Golf: Singapore's first par-six hole opens on July 1 at Marina Bay Golf Course

Marina Bay Golf Course (MBGC) will unveil Singapore's first par-six hole on July 1.
Marina Bay Golf Course (MBGC) will unveil Singapore's first par-six hole on July 1. PHOTO: MARINA BAY GOLF COURSE

SINGAPORE - Marina Bay Golf Course (MBGC) will unveil the longest hole in Singapore on July 1, the country's first par-six hole which will measure 651m from the black tee box.

The first 144 golfers to play on the newly-renovated MBGC's 4th hole will also receive attractive goodie bags and a chance to win novelty game prizes

Opened in November 2006, the club is owned by NCI (NTUC Club Investment) and the course was designed by South African Phil Jacobs, responsible for the Links course at Fancourt in South Africa, site of the 2003 Presidents Cup, and Ria Bintan in Indonesia.

Said NCI Golf chairman Ng Ser Miang: "We are thrilled to unveil the par six to the public as part of our 10th year celebrations."

The 4th hole has been reconfigured and lengthened by more than 160m from its previous length of 497m.

It is an intimidating hole. The extended dogleg-right fairway leads to an obscured green which is guarded by a pond and trees on the right side.

The award-winning MBGC - voted Best Public Golf Course in Asia Pacific at the 2015 Asian Golf Awards - will also be giving away golf discount vouchers worth $10,000 on July 1.

Said Ng: "In the last ten years, we have never wavered in our commitment to upkeep the high standards we have set since day one. As the only 18-hole golf course for the public, we have strived to deliver a golfing experience that is no less than what country clubs offer.

"We are grateful for the continuous support which we enjoy from the golfing community and we hope that the new par-six will enhance golfers' playing experience at Marina Bay Golf Course."

The club also plans to renovate its driving range and introduce six balls-per-flight and flexible tee time bookings in the future.