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. PHOTO: COURTESY OF KELVIN CHNG
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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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