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Hong Kong Races & Mission Hills December 2013

Hong Kong Races & Mission Hills December 4th-9th 2013 Imagine attending the biggest racing meeting in the world and then joining your mates for some golf at Mission Hills. What a way to finish the year! Situated on the southeast coast of China, Hong Kong’s strategic location on the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea has made it one of the world’s most thriving and cosmopolitan cities. Horse racing became a fixture in Hong Kong in 1841 but enjoyment of this sport was originally confined to the city’s elite. Today, a trip to one of the city’s world-class tracks – Happy Valley on Hong Kong Island or Sha Tin in the New Territories – will confirm that horse racing has very much gone mainstream in Hong Kong. Mission Hills Shenzhen stretches over 20-square kilometres. The golf complex features twelve 18-hole resort and championship courses designed by golf's greatest legends and architects.

Hong Kong Hong Kong can thank its colonial history and international harbour for the rich blend of cultures that provide it’s unique character. While the majority of the city’s population speak Chinese, simply walking the streets will expose you to a medley of Asian and European languages. The comfort with which these languages and dialects co-exist reflects the high level of cultural tolerance in Hong Kong, where multiple denominations of Christian churches share space with Chinese joss houses; Buddhist, Taoist and Sikh temples; mosques and synagogues. Moreover, the presence of enduring and ancient cultures in a society that has had to constantly adapt to change has created a unique contemporary culture that is a true mixture of tradition and innovation. In Hong Kong you will see elderly men playing ancient Chinese board games on digital tablets. Christmas is celebrated with as much fervour as Chinese New Year, and state-of-the-art skyscrapers are designed in consultation with feng shui masters.

Hong Kong Races In Hong Kong the city's chief recreational passion — horse racing — lies in a floodlit oasis of green in the heart of Hong Kong Island. The "Sport of Kings," the only legal form of gambling in Hong Kong, is embraced with unbridled fervour. One racing season, from September to July, can pull in more than HK$91 billion! While there's a second racecourse in Sha Tin for weekend meets, nothing beats the adrenalinecharged atmosphere of Happy Valley. With its tight tracks and high stands, it resembles a Roman amphitheatre. As the travel writer Jan Morris once wrote, "Happy Valley on race day is a bitter, brilliant, grasping place.“

Mission Hills Mission Hills is the world's largest golf club according to the Guinness World Records. Winner of multiple international awards, the 20square kilometre golf complex features twelve 18hole resort and championship courses designed by golf's greatest legends and architects. Mission Hills is the cradle of golf in China and hosts the region's most important tournaments, including the World Cup of Golf and the Asian Amateur Championship.

Tour Itinerary 4th December •Arrival and transfer to Hotel. •Transfer to Happy Valley for dinner and the races. 5th December •Transfer to Mission Hills •Golf at World Cup Course 6th December •Golf at Annika Course •Night Golf 7th December •Golf at Olazabal Course 8th December •Transfer to Sha Tin Racecourse including lunch •Transfer to hotel 9th December •Lamma Island Tour and lunch at Rainbow Seafood Restaurant •Transfer to Airport

Golf Clubs & Course Overview Olazabal course Mission Hills Even the best of golfers will find this course a challenge! Majestic vistas of untouched jungle and natural flowing streams create outstanding backdrops throughout the golf course. The signature square tees, along with undulating concave paspalum fairways, are two distinguishing features of this course. But it is the remarkable splash bunkers that catch your eye, and will dominate your memories of the course.

Annika course Mission Hills This was Annika's first designer course in the world, and showcases her best asset: precision. Playing on the Annika Course requires accuracy on the golfer's part. It has spectacular views of the natural terrain- mountains which rise more than 100 meters above the golf course.

Nicklaus course Mission Hills The World Cup Course, venue of the 41st World Cup in 1995, is another masterpiece by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus. "It’s a really great course," said Jesper Parnevik, who made a hole-in-one on the 15th during the World Cup.

Activity Overview Hong Kong Races Sha Tin and Happy Valley The Hong Kong Jockey Club was formed in 1884 and the HKJC holds a government granted monopoly for taking bets on Hong Kong horse racing events. The Hong Kong Jockey Club administers horse racing at two racetracks, Sha Tin and Happy Valley, and they hold nearly 700 horse races per year with large crowds averaging around 46,000 people per race card. The HKJC hosts International Race day at Sha Tin racecourse annually each December. It is one of the biggest race days in Asia each year. Feature races held on the day include the Hong Kong Sprint over 1200m, Hong Kong Mile over 1600m, Hong Kong Cup at 2000m and the Hong Kong Vase over 2400m.

Lamma Island Lunch on Lamma Island Hong Kong Hong Kong is one of our favourite cities, and one of the reasons is the food! A short ferry ride from Central HK and you are on Lamma Island, home to a huge variety of fresh seafood restaurants. Make sure you stop in at Rainbow Seafood!!

