Singapore: Visitors to this week’s SMBC Singapore Open can look forward to various fun-filled activities and enjoy great hospitality while witnessing world-class golfing action.
The 51st edition of the Singapore Open takes place from January 19-22 at the Sentosa Golf Club, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
Jointly-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation, the US$1 million event will see a star-studded headed by three-time champion Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia of Spain, four-time Major winner Ernie Els of South Africa, 2016 champion Song Young-han and Japan Tour number one Yuta Ikeda.
Spectators at the SMBC Singapore Open will not be short of options for delectable food fare and spectacular vantage points on the Serapong Course as they follow their favourite players.
Along the ninth fairway, spectators can grab food and drinks and then take a break from walking and refuel themselves at the 1018 Sky Deck, The Stands @ 17TH or The Range @ New Tanjong.
The new 1018 Sky Deck overlooks a picturesque view of the 18th hole and the 10th tee, providing the perfect vantage point to catch players on the course. A perfect spot for an Instagram-worthy photo, spectators can also enjoy a cocktail here.
Admission charges of $5 for adults and $2 for children apply and proceeds will be fully donated to the Official Charity, Arc Children’s Centre (ACC).
While the 1018 Sky Deck provides a spectacular vantage point, The Stands @ 17TH offers spectators a great spot to catch close-up action right in front of them as players play the par-three penultimate hole.
Spectators can continue to follow their favourite players or rest their feet here at the grandstands. Together with friends and family, this is the place to go to soak up the atmosphere of the tournament.
After following some action on course, spectators can head over to the practice green named The Range @ New Tanjong and indulge in some scrumptious barbecue food available for purchase at The Smoke Shack or satisfy their appetite with Japanese cuisine at the 9 Samurai food station. A beer garden will also be available and the big screens there will ensure that spectators will not miss any of the live action.
For those with VIP hospitality passes, they can also sit back and relax at the Suites @ 18TH, the exclusive hospitality pavilion, and indulge in five-star cuisine by Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa and premium drinks, catered all day in a sophisticated environment.
It also provides the opportunity for visitors to catch the excitement and action of the final hole. The Suites @ 18th provides access to daily player appearances and interviews too. VIP hospitality passes are still available for purchase at the official website of the tournament: http://www.smbcsingaporeopen.com/
Activities on Site
After watching the golf action, spectators can show off their own golfing skills at The Range @ New Tanjong and participate in a mini competition called Chip In For Arc Challenge and contribute to the ACC.
For every donation of $5, participants of the Chip In For Arc Challenge will be entitled to a set of three balls and aim to hit and land the balls within the two-metre zone around three different pin positions.
The top 10 participants with the lowest combined total distance to the holes after the first three days will secure a spot in the Sunday Chip Off Finale where they will stand to win exclusive prizes such as business class return tickets to Bangkok.
The Fan Village at The Village @ 18th, located behind the 18th green of the Serapong Course, is another attraction not to be missed. It provides plenty of interactive golf-themed activities where even the young ones can take part and enjoy.
SMBC Singapore Open official merchandise is also available for purchase here and visitors can choose from a wide variety to bring home, including mesh cap and iron cover.
For those looking for new golf equipment, the tournament’s Official Equipment Supporter, TaylorMade, will be showcasing its latest product range at The Range @ New Tanjong. Spectators are welcome to try out the new 2017 M family equipment from 1 pm to 3 pm daily.
The tournament will be broadcast live at specific timings on Hub Sport 4 and Hub Sports Arena in Singapore, and Golf Channel in the US. A new highlight this year, the Beat The Pro contest will also be broadcast live. The challenge will see 10 pre-selected contestants attempt to hit their ball closer to the hole than the Pros at the par-three second hole while the tournament is being played and stand to win fantastic prizes from the Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa and TaylorMade Adidas Golf.
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