The first Hong Kong Open was held in 1959 and won by Lu Liang-huan. It was sponsored by the South China Morning Post who provided 1,000 pounds sterling in prize money.

In 2001, the event was jointly-sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours for the first time. The Hong Kong Open is, along with the US Masters at Augusta National, one of the world’s few tournaments hosted continuously by one club over such a period of time.