Any golf enthusiast will tell you that an opportunity to play golf in Singapore should not to be missed. This tiny garden city at the tip of Southeast Asia is home to over 30 golf courses of varying sizes and difficulties, all neatly tucked away next to its freshwater reservoirs and lush forests. Visiting Singapore for business? Have a spare day in between those busy schedules? Here’s a little introductory guide to golfing in Singapore.
Sunny Singapore: Climate and Conditions
The island republic of Singapore is a mere 140km away from the equator, so its sunny all year round with April and May as the hottest months. In this tropical region, you can expect temperatures of 28 to 32 Degree Celsius, with 80% relative humidity. Compared to certain golfing spots in the USA and Scotland, Singapore’s golf courses are generally spared from strong winds.
Singapore does have a monsoon season from November to January, so be it will rain slightly more, but not by much since it rains pretty often throughout the year. That being said, the island is perfect for golfing all year round because there are no ‘off seasons’. Just remember to check the weather forecast the night before!
Golfing and Country Club Memberships
In Singapore, due to the small population and numerous country clubs, regular golfers usually have multiple memberships to said country clubs. Thankfully, these club memberships are transferable and there exists a “market” for memberships. So if you’re here for a long stay, consider finding a current member who is willing to sell his or her membership. Throughout the island, there are brokers who facilitate buying and selling of memberships, usually found in shopping centers and online communities. Some golf shops in Singapore have contacts to these brokers. Depending on its exclusivity, certain club memberships (Sentosa Golf Club, Tanah Merah Country Club, Singapore Island Country Club) hold their value much better than the rest, thus despite its high price, you will probably have an easier time selling the club’s membership later on when you have to leave.
Non-members still can play golf in country clubs as a visitor or a guest (if you’re with someone) but the rates can be quite expensive, costing around S$100 on weekdays and S$200 on weekends. Certain exclusive clubs charge even more, with Sentosa charging S$200 to play on a weekday and more than S$500 on weekends. If you’re an avid golfer staying in Singapore for extended durations, we strongly suggest getting a second-hand membership. They can cost anywhere between $1000 to more than $20,000, depending on the club and the duration of the membership. Guests usually only get to play in the smaller courses, but having a membership grants you access to not just all the golf courses but also the club’s facilities as well.
Golf Courses in Singapore
Most of the golf courses in Singapore offer ‘executive’ courses to the public, with 5 to 9 holes or more. These shorter courses can consist of all par 3’s or some other combination of par 3, 4 or 5’s, and they usually they do not add up to 36. Some places offer night golf, with Marina Bay, Jurong Country Club (the first to introduce it in Singapore) and Orchid Country Club to name a few.
Marina Bay Golf Course – One of the newest golf courses in Singapore, and also the only proper public golf club that has a full 18-hole course open to the public both day and night. This golf course is “links styled”, similar to old-style golf courses in UK, especially Scotland. The course also features a huge driving range, with GPS equipped golf buggies that give you distances to the hole!
Sentosa Golf Club – Made up of two 18-hole courses, Tanjong Golf Course and Serapong Golf Course, Sentosa Golf Club is touted to be one of the best places for golf in Singapore. The biggest golf tournament in Singapore, Barclay’s Singapore Open, is held there every year. Over the decades, it has attracted big names like Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott to this exclusive club.
Tanah Merah Country Club – Also one of the country’s more expensive, exclusive and well-maintained country club, Tanah Merah Country Club hosts HSBC Women’s Championship every year.
Orchid Country Club – This country club is home to three 9-hole courses named after Orchids, Aranda, Vanda and Dendro. One of the most beautiful courses in Singapore, Orchid Country Club hosts the regional ISPS (International Sports Promotion Society) Handa Singapore Classic.
The courses closest to Capri by Fraser are Tanah Merah Country Club and the Marina Bay Golf Course. There are also some Golf ranges nearby where you can go to practice your swing after work!
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