Hong Kong: Part of Hong Kong’s showpiece golf facility will be taken over for housing with the Special Administrative Region of China’s Government deciding to accept all eight recommendations by an official task force on easing the city’s land supply crunch.
Sources told the South China Morning Post newspaper that the Executive Council had endorsed all the options suggested by the Task Force on Land Supply, of which one of the most controversial was developing 32 hectares of the 172-hectare Fanling site run by the Hong Kong Golf Club (HKGC).
The task force submitted the full report of the five-month public consultation to Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on December 31, recommending eight options to gain 2,900 hectares of land.
Both the club and the Hong Kong Golf Association said they were not in a position to comment as they had yet to see any official announcement.
“We wish to emphasise that the entire Fanling Golf Course is crucial to the development of golf in Hong Kong,” said a spokesperson for the HKGC, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation and permanent home to the Hong Kong Open.
Kenneth Lau Ka-lok, Convenor of the Hong Kong Alliance of Golfers, expressed disappointment at the news.
He said that he has repeatedly shown his opposition to any resumption of the sports facility with its more than a century of history, which would have an impact on golf development.
The recommendation of the task force on the golf course was ‘to accord priority to studying and resuming the 32 hectares to the east of Fan Kam Road’, while for the remaining 140 hectares ‘the Government should identify a suitable site for relocation and consider ancillary infrastructure to support other developments’.
Before the Exco meeting, Lam said there would be a comprehensive response to the task force report this month – before its term runs out at the end of February.
Documents that the Development Bureau provided to the task force say developing 32 hectares of the golf course would be able to provide 4,600 flats for 13,000 residents.