Keppel Club, Singapore Island Country Club could be most affected by Land Use Plan

A view of the golf course from the Singapore Island Country Club (SICC) clubhouse. Speculation is mounting that Keppel Club and SICC are likely to be the most affected of the 11 private golf clubs when details are released on Feb 16 on whether t
A view of the golf course from the Singapore Island Country Club (SICC) clubhouse. Speculation is mounting that Keppel Club and SICC are likely to be the most affected of the 11 private golf clubs when details are released on Feb 16 on whether their leases will be extended. -- ST FILE PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN

Speculation is mounting that Keppel Club and Singapore Island Country Club (SICC) are likely to be the most affected of the 11 private golf clubs when details are released on Feb 16 on whether their leases will be extended.

In response to queries as to whether Keppel will be offered an alternative site after the club's lease ends in 2021, the Ministry of Law (MinLaw) declined to comment. But it reiterated its stance that no new land will be set aside for golf clubs and courses. Some Keppel members are hoping for an offer of an alternative site while others are concerned that this may not materialise.

As for SICC, MinLaw told The Straits Times that it should come as "no surprise if one of the club's locations is affected". SICC has four 18-hole courses, the largest number among clubs here. Their lease also ends in 2021.

The Government had explained in January last year that low-intensity golf course land may be taken back to serve more pressing needs such as housing, infrastructure and transport.

Representatives from government agencies will be meeting members of Tanah Merah Country Club and NSRCC in Changi as well as that of Keppel Club and SICC on Sunday to reveal details of how they will be affected.

When asked about the impact on Tanah Merah Country Club and NSRCC, MinLaw said that the two clubs may have to reconfigure part of their courses to allow for expansion of Changi Airport, which is set to expand further.

Even if there are no other requirements for the land, MinLaw said it will ensure that there are sufficient courses set aside for the public, National Service men and women as well as the labour movement.

"The minimum requirement is to have one 18-hole course available for public use," MinLaw added.

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