Singapore is home to some of the best golf courses in the region which is really no surprise in a city as modern as Singapore. Unfortunately Singapore’s other claim to fame is being one of the most expensive places in the world to live and this is also reflected in the green fee prices in Singapore which can be very high. The good news is that if you are on holiday and can play midweek then there are some good deals at several golf courses in Singapore. One big advantage of golfing in Singapore is that the all of the courses can be reached inside 30 minutes from most downtown locations.
The best golf course in Singapore is the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club which was designed by world-famous gold designer, Ronald Fream. This courses is as good as anything in Asia and it is the host of the famous Barclays Singapore Open. At the time of writing, its sister course, the Tanjong is undergoing a major renovation and is due to re-open sometime in 2016.
If Sentosa is the most expensive golf club in Singapore then the mantle of the most difficult goes to the Laguna National World Classic Course which is almost impossible with mountainous humps on the fairway, cavernous bunkers and impossible greens – a rating of 76.4 and a slope of 162 confirms this. It also has a sister course – The Laguna National Masters Course which is a little more playable and has often been honoured and ranks with the best in Asia and has also hosted a number of major tournaments.
Marina Bay Golf Courses is the only public course in Singapore and the only links-style course and it is located very close to the city centre. Unfortunately the government intend to take back the land to meet Singapore’s ever growing population so play it while you can.
The Warren Golf & Country Club has a long and rich history and started off life as a 9-hole course in another area of Singapore and has been in its current location for around 10 years. They are happy to receive visitors and their rates are very reasonable.
The Raffles Golf & Country Club is another top class golf club blessed with 36-holes. The Palm Courses was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr and is often referred to as a “Thinking golfer course” as you need to pick your way round carefully in order to score well. The Lake course is more suited to the higher handicapper being more forgiving and having the additional benefit of great views.
Another course which is destined to close in a few years is Keppel Golf Club which was also designed by Ronald Fream and he has done a great job of squeezing 18 holes onto such a small plot. The course, as you would expect, is very tight with a number of narrow fairways, blind tee shots and strategic water hazards. The closest golf courses to the city.
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Singapore is home to some of the best golf courses in the region which is really no surprise in a city as modern as Singapore. Unfortunately Singapore’s other claim to fame is being one of the most expensive places in the world to live and this is also reflected in the green fee prices in Singapore which can be very high. The good news is that if you are on holiday and can play midweek then there are some good deals at several golf courses in Singapore. One big advantage of golfing in Singapore is that the all of the courses can be reached inside 30 minutes from most downtown locations.' },
Champions Golf Club in Singapore was originally called Green Fairways and offers 9-holes of quite challenging golf close to the heart of the city. The course is under new management with improved tee boxes and greens and well-maintained fairways. This is a perfect solution if you want to tune up your game because in addition to the golf courses there is a 60-bay driving range and being a public courses you can just turn up and play and by Singapore standards it is very cheap.\n
It’s an ideal course for juniors to cut their teeth before venturing out on one of the more intimidating Singapore courses. For really young kids there is a 36-hole mini golf course and an excellent bar and restaurant.\n
Keppel Golf Club in Singapore is the closest course to the city and the Singapore government have recognised that the land on which it sits is too valuable and they will take back the land in 2020. Originally designed by Ron Fream and later remodelled by Chris Pitman this is a very tight course with little room for error and can be quite intimidating the first time that you play it. Many of the fairways have severe slopes and undulations and quite a few of the tee shots are blind onto narrowing fairways.',
The opening hole is very typical of he challenges you will face with its rolling fairway and the well-protected two-tier green. A very challenging dogleg par- 4 follows and the dogleg gets more pronounced the further back you go. Your approach is to an elevated fairway to the green 20 metres below with a pond protecting the left side. The 4th is a medium length par-3 with a pond running alongside the raised tee boxes. The large green is protected by bunkers both sides and slopes form back to front. The 5th is a short par-5 which is reachable in two with a strong drive. The 6th is a very attractive par-3 with a carry over water to a long shallow green with water in front and bunkers to the left side. The short par-4, 7th slopes upwards from the tee and then levels off – the well-protected and sloping greens tends to kick balls towards the service road. The severely sloping fairway on the 8th hole means your tee shot will stop dead and you need to get in the right position for your approach to the elevated green. The 9th hole runs beside a small creek and the landing area is protected on both sides by water – a huge bunker protects the green with the Keppel Straits in the distance.\n
