and about with fellow artists every Wednesday from February 22 to March 26. Know someone who’s redecorating? Perhaps they should master the art of “Interior Color Design” ($2,560). If you’re shopping for a Renaissance man (or woman), consider challenging them with a course in “Ikebana Flower Arranging for Beginners” ($1,250). Full program details for the spring term will be available on the website from December 10. YWCA, 3/F, 1 Macdonnell Rd., Mid-Levels, 3476-1340, www.esmdywca.org.hk.