HONG Kong Football Club's new sports pitch within the Happy Valley race course is to be closed for a month after complaints from rugby and football officials. But the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club, who are providing the Football Club with temporary facilities while they expand the race course across Sports Road, feel it is not necessary to re-turf the pitch. The Hong Kong Football Association played only one league game at the Club before ruling the pitch out of bounds and the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union have also expressed concern over the playing surface, which has caused a number of injuries since the start of the season. After a meeting yesterday, the Jockey Club are proposing to carry out remedial work on the pitch, starting next Monday, and re-seed it on December 1. The ground will be closed for the whole of December and re-open on January 1 for the traditional New Year's Day schoolboys' rugby fixtures. The closure will mean the Hong Kong RFU having to switch the venue for the second of two international matches against Taiwan, scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 11. The Jockey Club will send details of the proposal to Football Club officials today. Paul Foster, the Football Club's house and grounds representative on the general committee, said last night: ''The Jockey Club will fax me the outlines of the proposal and I will have to take expert advice and also consult the chairman. ''It does not mean we will accept it. We may insist on a far more permanent solution, which may prove to be more costly. ''We can't afford to mess about because someone may get badly injured. We do not want to say to people that they play on this at their own risk. ''After it has been rolled and watered it looks fine but 10 minutes into a game it's like Shek O beach. ''As Hong Kong's premier sporting club this is not good enough.'' The pitch, which was laid in the summer, has never properly settled, is full of pot holes and is covered with large areas of soft sand. The pitch will be the Football Club's temporary home for two seasons, until the spring of 1995, when they move back to a new permanent home within the extended race course track. Football Club chairman Mike Moir added: ''What has happened is that the work which was done in the summer has proved to be less than satisfactory. The pitch is very sandy and has broken up and will need some remedial work. ''We normally close our pitch for a couple of weeks in December anyway for winter maintenance but now it will be for a month. ''Unfortunately, the main pitch preparation should have been carried out last June but was delayed by heavy rain. It is hopeless for football and has been christened 'The Beach', but rugby will soldier on until the closure.''