An intimidating start to the back nine as you have a forced carry of some 160 metres off the tee – from here the fairway slopes upwards to the elevated green protected by a bunker along the right hand side. The 11th is a downhill dogleg par-4 with a pond protecting the green. The par-3, 12th runs beside the pond with water running in front of the green making an intimidating target from the elevated tee boxes. The 13th is a tough but attractive uphill par-4 with a valley shaped fairway climbing up towards the green. The 14th plays straight downhill with a water hazard protecting the left side of the fairway and in front of the severely sloping green. The 15th is a great par-5 as you tee off into the valley and then the fairway turns slightly left up to the green with a very attractive. The problem on the 17th is trying to find a flat lie for your approach as the fairway is covered in mounds and hollows. A challenging finish which demands a straight drive or you are in big trouble – it also needs to be quite long to get a good view of the green.\n
The club offers very comprehensive practice facilities an one of the best equipped and manned driving ranges in Singapore.\n
Laguna National Golf & Country Club is one of the premier golf and country clubs in Asia with two championship golf courses - World Classic and Masters Course. The Masters course is famous for having hosted the Singapore Masters which was part of the European Tour. The club is nearing the end of a multi-million dollar renovation which will include the addition of a hotel with a spa plus driving range and fitness centre.',
The Masters Course is set in wonderful parklands and offers a very demanding test of your golfing skills. The course measures just over 7,100 from the back tees and has a slope rating of 144.\n
The course is a fairly typical American-style course which is dominated by four large lakes which come into play on at least 12 of the holes. Your first encounter with water comes on the par five 2nd as it cuts in front of the right side of the green which forces you to go left where you have to flirt with a row of bunkers. The third is a par 3 with a long carry over water and sand stretching from tee to green. The 4th is a short but very dangerous par 4 with water all along the right side and a huge bunker in front of the tee box. The par 3, 8th is an interesting hole – play short and you end up in the water – over club and you are faced with either playing out of the rough or the sand back towards the water hazard.\n
The back nine offers more of the same and the 11th is a good example as the water on the right forces you to play to the left but if you overdo it you then have a blind shot over water to reach the safety of the fairway. Water again can play a factor for your approach. The signature hole is the final par3 on the courses which is the 17th with its island green which is small enough to give most golfers some moments of doubt.\n
The Laguna National Masters Course is a wonderful golfing experience which will examine and expose any weaknesses in your game. There are some exciting and short par 4’s, some dramatic par 3’s and variable length par 5’s. Add to this mixture some huge waste bunkers, dramatic water hazards and many elevation changes and this is a great and enjoyable test of golf.\n
As you would expect from such a famous golf course the facilities and service are superb.\n
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The World Classic Course at Laguna National Golf & Country Club is one of the most talked about golf courses in Asia. By any measure it is the most difficult golf course in Asia and some would say impossible. The stats are impressive (if that’s the rights word!). It measures 7,350 yards from the back tees and with a slope rating of 162 and a course rating of 76.4 it is possible one of the most difficult courses ever rated anywhere in the world.',
The word “unique” is often misused but it can certainly be applied to this very unusual layout. Every hole has been individually crafted to provide an unforgettable experience and will examine and expose the slightest weakness in your game. There are more than 250 bunkers to negotiate, one of the par 3’s measures 305 yards from the championship tees. The tiny 7th green is reputed to be the smallest green in Asia and the gigantic 13th green the largest. Add to this some huge mounds, some canyon-like waste bunkers and the fast multi-tiered greens. These large mounds have been very cleverly used to block out some of the surrounding views so that you feel as though you are in remote part of Scotland rather than in one of the most densely populated cities in the world.\n
Andy Dye who is responsible for the new design has left the best to last as the finishing holes are fiendishly difficult and will fill your mind with doubt.\n
