PGA Tour China expands into Hong Kong

Five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson lists the Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club among the many ‘gems’ he has had a hand in designing around the world.

Now the Hong Kong club is gearing up to host a PGA Tour event after the recent announcement that the 2016 Clearwater Bay Open would be played there from October 21-November 6 this year.

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The event will be part of the PGA Tour China series, although this is the first time an event has been taken away from mainland China.

A three-year agreement has been agreed upon, meaning the event will be played there until 2018.

PGA Tour vice-president Greg Gilligan, who is also the Greater China managing director, said: “We are excited about the upcoming Clearwater Bay Open in Hong Kong.

“This new tournament marks further development of the PGA TOUR China Series’ presence and its impact in the greater China region.

“We’d like to thank The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club for its commitment to the PGA TOUR China Series.

“I am sure the players will love the spectacular course and enjoy the tournament experience in one of the world’s great cities Hong Kong.”

Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club, established in 1982, offers an 18-hole course divided into two parts: the Highland Nine and the Ocean Nine.

The club is located in the New Territories and is situated on a peninsula, with stunning views of the South China Sea and Hong Kong.

The PGA Tour’s China Series is in its third season as a home and quality Tour for elite players from both China and other countries.

The Series also offers players the opportunity to advance to higher levels of the world stage…similar to PGA Tour Latinoamérica and the Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada, the PGA Tour China Series provides access to the Tour—the pathway to the PGA Tour – for the season’s top players.