Jurong Country Club, Singapore Land Authority hold meeting over land acquisition

The Jurong Country Club site will be where the terminus of the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail (HSR) will be located. -- PHOTO: ST FILE 
The Jurong Country Club site will be where the terminus of the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail (HSR) will be located. -- PHOTO: ST FILE 

SINGAPORE - The Jurong Country Club (JCC) and the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) held their first meeting on Friday evening to discuss the Government's acquisition of the club's 67 ha site.

An SLA spokesman told The Straits Times that it had met with JCC's general committee to "facilitate the transition and mitigate the difficulties arising from the compulsory acquisition of the club".

Earlier in the week, the Government said the terminus for the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail will be located on the land site currently occupied by JCC.

The club is expected to hand over the land by November 2016, which it will be compensated for based on market value.

The announcement came as a shock to JCC, which has a land lease until 2035, and had in 2010 splurged on a $24 million revamp of its 18-hole course.

The club has some 2,700 members, 60 per cent of whom are golfing members, while the rest are social members.