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Keppel Club offered chance to run SICC golf course after NTUC turns it down due to 'financial considerations'

SINGAPORE — The labour movement has turned down the offer to manage one of Singapore Island Country Club’s (SICC) 18-hole golf courses when its lease expires in December 2021 citing “financial considerations”.

Keppel Club has been offered the chance to manage one of the Singapore Island Country Club's two 18-hole golf courses at Bukit.

Keppel Club has been offered the chance to manage one of the Singapore Island Country Club's two 18-hole golf courses at Bukit.

  • The lease for one of SICC’s golf courses at Bukit expires next year
  • The Government had offered NTUC the chance to manage the site as a public golf course
  • But the labour movement turned down the offer citing financial considerations
  • The Government is offering Keppel Club the opportunity to manage the course instead

 

SINGAPORE — The labour movement has turned down the offer to manage one of Singapore Island Country Club’s (SICC) 18-hole golf courses when its lease expires in December 2021 citing “financial considerations”.

Instead, Keppel Club has been offered the opportunity to manage the public golf course at SICC’s Bukit location, said the Ministry of Law (MinLaw) and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) in a joint statement to the media on Wednesday (Oct 7). TODAY has reached out to Keppel Club for comment. 

The ministries, which were responding to media queries, said that they were informed of the decision after a review by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC).

“(The) labour movement has informed us that, following a review, the labour movement has assessed that 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 the 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.

The Marina Bay Golf Course is operated by NCI Golf Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of NTUC.

However, media reports emerged earlier this year suggesting that the labour movement was facing difficulties in taking over the golf course at Bukit.

In April, The Straits Times reported that NTUC had turned to SICC for help to run the golf course.

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.

They added that Keppel’s involvement will be conditional upon its acceptance of the terms and conditions for the operation of the public course, which will be set out by MCCY and Sport Singapore.

The ministries said that the Government remains prepared to offer SICC a lease renewal for its other 18-hole course at the Bukit location up to December 2030, provided both Keppel and SICC are able to reach an agreement on the sharing of courses at Bukit.

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