Upswing in golf during the pandemic drives up club membership prices

Avid golfer Kelvin Chng recently purchased two additional club memberships at Sentosa Golf Club and Laguna Country Club.
Avid golfer Kelvin Chng recently purchased two additional club memberships at Sentosa Golf Club and Laguna Country Club.PHOTO: COURTESY OF KELVIN CHNG

SINGAPORE - When travel became impossible and all but essential economic activity was put on hold, golfers - and businessmen with time on their hands - turned their attention to playing at home, driving up the price of golf club memberships in the process.

Golf club memberships went up by as much as $60,000 between March last year and January this year, said brokers, with the heftiest hikes for the Singapore Island Country Club (SICC) and Sentosa Golf Club.

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