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Keppel Club to manage SICC golf course from 2022 after NTUC turns down offer

SINGAPORE — Keppel Club has accepted the offer to manage one of Singapore Island Country Club’s (SICC) 18-hole golf courses, after the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) had turned down the opportunity due to “financial considerations”.

Keppel Club said in a statement on Oct 8, 2020 that it will be managing the SICC’s Sime Public Course from 2022.

Keppel Club said in a statement on Oct 8, 2020 that it will be managing the SICC’s Sime Public Course from 2022.

 

SINGAPORE — Keppel Club has accepted the offer to manage one of Singapore Island Country Club’s (SICC) 18-hole golf courses, after the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) had turned down the opportunity due to “financial considerations”. 

Keppel Club said in a statement on Thursday (Oct 8) that it will be managing the SICC’s Sime Public Course from 2022, and that it was excited to be given the opportunity.

In particular, it will continue with the club’s effort in youth golf developments, the club said. 

“The club will bring our expertise into the operation of the public course and seek to provide good golfing access and experience to public golfers, Keppel members and young aspiring golfers,” the statement read. 

The Ministry of Law (MinLaw) and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) had said in a joint statement to the media on Wednesday that Keppel Club had been offered the opportunity to manage the golf course. 

This came after the labour movement decided it would not be able to take up the offer to operate the course with SICC from Jan 1, 2022 to Dec 31, 2030, given “financial considerations”. 

The SICC, which is Singapore’s oldest golf and country club, manages four 18-hole courses, with two at the Bukit location near MacRitchie Reservoir and two at its Island location at Thomson Road.

In 2014, the Government announced that one of SICC’s courses at the Bukit location would be converted into a public course and managed by the labour movement following the end of SICC’s lease.

The move was part of a review of golf club land leases by MinLaw which aimed to free up land to meet Singapore’s infrastructure and housing needs.

At that time, MinLaw said that opening up a public golf course at the Bukit location would ensure that the public had continued access to golfing facilities when the Marina Bay Golf Course, which is the only 18-hole public course in Singapore, is eventually redeveloped for residential and commercial uses.

In their statement on Wednesday, the ministries said that Keppel Club, whose lease for its existing Bukit Chermin site will also expire in December 2021, has been offered the chance to operate the public golf course at Bukit from 2022 to 2030.

“Keppel has the necessary expertise and experience, and its involvement in the operation of the public course will provide golfing access to a broader base of local golfers,” said the ministries.

Keppel Club said in its statement that the immediate focus is to work closely with MCCY and Sport Singapore on the conditions for operating Sime Public Course. 

It will also work with SICC for the “sharing and smooth operations of the golf courses at Bukit location”. 

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