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A Westerner's idea of sports might be different from that of a Macanese, where race car driving is more popular than football or tennis. More in line with the Grand Prix, Macau Motor Sports Club is a three-quarter-mile (1.2-kilometer) go-karting track that will set speed devils' heart racing. Single drivers (over 16 years old, please) can get up to 200cc of power, which translates to 59.5 km (37 miles) per hour on a straight stretch. However, real pros can show off exactly just how well they can handle the curves — there are 10 on this track.
If casinos and canines don't do it for you in terms of gambling, head to Taipa's Macau Jockey Club for some equine action. Although it can't yet compare to the likes of Hong Kong's Happy Valley Racecourse, the sport is improving in Macau, and in recent years riders and trainers from all over the world have competed here. Racers are held all year long (apart from a short summer recess), twice a week.
Macau's greyhound racing stadium, the only one in Asia, is arguably one of the best in the world. The facilities at Canidrome are top-notch, complete with grandstands and VIP boxes from which to cheer on your favorite dog in one of the 15 races held four nights a week.
Last but certainly not least is Macau Golf and Country Club, a private club that features an immaculately manicured 18-hole golf course with stunning views of Coloane, Hac Sa Beach and, beyond, the South China Sea. Talk about taking your tee in style.
The Macau Grand Prix races are a must-see for autosport fans. Every year in mid-November, the city revolves around the Guia circuit, where many drivers (including names like Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna) have proven their talent before ascending to F1 champions. In 2013 the event will last two weekends (instead of one), because of the 60th edition celebrations. The highlight of the program is the FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup, but other major races are featured, including the Motorcycle Grand Prix and the spectacular FIA World Touring Car Championship. Tickets cost around USD50 for race days.
Besides the Grand Prix, there are other sport events worth seeing. The "FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Macau" has grown considerably over the past years. This tournament sees the China women’s national volleyball team playing against teams like Brazil, Argentina or the USA. It’s usually played in June.
The “Macau Open Badminton Grand Prix Gold” is another event to watch out for. The championship features some of the world’s top players. Malaysian Lee Chong Wei, currently world’s ranking leader, won this tournament in 2009.