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Sentosa Island is ideally located just 15 minutes from the city centre, and is known for its beaches, resorts, theme parks, and of course the gondola rides.

Well heeled Singaporeans also have a quality championship golf course to play in the form of the beautifully manicured Serapong course at Sentosa GC.

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The original course at Sentosa is called the Tanjong course and in late 2015 that course will begin an extensive remodelling under the watchful eye of GM Andrew Johnston with the aim of bringing that course up to the championship quality of the Serapong course. Lucky members!

The Serapong was designed by Ronald Fream and Golfplan, and makes good use of water in the form of internal lakes, the occasional creek, and then the oceanfront.

I thought the proximity to the Singapore port district on the mainland, and all the business activity and shipping made a unique and compelling backdrop to some pretty decent oceanfront holes. Holes 3 to 7 were stunning!

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And hole 6 has a large rock in the green side bunker.....land short in front of the rock, and coming out sideways is your only option! I thought that was a bit of fun!

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On the back nine hole 13 is a short strategic par 4 where decisions need to be made on both the tee shot and approach- it's a thinking mans hole where choosing the right club is as important as the execution. After another two impressive port side holes at 14 & 15, hole 16 caught my attention as well. A dogleg medium length par 4 which demands accuracy off the tee, then presents an approach shot over a creek in front of the green with a lake beyond. You will need to hold your nerve, pick the right club, and hit it pure.

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No problem!

Playing golf at Sentosa is not cheap, but if you can afford it you will enjoy a round you will not forget

 

 

Peter Wood

The Travelling Golfer

June 2015

 

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