• City of Sport hosts 3rd Lighthouse Club Macau Golf Day

    2 January 2018

    At the time of writing the 64th Macau Grand Prix is underway and it seemed apt in this sporting edition of the Lighthouse Club magazine to cast a quick glance at this unique racing circuit. Very few Grand Prix tracks are so intrinsically intertwined into a city’s fabric as the Guia circuit named after the hill around which it passes.

    The 3.8 miles (6.2km) long race track scythes through the very heart of the city, past casinos (the Lisboa Bend, the Melco Hairpin), apartments, houses and shops. Up and over Guia hill and then around the reservoir, under the freeway interchange that leads to the Amizade bridge to Taipa and along the waterfront with the ocean backdrop where in the distance a new terminal is being built to receive the future influx from the Hong Kong bridge and the continually industrious hive of diggers and barges reclaiming ever more land.

    Indeed land is so scarce on the peninsular that the Macau Ferry terminal’s underground carpark turns into hot and humid support paddock for race week. A cacophony of revving engines, blinding light and thick fumes but an exciting environment nevertheless allowing a sense of immersion in the growling underbelly of a race meet. Indeed in the run up to Grand Prix week, a taxi ride from the ferry terminal takes you through the intended race track with the grandstand seating and yellow and black safety barriers looming either side allowing you for a moment to imagine what it would feel like to be an F3 driver careering at 275 km/h (albeit actually at 20 km/h) towards a hairpin bend.

    And whilst the city has evolved around it beyond all recognition, the character and layout of the track itself has remained unchanged since 1954 when it was first conceived as a ‘motorised treasure hunt’ around the streets of Macau by three local racing enthusiast. Indeed the control tower and pit lane are permanent monuments for the rest of the year. Although cars have got faster, the layout of the Guia Circuit has not been modified, leaving very few braking markers or run-off areas, just uncompromising barriers ensuring the drivers maintain a high level concentration and focus at all times. Yellow and red flags are a typical feature of the event.

    Of the 200 million MOP budgeted for last year’s event, a third of it was spent on safety precautions, with cranes being uniquely used to lift cars off the congested tight streets in the event of a crash. Whilst the annual running costs of a street race are far greater than a purpose built track the benefits of show casing the city’s landmarks to millions of TV viewers is money well spent supposedly bringing in an eight fold return on investment.

    From those magnificent men in their ‘flying’ machines to the munificent members of the Macau Lighthouse club. The 3rd Lighthouse Club – Macau Golf Day was held raising HK$ 180,000 in the process. The winners and the first company to retain the trophy were Lai Si Construction & Engineering Co. Ltd. with a remarkable Texas Scramble gross score of 60 (eleven shots under par). In second place with an equally remarkable gross score of 61 were Circle Engineering Co. Ltd. and in third place was “First In Last Out”.

    The October gathering of the members was sponsored by Hsin Chong Engineering (Macau) Ltd, the November one by Willis Hong Kong Ltd. and the December gathering will be hosted by Lai Si Construction & Engineering Company Ltd. rounding off what has been an eventful year for the Lighthouse Club Macau Chapter.

     

     

     

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