Built within an undulating rainforest and alongside a huge dam, the New Course at Singapore Island Country Club was originally designed by Frank Pennink and redesigned by Michael Wolveridge and Peter Thomson. This is a more natural course that the others in Singapore, but sadly its overshaped and the routing tends to runs unimaginatively up and down the hills. The primary challenge lies in narrow holes bordered by thick copse of forest, though if accurate from the tee its a pretty straightforward and tame golf test.
The holes down by the dam here are quite attractive, though they lack really interesting strategic design and some, like the short par five 4th, are strangely anti-strategic in arrangement. The green contouring is one area up to speed, but the bunkering is shallow and uninspired. The up and down nature of the routing and lack of construction sophistication further keep it from reaching greater heights.
Despite its obvious issues, the New Course at Singapore Island is a pleasant experience and a reasonably enjoyable enough course for those visiting from abroad.