- HKGC was founded in 1889 with the original course and clubhouse being located within the race course in Happy Valley. Work on the Old Course at Fanling started in 1911 with the first tee shot being struck in December 1913. It was followed in 1931 by the opening of the New Course and in 1971 by the addition of the Eden Course. All three are 18 hole internationally acclaimed championship golf courses.
- The clubhouse at Fanling was constructed in 1911 and is a Grade II Heritage Building. The Pavilion on the Old Course was opened in 1918 and is a Grade III Heritage Building. The Fanling Lodge was built as a residence for the former Governors of Hong Kong in 1934 and is used to this day as a residence for the Chief Executive. It is a Grade I Heritage Building.
- In 2015 HKGC was selected by an international panel of journalists and industry experts as being a ‘Platinum Golf Club of The World’ with a ranking of 71 out of the top 100 private golf clubs in the world. Only four other clubs in Asia achieved a higher ranking. This rare and treasured distinction underlines Hong Kong’s status as ‘Asia’s World City’.
- In 2008 the Club was honoured to host the equestrian cross country event of the Beijing Summer Olympic Games. The course was laid out over the New and Eden Courses at Fanling. Several of the jumps have been retained for posterity’s sake.
- The Club’s facilities are open to the public Monday to Friday throughout the year.
- Each year over 120,000 rounds of golf are played on Fanling’s three courses and 43% or about 50,000 of these rounds are played by non-members.
- For the last two years 6 events a year have been held at Fanling providing members of the public access to play for a green fee of only HK$125 with golfers aged 16-21 playing for free. HKGC and The Hong Kong Golf Association (HKGA) run a Junior Golf Development Scheme whereby 22 talented juniors have been identified and provided full access to practise and play at both Deep Water Bay and Fanling. This is in addition to HKGA squad games regularly held at the Club involving hundreds of juniors.
Major International Events
- The first Hong Kong Open (HKO) was played in 1959. HKGC & Augusta National Golf Club are the only two clubs in the world that have hosted the same professional tournament for more than 50 years. A record attendance of about 47,000 spectators attended the 2016 HKO including more than 10,000 international visitors. Some of the best players in the world to have ever played the game have competed in the HKO and the event has been won on 14 occasions by a major champion. The HKO is played on the world renowned Composite Course comprising selected holes on the New and Eden Courses.
- The first ever Hong Kong Ladies Open (HKLO) was played on the Old Course at Fanling in June 2015. The event provided a platform for Hong Kong’s talented young amateurs to compete with professionals from around the world. This was the first ladies event played in Hong Kong in which the participants earned Rolex World Ranking Points. The 2016 HKLO was won by Hong Kong’s talented amateur golfer, Tiffany Chan who is a member of the Club. The Rolex World Ranking Points won by Tiffany at the event ensured her qualification to represent Hong Kong at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The HKLO is tri-sanctioned by China LPGA, Taiwan LPGA and the Ladies Asian Golf Tour.
- The Club hosts more than 200 non-member outings a year. These events include charity golf days, corporate events, golf competitions that are open to the public and golf society days. In 2016 more than HK$18 million was raised for charities at events hosted by the Club. Fundraising events include HKGC’s own ‘Cup of Kindness’ which annually raises over HK$3 million for Fanling/Sheung Shui based charities and the HKO Charity Cup and Charity Dinner which in 2016 raised over HK$3 million.
- At the 2015 UBS Hong Kong Open, the Charity Cup event was launched to raise funds for local charities. One of the beneficiaries was InspiringHK Sports Foundation, a charity that supports children from underprivileged backgrounds by introducing them to regular sports instruction provided by professional instructors. 25 students were selected from two schools in North District and all receive 3 hours of professional instruction per week provided by HKGC professionals at the Club’s facilities.
- In 2013, HKGC initiated a golf development programme for the schools in Fanling and Sheung Shui. Five schools send students for weekly classes conducted at the driving range and on the courses at Fanling. A total of 67 students attend regular instruction with the goal of feeding talented junior players into the junior development programmes supported by the HKGA.
- In 2017, an “Introduction to Golf” programme was offered to physical education teachers from schools in the North District. In total 50 teachers attended the programme with regular ongoing classes in place to help continue the growth of golf in the North District.
- In September and October 2016, the Club hosted the Ching Ho Chinese National Day Cup, a junior 5-a-side football tournament, for over 1,500 juniors from clubs throughout Hong Kong and Guangdong Province. The event was held on the Club’s multi-purpose sports courts located on the Old Course.
- Since 1979 the Old Course has been the venue of the Hong Kong Schools Cross Country Championship. More than 3,500 runners from 154 schools and the local running clubs participated in the 2016 event. In 2017, the Club will also host the Asian Schools Cross Country Championship with runners from 12 Asian nations participating in the event.
- In February 2017, the Old Course was the venue for the inaugural HKGC-sponsored Hong Kong Ultra-Marathon. This event raised money for the Hong Kong Single Parents Association and included a variety of running events for over 600 participants. One of the events was a 24-hour race which included a total distance covered world record attempt.
- HKGC employs over 400 full time employees and 300 caddies. Most of these employees come from the surrounding communities in the northern New Territories. Many families have been working at HKGC for 3 or 4 generations.
- HKGC’s Old Course is the venue of an annual charity fundraising walk organized by the North District Hospital Charitable Foundation to raise funds for the North District Hospital.
- HKGC has registered for the golf courses at Fanling to become Audubon Cooperative Golf Sanctuaries (The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses [ACSP] https://www.auduboninternational.org). The guidelines for the ACSP break down environmental management practices into six areas: Environmental Planning; Wildlife and Habitat Management; Chemical Use Reduction and Safety; Water Conservation; Water Quality Management; and Outreach and Education.
- The golf courses at Fanling are maintained to world class standards without taking a drop of water from Hong Kong’s potable water supplies. For the last 30 years HKGC has pumped partially treated sewerage effluent along a 3km pipeline built and maintained by the Club from the Drainage Services Department’s Shek Wu Hui Sewerage Treatment Works to the Club. The water, which would otherwise have been discarded into the river, receives a final treatment before it is used to irrigate the golf courses.
- There are over 60,000 mature trees maintained on the three courses at Fanling. Of these trees, 184 belong to three tree species that are protected by Hong Kong Law and 80 meet the Government’s criteria of ‘Old and Valuable Trees’, a designation based on age and social significance.
- The Fanling property is also home to a huge variety of indigenous birds, insects, reptiles and other wildlife including a resident colony of Common Birdwing butterflies – Hong Kong’s only protected insect species – and the globally endangered Reeve’s terrapin.
- Properly supervised and professionally guided nature trail tours are conducted at HKGC for communities from all over the city to educate people about the diversity and environmental importance of Hong Kong’s indigenous flora and fauna.