Singapore: Orchid Country Club [OCC], one of Singapore’s most progressive golfing establishments, has signed up with the Asian Golf Industry Federation [AGIF].
Approaching its 25th anniversary, the club is located along the picturesque waterways of the Sungei Seletar Reservoir. It boasts 27 holes and a host of other sporting, dining, entertainment and conferencing offerings.
A former Singapore Open venue, OCC has become a Golf Facility Member of the AGIF – following in the footsteps of fellow award-winning Singapore clubs Laguna National Golf and Country Club, Sentosa Golf Club and Tanah Merah Country Club.
With excellent accommodation at Orchid Lodge as well as world-class conferencing and meeting facilities, the OCC will play host to next month’s AGIF-organised Business Management Institute [BMI] course and the 11th Asian Club Managers Conference.
Eric Lynge, the AGIF’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “The Orchid Country Club is one of the most welcoming and friendly golf clubs in the region.
“As well as presenting three challenging nine-hole courses, the OCC has a stunning array of food and beverage outlets and outstanding social and recreational activities.”
Peter Goh, General Manager at OCC, said: “We are delighted to be joining the Asian Golf Industry Federation as a Golf Facility Member.
“At the OCC, our mission is to be a leader in golf and hospitality, delighting our guests with a uniquely Orchid experience.
“We are pleased to be the venue for the forthcoming Business Management Institute course and look forward to showcasing the OCC’s facilities to all attendees.”
It was in 1990 that the late Ong Teng Cheong, then Secretary-General of the NTUC, set out the reasons for developing a golf and country club for Singaporean workers.
He envisioned making golf accessible and affordable to workers, which also helped to strengthen their belief that progress of Singapore is shared by them and that ‘golf will no longer be a game for executives only’.
The first phase of the club development was completed in September 1993. It included the driving range, golf clubhouse and the first of the nine-hole layouts, the Aranda Course.
Comprising the development of the Vanda and Dendro Courses, the social clubhouse and Orchid Lodge, most of the second phase was completed by the end of 1994.
By the fourth quarter of 1995, the Dendro Course and the Bowling Alley were also opened for play.
Barely two years since the AGIF launched the Golf Facility category, dozens of the region’s most prominent clubs have signed up as members.
“Golf facilities represent an enormous part of our industry and as we continue to run an increasing number of educational events for course superintendents and general managers, and offer more benefits to clubs, we are confident that this category of membership will grow,” said Lynge.
In total, the AGIF has Golf Facility members in 11 countries or regions – Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.