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Golf courses to make way for growing population

Published on Jan 31, 2013 12:00 PM
 
File photo of the Singapore Island Country Club. The Government is looking at redeveloping some golf courses to support a growing population of up to 6.9 million by 2030. -- ST PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN

Sprawling golf courses could be put to better use, and the Government is looking at redeveloping some of them to support a growing population of up to 6.9 million by 2030.

There are now 18 golf courses here, which occupy about 1,500 hectares of land.

They are generally on a 30-year lease, and that many of them will expire from 2021 onwards.

The move is part of a wider Land Use Plan released by the Ministry of National Development on Tuesday which sets out how Singapore will cater to the population growth.

The government will free up land with low intensity uses such as golf courses, existing military training areas and farmland for redevelopment to optimise land use, it said.

Some golf courses that have their leases running out in the next decade includes Keppel, Tanah Merah, Seletar and Sentosa.

The other clubs are Singapore Island Country Club, Laguna National, Changi Golf Course, Orchid Country Club, NSRCC - Tanah Merah, Marina Bay Golf Course, Raffles Country Club, NSRCC - Kranji, Warren Golf Club, Jurong Country Club, Executive Golf Course (Mandai), Sembawang Country Club, Green Fairways and Tanglin Golf Club.