Tee off soon to great savings with SPH Golf Card

(From left) Mr Ravi Chandran, Banyan Tree's senior vice-president; Laguna Golf ambassador and six-time Major champion Nick Faldo and Mr Murali Subramaniam, director of SPH Pacom, a Singapore Press Holdings subsidiary, and deputy editor of The New Pap
(From left) Mr Ravi Chandran, Banyan Tree's senior vice-president; Laguna Golf ambassador and six-time Major champion Nick Faldo and Mr Murali Subramaniam, director of SPH Pacom, a Singapore Press Holdings subsidiary, and deputy editor of The New Paper.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

Recreational golfers in Singapore can now look forward to great deals and savings after yesterday's launch of the SPH Golf Card.

The card will be available to the public by the end of the year and is priced - for a limited period - at $150 a year. Besides maintaining the member's golf handicap, the SPH Golf Card offers global golf insurance and various other benefits and discounts.

New sign-ups will receive a complimentary round of golf at each of Laguna Golf's renowned regional courses in Bintan, Indonesia; Phuket, Thailand; and Lang Co in Danang, Vietnam. Thereafter, members can pay a preferred rate of $48 for a round at Laguna Bintan Golf Course.

Mr Paul Wilson, assistant vice-president and group golf director at Laguna Golf, said: "We are delighted to have the opportunity to become such an integral part of this innovative new Golf Card concept, and look forward to welcoming SPH Golf Card holders to our Laguna Golf destination with Banyan Tree and Angsana resorts in Bintan, Phuket and Lang Co."

Laguna Golf, under the Banyan Tree Group, is a key partner of the SPH Golf Card, which will use an online platform for scoring and golf course bookings. The par-72 Bintan course, originally designed by former world No. 1 Greg Norman, held its grand re-opening on site yesterday with Laguna Golf ambassador and six-time Major champion Nick Faldo in attendance.

The Englishman, who was also presented with an honorary membership, added that the Laguna courses in South-east Asia "are among my favourite spots in the region and are enhanced by the renowned spa facilities and hospitality of the Banyan Tree Resorts".

The SPH Golf Card will come under the Singapore Golf Association's (SGA) umbrella of associate members and SGA president Ross Tan noted that "we look forward to working together for the betterment of golf in Singapore".

SPH Golf Card members are also eligible for a free round at various highly rated golf courses, including Johor Baru's Horizon Hills Golf Club which previously hosted the US$2 million (S$2.8 million) Johor Open, and several in Australia like the Woodlands Golf Club in the famed Melbourne Sandbelt and a choice of either Barnbougle Dunes or Barnbougle Lost Farm in Tasmania.

Besides the savings from the free rounds, SPH Golf Card members will have access to some of the most prestigious and private Australian golf clubs such as Huntingdale and Metropolitan in Melbourne, The National Golf Club in the Mornington Peninsula and Royal Adelaide in South Australia.

Sales manager Chan Zi An, 30, said: "This is a very attractive deal, especially with the complimentary rounds packaged in."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 04, 2016, with the headline 'Tee off soon to great savings with SPH Golf Card'. Print Edition | Subscribe