The Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore was originally opened in 1982 and was designed by non-other than Ronald Fream. Since then it has undergone a $ 12 million refurbishment under the watchful eye of Andrew Johnston who not only re-designed parts of the course but introduced the latest green technology maintenance. The course ranks with the best golf courses in Asia and is the annual host to the most prestigious tournament which is the Barclays Singapore Open.
The course was lengthened by nearly 200 meters and now stands at 6,675 meters. At the same time the greens were re-shaped and are now much larger and faster than before. Many new water hazards were introduced and added several new bunker complexes. There is no doubt that Andrew has improved on Ron's original dream and as a result these improvements have cemented the Serapong's position as one of the premier courses in Asia and it was rightly awarded the accolade of the "Number 1 Championship Golf course in Asia" by Asian Golf Monthly
A difficult opening hole as you need to keep the left off the tee to get a good view of the green but get too fare left and you will end up in the deep valley beside the fairway - the approach is uphill to a green overlooking a waterfall. A great view of the city from the tee boxes on the par-3. 2 nd . The multi-tiered green is protected by three bunkers so getting on the putting surface is essential and even then a par is not guaranteed. The par-4, 3 rd is rated the most difficult hole on the course and you need to find the raised landing area off the tee to have a chance of getting up in two but beware the pot-bunkers fronting the green and larger bunker along the right. More trouble on the par-5, 4 th as you need to flirt with the water to try for the green in two - better to play safe and avoid the water and accept a par. The 5 th is the signature hole and demands a good drive towards the Singapore skyline and then another long approach taking care to avoid the huge waste bunker along the right side of the fairway. You get a great view of the cable car from the tee boxes on the par-3, 8 th hole as you aim for the huge green which is partially obscured by a large tree - only one rule on this hole - do not be short , Tough finish to the front nine with OB left and water along the right so you must be straight off the tee.
Slightly easier start to the inward nine although the landing area is quite narrow and you need to find the right part of the green to avoid the dreaded three-putt. Even though the par-5 12 th is the shortest on the courses it still requires a well hit three shots to get on in regulation and offers a birdie opportunity if you can avoid the bunkers near the green. The 13 th hole is a very tough hole with water all along the right - if you play safe off the tee you have a very long second and if you take a driver then you have to hit a landing area which narrows to 12 meters between the water and the bunker. The 14 th is a par-3 with Singapore harbor along the left and right along the water and a severely sloping putting surface. From the 16 th tee box you get a great view of the problems that lie ahead in the shape of two fairway bunkers and a creek which crosses the fairway making the approach particularly daunting. The 17 th is the shortest of the par-3.s but the circle of bunkers around the green demands accuracy off the tee. A wonderful finishing hole with water protecting the left side as you shorten the dogleg to attempt to give yourself the best chance of avoid the dangerous bunkers on the left.
As you would expect from a courses of this stature, the facilities are top class and include several restaurants and bars, various function rooms etc.