by Wai Yan Yip | May 11, 2016 10:06 am
Did you know that Singapore has the most golf courses per square meter in the world? This tiny red dot of a nation has plenty of picturesque golf clubs for golfers to tee off from.
Sprawling putting greens, idyllic ponds, palm trees and sandy beaches- who could ask for anything more? Topping our list is a club with not one, but two award-winning 18-hole courses with amazing coastal and city views.
Opened in 1972 and revamped for S$40million in 1993, the challenging 6,218m par-72 Tanjong Course was nominated “Singapore’s Best Golf Course” for three consecutive years from 1997 by Asian Golf Review. Play here if you want a game with plenty of natural hazards, freshwater lakes and narrow landing areas against a picturesque South China Sea backdrop.
The second 6,675 meter Serapong Course opened in 1982 and went through a S$12 million upgrade in 2007, earning the “Number 1 Championship Golf Course in Asia” title by Golf Monthly that same year. Play here if you’re looking for a course with undulating terrain and challenging mounds, as well as views of the Singapore harbour and city skyline.
Top golf players love this club too! Opened by Singapore’s first Prime Minister Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, Sentosa Golf Club is home to premier golfing events such as the Barclays Singapore Open, where top players including Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood have swung their clubs.
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Tanjong Course First Tee-Off 7:31am, Last Tee-Off 2:23pm
Serapong Course First Tee-Off 7:37am, Last Tee-Off 2:25pm
With four 18-hole championship courses and a history dating all the way back to 1905, Singapore Island Country Club is the country’s oldest, largest and arguably most prestigious golf club. The courses are divided into two areas on the northern and southern sides of MacRitchie Reservoir so that you can enjoy a full range of picturesque landscapes.
Plus, you don’t have to worry about making your partner wait while you explore the various golf courses. Even if they aren’t a big of a fan of golfing, they will be easily entertained with all of the other amazing facilities at the club, including jackpot rooms, a bowling alley, a hair salon and a swimming pool.
We love the variety of golfing facilities here. On top of the of the four 18-hole courses that boasts of natural terrain, wildlife and rainforest surroundings, there are plenty of putting greens, practice lawns and driving ranges. There’s even a 9-hole executive course designed by PGA Tour winner Peter Thomson for new golfers to hone their skills and develop their confidence.
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Opening hours vary for each course
Laguna National Golf and Country Club is the only golf club in Singapore to have its land lease and playing privileges extended until 2040. In a country as land-scarce as Singapore, that’s a big deal. The club’s two 18-hole courses hosts major international championships including the Singapore Masters, Prudential Causeway Trophy and ADT Capts, the first Korean LGPA tournament held outside of South Korea.
The 6,720 meter Classic Course is touted as “Asia’s Toughest Test” according to the United States Golf Association (Slope Rating: 162, Course Rating: 76.4). It’s no surprise that Tiger Woods and Ernie Els have chosen this course for their private play sessions.
We love how luxe this club is. Laguna National is undergoing a multi-million dollar facelift, which they’re calling the “epitome of the finer things in life”. Launching in 2017 is an exclusive members-only zone, in-house spa, pool bar, all-day dining restaurants and a 207-room and villa luxury hotel. To top things off, you’ll also have access to over 50 prestigious affiliate golf properties around the world if you’re a member.
Open daily from 8:30am to 6pm
Situated across the water from Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Flyer, this 18-hole course tops our list for best cityscape views. In fact, it is one of the few courses to offer night golfing for busy executives to play after work, and for city lovers to fully soak in Singapore’s glittering skyline.
The 6,542 meter Marina Bay Golf Course is the only links-style course in Singapore, the oldest golf course style distinctive for its few water hazards and trees. The course’s 85 pot bunkers of varying sizes and depths add to the challenge and excitement of the game, promising you hours of fun with your fellow golfers.
We love that it’s the most conveniently located course in Singapore and also the only one open to the public. So whether you’re a novice like me or are experienced golfer, there’s a place for you to improve your game. To get more familiar with the sport, join the club’s my golf kaki, a golfing interest group that offers club discounts, social events and recreational golfing get-togethers. What’s more, they have just launched their all-new golf scooters which will make your game that much more enjoyable. Check here for more information.
Opening hours vary per course
Update (October 2017): The Raffles Country Club land was acquired by the government as it will be used “to house facilities, including at-grade tracks for the 350km Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail, as well as the Cross Island Line’s western depot”. (Source: Straits Times)
Situated among stunning green landscapes, Raffles Country Club boasts two 18-hole championship courses. The 6,041 meter Lake Course and 6,072 meter Palm Course, the venue of the Asian PGA Championship in 1997 and 1998, is nicknamed the “thinking golfer’s” course as it challenges players with its many water hazards and strategic pot bunkers.
The club also offers great restaurants and bars for winding down after a game, including two alfresco lounges overlooking the scenic lake and forest tops of Pasir Laba. During happy hour, head to the Albatross Lounge to enjoy the dance floor and a glass of red or white wine.
We love that you don’t have to be a pro-golfer to enjoy a championship course here. The Lake Course is designed to be less taxing so that social golfers can enjoy a leisurely game while enjoying the idyllic views of a tranquil lake. After your game, you and your friends join the many social events hosted by the club, including open mic nights and stand up comedy shows.
Open daily 7am to 6:30pm
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