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Tanah Merah Country Club - Garden Course

Singapore, Singapore Island
4.6 (5)
Course Opened: 1985

The Garden Course at Singapore's Tanah Merah Country Club was first designed by partners Peter Thomson and Michael Wolveridge in the 1980s, but then redesigned by Max Wexler in the mid-1990s and again by Phil Jacobs in 2004. The result of their combined efforts, unfortunately, is a typically ordinary resort style Asian course, where fountains and lakes try to disguise an array of very ordinary golf holes.

This is not the worst in Singapore, but the most dramatic holes here are fairly tame. An example is the 18th, which played safely and sensibly offers little more than a cross-water pitch to test the player - the fountain perhaps added to distract the golfer from his task.

Built on reclaimed land and sandwiched between busy roadways, this is by no means an ideal spot for golf and the club deserves some credit for its clubhouse and for creating a pleasant golf atmosphere. If only they had made more sensible design decisions, the course might have been more enjoyable.


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