SINGAPORE - Next year's HSBC Women's Champions will see three new faces added to the golf tournament's stellar line-up, albeit outside the ropes.
As part of the organisers' push towards including more lifestyle elements during the four-day competition which has regularly attracted the world's best female golfers, British three-man pop band Take That will host a concert on March 5.
The one-off ticketed gig will be held at the Sentosa Golf Club (SGC) and will accommodate about 5,000 fans. The SGC is also the host venue of the US$1.5 million (S$2.11 million) tournament, which started in 2008 and will be into its ninth edition.
Besides the outdoor concert, which will be held on a custom-built stage at the SGC's driving range, acclaimed electronic dance music artist Jack Novak from Chicago will be performing while a food village - headed by an internationally renowned chef - will also be set up at the SGC's Serapong Course.
Said IMG Asia Pacific senior vice-president Robbie Henchman: "Golf, music and food enthusiasts will be treated to a completed new experience at the HSBC Women's Champions in March. We have transformed the dynamics of the event to ensure that the three different components all work together, making for an entirely new visitor experience."
Last month, the British bank extended its title sponsorship of the Women's Champions for another three years.
The 2016 staging will be held from March 3-6 with defending champion Park In-bee of South Korea, ranked second in the world, world No. 1 Lydia Ko and 2014 champion Paula Creamer confirming their participation.
Said seven-time Major winner Park: "The tournament is one of the best in the world and always has one of the toughest fields we play all year so it's a great tournament to play."
Added Ko: "With the likes of Take That and Jack Novak entertaining the fans and players, 2016 will be the best yet. I am very excited about it."
Tickets for both the HSBC Women's Champions and the Take That concert go on sale from today and can be purchased at www.sistic.com.sg