Definitely not a golf course for anyone but the most accomplished golfer – even the top golfers are unlikely to improve their handicap here but although you might shoot a 100 you will have plenty of stories to tell after you have battled your way around Asia’s toughest golf course.\n
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Billed as one of the best links courses in Asia the Marina Bay Golf Course in Singapore is a superb design by South African Phil Jacobs. Measuring 6493 metres the par 72 course includes various design elements included to create a challenging and interesting golf course that can be enjoyed by many. The facilities at Marina Bay are superb, and the driving range is one of the largest you will see in Asia, with four tiers and 150 bays that operate from 7 until 10.45 every day.',
A well-equipped club house and pro shop provide everything that the golfer may need before, during or after their round to complete the perfect day of golf.\n
Golfers are introduced to the golf course in style with the first hole, a great starting hole. From the blue tees it measures a short 324 metres but do not let the distance fool you, the fairway stares you in the face with its enormity, a shared fairway with the 10th, and a plethora of bunkers that are dotted across the centre. A stream cuts across in front of the green creating a challenging second, in fact the hole is reminiscent of the 1st at the Old Course St Andrews.\n
For many the 4th will be a new experience as you are faced with a 617-metre par 6. This is the longest hole in Singapore, and is a test from start to finish. A good two shot avoiding the collection of bunkers to the right of the fairway is a good start. More bunkers protect the landing area for the second shot, and for longer hitters the ever-narrowing fairway is protected by a water hazard to the right. The approach can be made more difficult by the encroaching trees as the hole slides around to the right up to the undulating green. For many four good shots will see them safely on the green.\n
It is hard to single out holes at Marina Bay as there really aren´t any weak or misplaced holes that stand out, but there are another two holes that are worth mentioning and that paint the picture for the quality of design and layout.\n
Hole 13 is possibly the signature hole for the course, a par three to an almost island green. At 119-metres it is a true target par three and from the raised tee the golfer is presented with a beautiful view of the putting green. Although not long the prevailing wind cuts across the hole requiring a well struck shot to this relatively small island green.\n
And finally, the final hole. A par 5 that offers longer hitters the chance of getting home in two.\n
A little under 500-metres the hole is reachable and the wide inviting fairway tempts you to give it a little bit more from the tee. Avoid the bunkers to the right and you will have a shot at the green, which like the first is protected by a stream that slices across the fairway a few metres short of the green. Go for the green in two and you must ensure you carry the stream, two of the 87 pot bunkers lie in wait to the right to catch anything off-line. For most this should be a straightforward par, with a healthy serving of birdies along the way.',
Orchid Country Club is a project which was brought to life by Mr Ong Teng Cheong, who wanted to provide a golf course and country club for the working people of Singapore. The vision was to have three, nine-hole golf courses and over a period of 5 years, the three course were completed, in addition to the range of facilities on the site.',
It’s an easy drive to reach Orchid Country Club from the city, via CTE – SLE, Lentor Avenue and Yishun Avenue. There is also a free shuttle bus, available daily from Yishun MRT station.\n
As mentioned above, Orchid Country Club is a 27-hole, championship golf course, which has been split in to three sets, of nine holes. Set alongside the Sungei Seletar Reservoir, each of the golf courses has been named after an orchid and they are called Aranda, Vanda and Dendro. All three courses have very well kept fairways and well-manicured greens, with the local flora and fauna providing a nice, colourful addition.\n
The Aranda course was the first to be completed and offers wide fairways, perfect for attacking with the driver. The greens are large and often undulating, making accurate approach shots key to avoiding more than two putts.\n
The Vanda course is the shortest of three courses but is the most challenging in terms of shot placement. There are a number of water hazards situated throughout the nine holes, with holes 6, 7 and 8 perhaps the most testing. A good eye for detail and solid club selection are important and will help in scoring well on the Vanda course.\n
The final course to be completed is the Dendro course and this the longest of the three, playing a total of 3,197 metres from the championship tees. It’s little surprise therefore, that the Dendro course has one of the longest par-5 holes in Singapore, stretching 574 metres. The tee shot, requires a drive over a pond, onto a narrow fairway and the green is well protected by bunkers. This hole is a true test of both accuracy and long hitting.\n
There is a huge choice of additional facilities at the Orchid Country Club, with sports such as tennis, bowling, swimming and archery all catered for. There’s a choice of six places to eat, including Chinese and Japanese restaurants and the Royale café. Practice facilities include a 160-bay driving range, which is one of the biggest in South East Asia and can be used at night, under the floodlights.\n
