Singapore despite being just a tiny city-state packs in quite a punch in every conceivable way you can think of. It is not only one of the prime tourist destinations in the world it is also one of the largest industrial and commercial centres in the world. And just in case, you’re an avid golfer and your obsession for teeing off sees you rushing to the best courses in the world, then you can add another spot to your regular golfing circuit-Singapore. It’s hard to imagine there are 15 golfing clubs and twenty five golfing courses in a nation where real estate is extremely scarce. A review of some of the best golfing courses follows.
1.Tanah Mera Country Club Garden Course, 25 Changi Coast Road, Singapore 499803 :There is an air of serenity and imperturbable calm about this golf course that is juxtaposed to the bustling Changi International Airport. Palm trees, tropical hardwood trees and plants abound in the lush green lawns of this course. The course was developed in 1984 and remodelled just a decade after. It is definitely one of the best golf courses in Singapore where you can tee off at your pace.
2.Ras Country Club, 450 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahimffle, Singapore 639932 : This golfing club takes its name from the founder of Singapore, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. The course has a total area of 365 acres and there are two tracks, Lake and the Palm both having 18-hole plan. The Asian PGA Championships were held here in 1997 and 1998.
4.Sentosa Golf Club, 27, Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa, Singapore 099892 : The resurrected Singapore Open in 2005 was held in this golf course. The course offers some of the most breathtaking views. Your eyes can take in a full sweep of the Singapore Port while you move from one hole to another. The land for the course has been reclaimed from the sea.
5.Laguna National Golf and Country Club,11, Laguna Golf Green, Singapore 488047 : The greens here has an unmistakable American style golf course feel to it. There are four big lakes dotted on the course that makes teeing a real humdinger. This course has been fashioned from land carved out from the sea. It is a regular venue for the Caltex Masters.
6.Orchid Country Club, 1, Orchid Club Road Singapore 769162 : The development of this course was originally spearheaded by Ong Teng Chong, ex-President of Singapore. The original course lying besides the bank of the Sungei Seletar Reservoir has 27-holes. There are two other courses (each with 9-holes). The course hosted the Singapore Open in 1999 and also hosted the Singapore Classic in 2010.
8.Singapore Island Country Club, 180 Island Club Road Singapore 578774 : The Singapore Island Country which was simply known as ‘The Club’ when it opened its doors in 1891 was rechristened as Royal Singapore Golf Club in 1938. The club became one with the Royal Island Club in 1963. This site has two golf courses. There is another site at 240, Sime Road.
9.Tanah Merah Country Club Tampines Course, Xilin Avenue Singapore 486798 : The course of this club is situated midway between Laguna National having two courses and the Changi Airport. Tanah Merah literally means ‘Red Earth’ and the two courses of this club were shaped out of land claimed from the sea.
10. Marina Bay Golf Course, 80 Rhu Cross, Singapore 437437 : This course lies bang in the middle of CBD (Central Business District) and it is an 18-hole course. The course was opened to the public in 2006 and anybody can visit the premises. One gets a panoramic view of the Singapore skyline from anywhere on the course.
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