Golf in Singapore
The Republic of Singapore has more than a dozen private golf clubs but just a handful of public courses – and only one of the public golf facilities is an 18-hole layout. Depending on which course they choose, residents and visitors who wish to play a round in Singapore might be required to pass a proficiency test to show they have a certain skill level and understand the rules of the game. Most practice ranges and golf courses in Singapore offer the test and provide golfers with proficiency certificates once they pass.
Most golf courses in Singapore have a dress code – collared trousers with trousers or short pants and golf shoes are required. Caddies or golf carts are usually available, and the courses are usually equipped with locker rooms and showers, as well as entertainment outlets, cafes and restaurants. Golfing is highly popular in Singapore, so we advise you to make your bookings well in advance.
Here are some of Singapore’s Golf courses
Marina Bay Golf Course
Marina Bay Golf Course (mbgc.com.sg), near the heart of downtown, is Singapore’s only 18-hole course that is open to the public. Opened in 2006, the par-72 course has a traditional links style, with more than 90 pot bunkers and few water hazards. The course offers views of the Singapore skyline and has a lighting system that permits 18-hole evening play, which is offered several nights per week. The facility also features a cafe, pro shop, practice facility and golf academy. Marina Bay requires all golfers to have either a handicap certificate or proficiency certificate, or they must pass an admission test conducted by course officials.
NSRCC Executive Par-3 Course
National Service Resort & Country Club (nsrcc.com.sg) is a private golf club with 45 holes open only to former and current National Service members from Singapore’s armed forces, police and civil defense. But the club’s Executive Par-3 course in Changi is open to the public. The nine-hole course, set on the country’s southeast coast, has a links style and features views of the Strait of Singapore. It is popular with families, as well as more-accomplished golfers who are looking to fine-tune their short games. The par-3 course requires a handicap or proficiency certificate, but free swing tests are given by club officials. The NSRCC facility in Changi also has a golf academy and a 48-bay driving range.
Executive Golf Course
The Executive Golf Course (no website; Upper Seletar Reservoir, Mandai Road, Track 7, Singapore; 6453-2700) is a nine-hole public course that welcomes beginners and families. Because of its location near a nature preserve, the par-29 course features lush vegetation and the opportunity to glimpse plenty of wildlife. A handicap or proficiency certificate is required, or course officials will administer a test.
Green Fairways (no website; 60 Fairways Drive, Singapore; 6468-7233) is a nine-hole public course with a par of 32. The facility features lush tropical foliage and also has a driving range and cafeteria. A handicap or proficiency certificate is required, and the course offers proficiency tests.
Tanglin Public Golf Course
Tanglin Public Golf Course (mygolfkakiacademy.com), a former nine-hole course, was reopened as a six-hole course in February 2012. The facility also includes a restaurant, eight-bay driving range, chipping and putting green, golf academy, pro shop and four tennis courts. Tanglin is a good spot for inexperienced players and families with young children because the course does not require golfers to have handicap or proficiency certificates.
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