Keppel Club

4-star: generally an excellent standard golf course, well worth visiting.
   Keppel Club Est. 1904

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Keppel Club: Located on the doorstep of downtown Singapore, Keppel does a marvellous job of fusing the external city environment with a wonderfully natural, challenging and well-designed golf course. City and jungle sounds are heard in equal measure. The golfing challenge at Keppel comes from the course's tightness and its often pronounced elevation changes.

The opening hole at Keppel Club beautifully encapsulates the test ahead. Played from an elevated tee, this shortish par-4 is characterised by the quality of its design and appearance: the fairway is tight, the bunkering top-class, and a large, stylish apartment block provides the backdrop to the green. On this well presented layout, OB or thick vegetation often lines one side of the hole, while things may be more forgiving on the other side, unless water is present. Small lakes and ponds come into play on several holes.

The most natural stretch of the course features the tight par-5 9th (known as the Berlayer hole), with the Berlayer creek skirting the entire right side of the hole. This tidal creek and natural mango swamp, flows out into Keppel Harbour, just a few metres beyond the clubhouse.

With a few blind drives and approach shots to make, occasionally a traffic light system is employed to ensure you are not hitting into the group in front. The often quite small two-tier greens are elegantly contoured and usually defended by good bunkering. Given its tightness (breathlessly so at the par-4 17th) this challenging layout does not provide an easy-going outing for wayward hitters nor higher handicappers. It is however, one of the hidden gems of Singapore golf, and well worth a visit.

post-2021 closure: coincident with the expiry of its lease on Dec 31, 2021, the golf course at Keppel Club will close to make way for a housing development.

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Making Contact

Keppel Club
Bukit Chermin Road,
 Singapore 109918
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Office   +65 6375 5569 -71
Pro Shop   +65 6375 5560

  +65 6272 1563

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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland.
Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Urban environment and jungle.
Designer: Chris Pitman laid out the 18-hole course in 1977, which was later re-worked by Ron Fream.
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Metres 5917 5537 5108
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 72.5 70.4 73.8
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How2Get There?

6 km SW of Singapore centre (Raffles Hotel area).
From the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE), directly south of downtown Singapore, take exit 2A and follow Keppel Road direction Sentosa. Follow this road (which becomes Telok Blangah Road) for approx 2.8 km, then turn left into Bukit Chermin Road (do not go over Gateway Ave Bridge to Sentosa). Follow road for o.7 km to Clubhouse.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, 18-holes (walk-in visitor): Tues-Fri S$200; weekends S$320. Golf cart included. Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends. Course usually closed for maintenance on Mondays.  Must book in advance. Handicap required.
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Other Information
Walking permitted at certain times.

Practice facilities
Good: including a two-tier driving range.
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Did you know?

Keppel Club is one of Singapore's oldest golf and country club's. It is likely the golf course started as a 3-hole layout in a nutmeg plantation, probably created around 1900 (before its official founding in 1904). It became a nine-hole course around 1908, extended to 18 in 1977.

The club takes its name from Sir Henry Keppel, a British naval officer, who made a name for himself in the suppression of piracy in the Straights of Singapore while commander of HMS Dido. He later became an Admiral of the Fleet.

One of the Club's many claims to fame is the former existence of its unique golf-bag mono-rail system. Before the days of buggies, when caddies were also scarce, Keppel introduced the mono-cart system to transport your clubs alongside each hole from "station-to-station". It was considered an effective way to lighten the burden of carrying one's own clubs around this quite hilly layout. The system was in operation from 1996 until 2004; now only a few sections of rail and occasional "stations" can be seen. Often in view from the course are the jungle clad slopes of Labrador Park.

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Latitude: (1.266994)
Longitude: (103.807197)
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Furama Riverfront Hotel 4-star
405 Havelock Road, Singapore 169633
+65 6333 8898

Located within walking distance to entertainment centres like Clarke Quay and vibrant Chinatown and minutes away from business districts, Furama RiverFront is an elegant 4-star hotel offering over 500 modern rooms and suites with kitchenettes.

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The Sentosa Resort (a Beaufort Hotel) 5-star
2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa, Singapore 099891
+65 6275 0331

This wonderful 5-star luxury hotel is located next door to Sentosa Golf Club, although the two entities are not under common ownership. Sentosa Resort is a member of Beaufort Hotels and Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

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