Sentosa Golf Club unveils its new state-of-the-art Serapong course after extensive upgrades

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Sentosa Golf Club has today officially reopened its
world-class state-of-the-art championship course, The Serapong,
after it underwent an extensive renovation to maintain its
immaculate conditioning and playing standards.

The 14th hole on the newly renovated Serapong Course

The renovations are headlined by a new bunkering style with
creative, artistic serrated edges to enhance The Serapong’s
character and overall strategy, whilst elevating the course to a
new level on the world stage. The club used 6,000 tonnes of new
sand during the renovations to reinstate consistency, texture and
tournament ready compaction for improved playability.

Modifications have also helped to enhance and preserve the
personality of many of The Serapong’s iconic holes, including the
signature 5th hole, which overlooks metropolitan Singapore and its
bustling port.

Masterminded by Andrew Johnston, the club’s General Manager,
Director of Agronomy and resident Golf Course Designer, The
Serapong has been closed since March and, alongside the new
bunkering, a number of other key course upgrades were implemented
during that time.

These included the re-grassing of fairways, rejuvenating them
with minor grading adjustments and improved drainage strategies, as
well as modifying the greens soil profile by introducing new carbon
technology to boost soil chemistry and profile structure.

Enhancements to the greens are set to make The Serapong’s
putting surfaces even better, which is hard to believe given the
wide acclaim they already receive from its members, guests and
visiting Tour Professionals.

Finally, the renovations also paid close attention to the
re-levelling of all tee boxes, reinstating them with the historic
tabletop flat finish The Serapong is renowned for. It will enable
the club to continue to maintain the tees at a super low mowing
height of 3mm, improving the quality of the playing experience for
members and guests.

Speaking ahead of The Serapong’s reopening, which is a soft
launch ahead of a grand reopening next March, Andrew
Johnston
said: “The last time The Serapong was renovated
was nearly 14 years ago and since then the course has grown to
become one of the world’s best, picking up multiple accolades in
the process. Despite the challenges presented by the worldwide
pandemic, we have found a way to pull the Sentosa family together
within the safe working restrictions to complete the works. This
has been a very exciting project that was well overdue, and we are
confident the changes implemented will only enhance the golfing
experience for our members and guests.

“Being located in a sub-tropical climate means the golf course
ages faster than an ordinary one, and these renovations are crucial
to maintaining the quality of the playing surfaces, as well as the
conditions and high-standards that we pride ourselves on here at
Sentosa, 365 days of the year.”

Dominic Wall – Director – Asia-Pacific at The
R&A,
commented: “The newly renovated Serapong looks
great, and continues to showcase why Sentosa Golf Club is one of
the world’s leading golfing venues. It is fantastic to see that,
throughout the entire process of the renovations, the project
continued to align with the club’s ground-breaking sustainability
agenda. With our Asia-Pacific headquarters located at the club, we
look forward to seeing Sentosa’s members and guests back out on the
fairways taking on The Serapong’s unique challenge.”

Cho Minn Thant, Commissioner & Chief Executive Offer at
The Asian Tour,
added: “The renovations undertaken on The
Serapong by the team at Sentosa have been nothing short of
breath-taking. The renovations have enabled The Serapong to retain
its unique personality and characteristics that made it one of the
world’s top golf courses, as well as the best golf course in
Singapore. With the course now reopening to members, we are looking
forward to welcoming back Asia’s best players next year to battle
it out at the SMBC Singapore Open.”

The Serapong was originally designed by the world-famous golf
course design firm Golf Plan and Ronald Fream, opening in 1982. The
course was further renovated in 2006 by the Bates Golf Design
Group, who were led at the time by their VP of Design and
Construction, Andrew Johnston, and whose designs have seen the
course’s trademark contours, extended stone-lined lakes and
breath-taking Singapore harbour backdrop become renowned across the
world.

It was recently voted ‘Singapore’s Best Golf Course’ for the
second year in a row at the World Golf Awards back in October and
finds itself regularly listed as one of the world’s greatest golf
courses.

The Serapong has played host to the Singapore Open since 2005
(initially Barclays Singapore Open, then SMBC Singapore Open from
2015), welcoming some of the world’s finest players such as 2005,
2006 and 2010 winner Adam Scott, 2018 winner Sergio Garcia and
rising Asian star Jazz Janewattananond, who captured the title in
2019.

The 2020 edition was one of the most memorable in history with
all three of Rio’s 2016 Olympic medallists, Justin Rose, Henrik
Stenson and Matt Kuchar in attendance. Kuchar eventually took the
title finishing on 18 under par


For more information on Sentosa Golf Club visit www.sentosagolf.com


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