SOUTH African golfing great Gary Player will meet leading Hongkong officials tomorrow to discuss ambitious plans to develop a 36-hole public golfing facility on the island of Kau Sai Chau. The eight-time major champion has said he would like to help with the building of the facility and set up a Gary Player Golf Academy to spread the golfing gospel in the territory. Mr Player arrived here yesterday, primarily to check on the progress of his first two projects in mainland China - the Zhaoqing Resort and Golf Club and the Sand River Golf Club. However, before departing for Phuket, where he is competing in a Johnnie Walker Skins games on Saturday, he found time in his hectic schedule to meet the Golf Association of Hongkong's newly-formed public golf subcommittee. Mr John Halliday, chairman of the subcommittee, said tomorrow's luncheon would provide an opportunity to brief Player on developments with regard to Kau Sai Chau, an uninhabited island which lies between Sai Kung and High Island and which was formerly used by the British Army for shelling practice. Also on the subcommittee, which convened for the first time last week, are Legislative Councillor Mr Jimmy McGregor, Regional Council chairman Mr Cheung Yan-lung, director of the Regional Services Department Mr Adolf Hsu and Shui On Group chairman Mr Vincent Lo. Mr Halliday said progress had been made over the past week in arranging detailed studies on transportation and the environment with the aim of convincing the Government to hand over the land and come up with financial support to construct the complex, which it is estimated will cost between $200 million and $300 million. He said MVA Asia, transportation, planning and management consultants, had been commissioned by the Golf Association to undertake a transportation study to illustrate that it is feasible to transport people to Sai Kung and Kau Sai Chau. A meeting has also taken place with Environmental Protection Department (EPD) officials, with discussions centring on how the planned scheme would affect the environment in the area. Mr Halliday said the sub-committee was aware of the concerns of environmental bodies and was keen to allay their fears. ''They [the EPD] outlined what they would need from a study on Kau Sai Chau, but the mood of the meeting was very positive,'' he said. Mr Halliday said his objective was to have people playing golf on Kau Sai Chau before the end of 1995, and to stage the Hongkong Open there a couple of years after that.