Club now offers two unique and differentiated golfing experiences
SINGAPORE, 19 November 2016 – With the completion of its redevelopment, Sentosa Golf Club’s (SGC) New Tanjong Course will progressively open for play from 26 November 2016, with its full opening scheduled for February 2017, announced the club at the soft-opening of the New Tanjong Course today.
Featuring an iconic experience set against the Singapore Straits with panoramic views of metropolitan Singapore, the New Tanjong Course will assert a unique personality with large sandbelt bunkers rarely seen in Asia, offering players the challenge of playing on a course with modern hints of inspiration resembling the style of renowned golf course architect Alister MacKenzie.
In addition, apart from the enhanced golfing experience, environmental sustainability is a hallmark of the redeveloped course, with several green initiatives implemented to conserve and re-use resources. These include a special temporary nursery to facilitate the relocation of more than 300 trees during the redevelopment, installing
six reservoirs-cum-water features to ensure that the New Tanjong Course is self-sufficient in irrigation, re-using concrete from old cart paths, and re-using the fairways’ sand cap and greens mix, among various initiatives. (Please see Annex A for more information).
Today, the redeveloped 18-hole Par 72 course is home to unique hole layouts, water features and the hardy ‘Zorro Zoysia’ grass on its fairways, ensuring the rigorous conditioning required to host international championship tournaments. Among the various highlights golfers can enjoy on the New Tanjong Course is the panoramic view of metropolitan Singapore at Hole 4, where golfers must play an accurate shot to the green as there is no bailout area. The majesty of the MacKenzie-inspired bunkers is also in full view at Hole 9, a long and challenging uphill par-four. A large fairway bunker surrounds the large landing area, providing a deceiving green with an illusion that is closer than golfers may realise (Please see Annex B for hole-by-hole description).
The made-over 42-year-old course also addresses several potential issues associated with older venues. Like other golf courses in the region, Tanjong has had to withstand the vagaries of a tropical climate, with such weather conditions typically allowing a golf course to have a lifespan of about 20 to 30 years. Despite smaller-scale upgrading efforts over the years, the old Tanjong course’s infrastructure faced challenges in irrigation, drainage and turf maintenance. The course was thus closed for redevelopment in November 2015, with nine months of construction followed by a three-month turf maturation period.
Some 100 SGC members and their guests had the opportunity to tee off on the New Tanjong Course at a special preview this afternoon, during which they came together to pledge a total of $50,000 for the beneficiaries of Assisi Hospice & ARC Children’s Charity. These inaugural 25 flights of golfers also marked the start of SGC’s charity fundraising drive which will culminate at the full opening in February 2017.
“The successful completion of The New Tanjong marks an important milestone in Sentosa Golf Club’s vision of being beyond Asia’s best. With the New Tanjong Course, SGC now returns to offering two high quality courses, including our award-winning Serapong Course. Each offers a distinct golfing experience with differentiated features such as bunker sizes, and golfers will have a ‘happy dilemma’ in choosing which one to play on. We are proud to lay claim to another world-class venue, and provide further opportunities for Singapore to host international golfing
tournaments,” said Mr Low Teo Ping, President of Sentosa Golf Club.
Meanwhile, to allow the New Tanjong Course time to mature, SGC will offer limited games and put in place longer intervals between flights until the course is officially open in February 2017.