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Field Trip: Conservation and Heritage tour of the Hong Kong Golf Club followed by tea at the Club House

Led by Timothy Peirson-Smith
Sunday, 20 Jun 2021
1.30 pm to 6.30 pm
The RGS-HK is pleased to offer a guided conservation and heritage tour led by Timothy Peirson-Smith to the old Fanling Golf Course. This was built by hand in 1911 and has changed very little since. It has been meticulously maintained in harmony with wildlife, holding the world-famous Hong Kong Open continuously since 1959. It was awarded Audubon Golf Sanctuary status as one of few environmentally-friendly golf courses in the world in 2020.

As a result of the protection and management, it now comprises a rare, remnant ecological and heritage landscape.  Every evening, when play ends, it reverts exclusively to conservation habitats of protected mammals, including, birds, bats, turtles, butterflies and ancient trees including the endangered Chinese Swamp Cypress.  In addition to rare species, it has 33 active beehives, a butterfly garden and provides educational, community, youth sports and charitable purposes.

The golf course is also a place of historical and cultural significance nationally, and to Hong Kong and local communities and clans, who comprise 70% of Club employees.  There are numerous ancestral graves within the grounds, at least 8 of them can be dated back to Ming and Qing Dynasties.  Many of them are still actively worshipped by villagers who are also given free access to play on the historic Old Course.  There are also three graded historical buildings, with consideration being given to listing the whole of the Fanling Golf Course.

The government is imminently completing its assessment to convert 32 hectares of the golf course to high-rise housing to accommodate 9,000 flats and up to 30,000 flats by 2029.

This tour is for a very small group with a buggy ride across the course.  Tea with light refreshments is going to be served in the Club House after the ride.

Timothy Peirson-Smith graduated with a BSc. in Natural Environmental Science from the University of Sheffield and started a career studying the environmental impact for mega projects, such as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link in the UK.  He then moved to Hong Kong working on the environmental impact of major infrastructure projects.  Tim also works in public affairs, government relations and is the Vice Chairman of The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong.

Meet at Central at 1.30 pm and return to Central by 6.30 pm (approximately)
Cost: $480 for Members & $580 for members' guests. 

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This event is going to be held within our understanding of the social distancing rules of the Government then prevailing.  Social distancing regulations will be observed at all times. 

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