Hong Kong’s Clearwater Bay Open returns for second year

Posted: Tuesday, 26 Sep 2017

The successful Clearwater Bay Open will return for a second year in 2017, The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club and the PGA TOUR announced. The 72-hole tournament is set for October 30-November 5.

In 2016, Australian Daniel Nisbet battled American Alex Kang. Nisbet won in a one-hole playoff in the first PGA TOUR-sanctioned event played at the stunning and picturesque course situated alongside the South China Sea.

“We had such a terrific experience in Hong Kong last year, with everything about the Clearwater Bay Open a success. The members and staff at The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club couldn’t have been more welcoming and hospitable, and their course met with rave reviews from our players. We look forward to once again playing at this spectacular golf course, not only this year but for years to come,” said Greg Gilligan, Managing Director, PGA TOUR China.

“We are thrilled to again have the opportunity to be both host and title sponsor of the Clearwater Bay Open this year. As a club, we continue to actively promote sports development in the community, particularly junior golf,” explained Wyman Li, Chairman of The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club. “Our affiliation with the PGA TOUR will allow us to conduct a world-class event and continue to make an impact in our community.”

Eligible players include all 2016 PGA TOUR China tournament winners, the top-60 money-winners on the 2016 PGA TOUR China Order of Merit, the top-30 available players from the 2016 China Golf Association Ranking List, 10 open qualifiers and 10 sponsor exemptions. Also, among others, up to 10 current Web.com Tour or PGA TOUR members and the top-three available finishers on the 2017 Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit and the 2016 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Order of Merit will be eligible to play.

The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club, established in 1982, is 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.

After its initial opening, the team of Thomson Perrett redesigned the course layout to its current specifications. Australian Peter Thomson, a principal in Thomson Perrett, is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, a five-time winner of The Open Championship and a three-time captain of the Presidents Cup International Team. Thomson Perrett has designed or redesigned golf courses in 12 countries.

Nisbet gave his wholehearted endorsement of both the course and the tournament following his victory in 2016. “This is the most enjoyable week I’ve had on a golf course. This is the most breathtaking course I’ve ever played. It’s hard to play bad golf around here.”

“The 2016 Clearwater Bay Open was a smashing success, with all credit going to our players and this tremendous golf course. This is a fabulous club with whom we want to partner for the long term,” added Gilligan.

Since 2003, The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club has been fully committed to its Community Outreach Program, an initiative aimed at strengthening neighborhood ties, preserving the environment and upholding family values while working with charity partners to organize and raise funds for different sectors of people in the community. Caring for the community is a commitment that develops and grows with effort and time, and this dedication has become one of the club’s core values. The 2016 event raised HKD $1.5 million, benefiting World Vision.

In October 2015, the world became more familiar with The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club when the course hosted the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, a tournament won by China teenager Jin Cheng. By virtue of his Asia-Pacific Amateur victory, Jin, from Beijing, played in the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.