While the number of golf courses in Singapore will soon be decreasing, due to some golf clubs’ leases not beiing extended, the country can still boast a number of superb championship golf courses. The island currently has a mix of excellent private and public golf courses dotted across the island, and while the majority are member clubs, visitors and guests are welcome to play. Justine Moss checks out six golf clubs worthy of a stop on your itinerary.
Laguna National Golf & Country Club
Located in Singapore’s east, near Changi airport, this club is home to two 18-hole courses. The par-72 Masters has played host to the European Tour’s Singapore Masters in addition to a number of other tournaments, while the World Classic is one of the most challenging courses in the region. Inspired by some of the world’s greatest courses, the 7,350 yard World Classic was redesigned by Andy Dye and has been rated as ‘Asia’s Toughest Test.’ Play both courses if you have the time. For non-members, the green fee on the Masters Course is S$330 and the World Classic is S$590. Facilities include a Dusit Thani hotel (which is currently being built), a choice of dining establishments, a clubhouse, pro-shop and golf practice facilities.
11 Laguna Golf Green, tel: 6542 6888, lagunanational.com
Marina Bay Golf Club
This is Singapore’s first and only 18-hole public golf course and has been open for play since 2006. The par-72 traditional links-style layout is tough, with its 91 pot bunkers, but should appeal to both high and low handicappers. Designed by Phil Jacobs, the 7154-yard course has a number of exciting and challenging holes, including the par-3 13th island green signature hole. For those who don’t want to play in the heat of the day, night golf is available. Prices for visitors are S$130 (18 holes) for weekdays and S$225 (18 holes) on weekends. The club also has one of the biggest driving ranges in Singapore – a four-tier range with 150 bays. Other facilities include a clubhouse with restaurant, a spa, pro-shop, golf fitting centre, practice facilities and a golf academy.
80 Rhu Cross, tel: 6345 7788, www.mbgc.com.sg
Raffles Country Club
Home to the superb 18-hole Lake and Palm courses, this club also has a range of facilities to appeal to non-golfers. The Palm course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr and has been referred to as a ‘thinking golfer’s layout’ – it’s without a doubt challenging and requires accuracy and correct club selection. The beautiful Lake layout is a bit more forgiving than the Palm and winds around the Tengeh Reservoir. Water comes into play on a lot of the holes and there are a few deep bunkers to keep golfers on their toes. Prices vary for non-members according to which course and whether it’s a weekday or weekend. Prices for a non-member round on the Lake start at S$171 while the Palm is S$150. Facilities include clubhouse, driving range, pro-shop, fitness centre, sauna, squash courts, swimming pool, tennis courts and a choice of restaurants.
450 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim, tel: 6861 7649, www.rcc.org.sg
Sentosa Golf Club
This is arguably the club with the finest golf courses in Singapore. Situated on Sentosa, the club has two challenging 18-hole layouts – the Serapong, which is the venue of the Singapore Open and the HSBC Women’s Champions events, and the Tanjong. The 7300-yard Serapong was designed by Ronald Fream and has been open since 1982 with various tweaks along the way. This award-winning course has tight fairways and a number of testing water hazards and bunker complexes. The Tanjong (which will close at the beginning of November for an upgrade) opened in 1972 and features rolling fairways, narrow landing areas, natural hazards and a lot of water. If your itinerary permits, do try and play both of these stunning courses. For non-members, a round on the Tanjong is $326.35 (weekdays) and $454.75 (weekends); while the Serapong is $379.85 (weekdays) and $508.25 (weekends). Facilities include a grass driving range, clubhouse, practice facilities, restaurants, pro-shop and function rooms.
27 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa, tel: 6275 0022, www.sentosagolf.com
Warren Golf & Country Club
This club started with a four-hole golf course before expanding to a 9-hole golf course and driving range when it officially opened at Folkestone Road in 1962. Now located in Choa Chu Kang Way, it has a super 18-hole championship course in addition to a range of facilities. Designed by Nelson & Haworth, the layout features a number of undulating fairways and greens as well as canals and ponds, so club selection is key when playing a round here. Visitors can expect to pay S$150+ on weekdays and S$200+ on weekends (weekend play is subject to captain’s approval). Facilities include the clubhouse, driving range, pro-shop, restaurants, badminton, squash and tennis courts, gymnasium, swimming pools and bowling alley.
81 Choa Chu Kang Way, tel: 6586 1245, www.warren.org.sg
Tanah Merah Country Club
Home to two award-winning 18-hole courses – Garden and Tampines – the club, which opened in 1984, has played host to Asia’s premier events such as the Singapore Open, Johnnie Walker Classic, Tiger Skins, Lexus Cup and the HSBC Women’s Champions. The premier Garden layout was originally designed in 1984 by Thomas, Wolveridge, Fream and Associates and is a wonderful test for all levels of golfers. Staying true to its name, it has retained its natural setting with lakes, trees and various fauna and flora lining the fairways and greens. The Tampines was originally designed by Max Wexler and opened in 1988. Like the Garden, it is filled with tropical vegetation and wildlife and features spacious teeing areas and large greens. Located near Changi airport, these two courses are easily accessible. A round on both is a must if you have the time. Facilities include the clubhouse, driving range, practice facilities, swimming pools, gymnasium, tennis, badminton and squash courts, table tennis and a mahjong room.
Garden, 25 Changi Coast Road, tel: 6542 3040
Tampines, 153 Xilin Avenue, tel: 6542 4256, www.tmcc.org.sg