Orchid Country Club is the premium choice for golfers in the Singapore area.',
Raffles Country Club is one of the premier golf clubs in Singapore and is home to two outstanding and very different golf courses. The Palm Course was designed by world-famous golf courses architect, Robert Trent Jones JR and he has, as you would expect, come up with a challenging layout designed to test every aspect of your game and it requires careful and thoughtful course management to score well. The Lake Course is a resort course which offers a more relaxing experience as it winds its way through the attractive countryside with great views on offer from most holes.',
The Lake Course was renovated in 2001 and is very popular with social golfers and runs beside the Tengeh Reservoirs and is in immaculate condition with zoysia grassed fairways and deep bunkers. As you make your way around you are sure to encounter plenty of local wildlife including some large monitor lizards and local bird life.\n
Pick of the holes include the par-3 2nd with the hills framing he green which is fronted by a large pond which demands the correct club selection. The 4th, although a relatively short par-4 is the most difficult hole on the front nine with a tee shot to a very narrow landing area bordered by bunkers to the left and a pond to the right. Even then you are not out of the woods as you are faced with a medium length iron to a narrow green protected by water and bunkers. Great view from the 10th tee box but an over hit drive with any draw on the ball is in danger of going out of bounds so better to play short of the bunkers which leave a blind but very makeable approach. The 13th is a dogleg par-4 bordering the lake with a challenging approach to a green which has the tendency to throw balls towards the water. The par-3 14ht looks simple but the very large green often leads to 3 putts. The 15th is a driveable par-4 but with plenty of risk involved as the landing area is very narrow with 4 bunkers guarding the right side. The 16th is the most interesting and difficult par-3 on the course with water in front and over the back of the green there is no margin for error.\n
The Palm Course is the natural choice of the more accomplished player and has hosted several major tournaments. You cannot attack this course and you need to enure you place your drive in the coreect position or bogeys or worse will result. It also offers great views and plenty of natural hazards which make it a joy to play even if you don’t score that well.\n
The 4th hole is typical of the challenges that await with a long carry over water to a narrow fairway and then an approach to a narrow green bordered by bunkers on the left and water on the right.\n
Superb clubhouse facilities with several restaurants serving Chinese and Japanese food, a sauna, swimming pools and tennis courts. A modern driving range and well-stocked pro-shop complete the facilities on offer at this outstanding golf course.\n
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Sembawang Country Club was founded by British Marines in 1967 and one year later, the Prime Minister opened an official nine-hole golf course. In 1977, the full 18-hole golf course was opened by Dr Goh Keng Swee and developments have been ongoing ever since, with a new golf course, inaugurated in 2013 and brand new facilities to match.',
Sembawang Country Club is located just 20 kilometres of north of Singapore centre and can be easily reached via a combination of the Central Expressway and the Seletar Expressway. The course is just under 6,500 yards in length and plays to a par-72, with woodland being the predominant feature, both around the outside of the golf course and along many of the fairways.\n
Known locally as the ‘commando course’ due to the fact it was first created by Royal Marines and New Zealand armed forces, visitors will need a buggy to make the most of their round, with hilly terrain throughout. A number of the holes are tight, framed by the jungle and monkeys can often be spotted watching on. Water comes into play on a number of holes at Sembawang Country Club and this becomes apparent from the first tee, with water present down the left and right side of the fairway.\n
The front nine holes are a good test but things really begin to pick up during the back nine. The undulating nature of the terrain increases and the 11th and 12th holes are perhaps the pick of the whole round. The 11th is a par-4 and features a large pond on the left of the fairway, stretching up to the front-left of the green. The 12th hole is also a par-4 but starts with a tee shot over a pond, followed by an uphill second shot to the green, protected by a bunker at the front-right. The 16th hole is also worthy of a mention, as it’s a testing par-5, with a blind fairway off the tee and water situated to the front-right of the green.\n
Off the course, there is a driving range, pro-shop, lounge, gym, an indoor playroom and an outdoor playground. Therefore, Sembawang Country Club is suitable for families, with plenty to do for those who do not wish to step onto the golf course.\n
The golf course at Sembawang Country Club is very well maintained and should be on the itinerary of every golfer who is staying in Singapore.',