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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Orchid Country Club is the premium choice for golfers in the Singapore area.