Held at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling in Sheung Shui, the New Territories, this year’s edition of what is one of Hong Kong’s longest running and most important professional sporting events will again feature some top golfers in action.
The field for 2016 includes Ian Poulter and Miguel Angel Jimenez, Masters champion Danny Willett, Ryder Cup stars Patrick Reed and Rafa Cabrera Bello and Hong Kong Open defending champion and Olympic gold medalist Justin Rose.
The US$ 2 million-purse tournament will be played over 72 holes (4 rounds) stroke play. After 36 holes of play the field will be cut to the leading 65 players plus ties.
First held in 1959 and considered a jewel in the crown of Asian golf, the Hong Kong Open is tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and the Hong Kong Golf Association. It has an impressive roll of honour that includes Major Champions Rory McIlroy, Bernhard Langer, Greg Norman, Peter Thomson, Tom Watson, Ian Woosnam and Jose Maria Olazabal. Recent winners include Ian Poulter, Colin Montgomerie, Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Scott Hend.
Great news for tournament spectators is a new move by organizers this year to make entry to the first two rounds of play on Thursday the 8th and Friday the 9th free of charge (limited to two tickets per person per day and online registering is required for those aged 21 and above).
Entry to Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th is HK$ 400 per day, while a season pass to all four days of play is HK$ 600.
Spectators under 21 enjoy free entry across all four days of the tournament (photo ID showing date of birth must be shown).
For those spectators contemplating how to make their way to the UBS Hong Kong Open from their accommodation in Hong Kong, the MTR (Mass Transit Railway) is a viable option. The closest station to the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling is Sheung Shui station, from where a free shuttle bus can be taken to the tournament or alternatively a taxi ride is about five minutes.
Throughout the tournament free shuttle buses will also operate between the Hong Kong Golf Club and ifc mall in Central (Hong Kong Island) and Kowloon Tong MTR station.
The MTR has an extensive network of stations, and many hotels and serviced apartments in Hong Kong are situated near to at least one station. So whether spectators heading to the UBS Hong Kong Open are coming from hotels in Tsim Sha Tsui or Wan Chai, for example, or a Bay Bridge serviced apartment in the new territories, the MTR is a likely choice for a hassle-free trip.
When it comes to choosing accommodation in Hong Kong, a Hong Kong serviced apartment property typically offers a similar standard of comfort and facilities as a conventional hotel. One such property is Bay Bridge Hong Kong by Hotel G in Tsuen Wan, which offers stylish and well-appointed Studio and 1 Bedroom units and facilities that include a restaurant, 24-hour state-of-the-art wellness centre, the Leisure Space with complimentary computer stations, self-service laundry and ironing room and (in summer) an open air swimming pool.
This property, situated on the shoreline of the South China Sea overlooking the iconic Tsing Ma Bridge, was formerly known as The Bay Bridge Hong Kong Hotel & Serviced Apartments. Following a recent renovation, it now offers guests an ‘Urban Escape’ experience.