Accommodation Overview Mission Hills, Dongguan The Mission Hills Hotel is China’s only five-star resort integrated into a golf complex, and offers a combination of deluxe accommodation and some of Asia’s finest sporting, spa and leisure facilities. The hotel features over 500 guest rooms and suites spread across Shenzhen and Dongguan.

Marco Polo Prince Hotel, Hong Kong Located on Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, Prince hotel is adjacent to China Ferry Terminal on Kowloon’s busy waterfront and forms part of Harbour City – Hong Kong’s largest shopping and commercial complex. Also close are tourist attractions like Hong Kong Museum of Art, Kowloon Park, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and the Space Museum.

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Accommodation includes daily breakfast Meals, drinks and laundry as specified in your personal itinerary. Private transfers as specified. Private sightseeing and excursions as specified. Scheduled/private activities as specified. 1 x 18 holes at World Cup Course Mission Hills. 1 x 18 holes at Olazabal Course Mission Hills. 1 x 18 holes at Annika Course Mission Hills. 1 x round of Night Golf Mission Hills.

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Airfare, visa fees, airport taxes Personal items, meals (other than those mentioned), gratuities.

Payment Instructions A $500 deposit is required to secure a booking. Payment can be made by: 1.

Bank Transfer: Please deposit funds into “The Travelling Golfer Trust A/C ” BSB: 083269 Account Number: 13 066 2440 Please quote your Invoice number.

2. Credit Card: (2.5% credit card fees apply) VISA or MasterCard. Phone Peter on 0438573271 The balance of payment is due 70 days before departure (8th December, 2013). In the case of non-payment of the balance by the due date, The Travelling Golfer will treat the booking as cancelled unless advised to the contrary.

Pricing • Price per golfer, twin sharing $3655AUD • Single supplement $588AUD • Additional night on request *All pricing is subject to change, availability and currency fluctuations.

For more information call or e-mail Peter +61 438 573 271

Steve +61 402 218 016

Travel Insurance It is highly recommended you obtain Travel Insurance at the time you make payment for your travel. Travel insurance should protect you against any medical expenses arising from sickness or injury during your travels and against any loss of or damage to your belongings. It should also provide cover against trip cancellations and flight delays, and offer 24 hour emergency assistance. You can apply for "AIG Travel Insurance" or "QBE Travel Insurance" through The Travelling Golfer website. The benefits each policy offers is slightly different. You must read the Policy documents carefully to ensure they are providing the benefits that best suit your circumstances. In summary, both policies provide*: Unlimited overseas medical expenses Unlimited cancellation costs Unlimited emergency expenses $2,500,000 legal liability *Note: the policy wording differs with each plan AIG also provides up to $3,000 worth of cover for golf clubs automatically on its single or multi trip plans. The excess is $100 per claim. QBE provides automatic cover of $3,000 on golf clubs only on its multi trip plan. You would need to pay an additional premium (3% of items value) if you wish to cover your golf clubs on their single trip plan. QBE's excess is $200 per claim. To obtain a quote from AIG To obtain a quote and read the full PDS/Policy terms and conditions, and apply for cover over the internet, please click on the following AIG link: AIG Insurance- Get a Quote If you have a pre-existing medical condition or health disorder you wish to cover you will need to contact AIG assessors on 1800008473 to establish whether they will provide cover for it. If you have any questions regarding the policy please contact AIG customer service on 1800017682. To obtain a quote from QBE To obtain a quote and read the full PDS/Policy terms and conditions, and apply for cover over the Internet, please click on the following QBE link: QBE Travel Insurance- Get A Quote If you have a pre-existing medical condition or health disorder you wish to cover you must complete a Travelers Medical Appraisal Form. If your application is approved you will be advised of any restrictions, excesses or additional premiums that may apply. If you have any questions regarding the policy please contact QBE Customer service on 1300555017.

Terms and Conditions Cancellation Policy More than 70 days before departure date: We will retain 50% of the deposit. Between 30 and 69 days before departure date: We will retain the full deposit. No refund of the balance paid will be available to you until after we receive a refund from our supplier. In some instances you may not be able to claim a refund Within 30 days of departure date: No refund is payable. Notifications of cancellations must be forwarded to The Travelling Golfer in writing or email as soon as possible. There is no refund for cancellation for unused services on or after the tour commencement date. Note: Airlines have there own cancellation terms and conditions. Tour Rates Tour prices are set as a guide only and may vary due to currency fluctuations and component cost increases. All rates advertised are accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change until receipt of payment in full. The Travelling Golfer reserves the right to adjust our tour cost as necessary. Any surcharges will be passed on in respect to currency fluctuations unless full payment has been received and no changes are made to your booking The tour price is for the package as detailed in the itinerary only. If changes are requested to the itinerary, then an administration fee of $100 plus any additional costs incurred will be charged, on top of the tour price. Airlines International airfares are not included in the tour itinerary, however we can assist with all of your international travel arrangements. All airfare bookings are subject to individual airline terms and conditions. Airlines have their own luggage restrictions. If you do not adhere to these limitations excess baggage fees may apply and are at your own expense.

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Hong Kong Races & Mission Hills Dec 2013  

What a great way to finish the year!