Singapore: For Sentosa Golf Club, 2018 proved to be an exceptional year that reinforced the venue’s reputation as one of the world’s leading golf destinations.
Set against the backdrop of Singapore’s iconic harbour, Sentosa’s two world-class courses played host to four internationally televised events this year.
While the SMBC Singapore Open saw 2017 Masters Champion Sergio Garcia surge to a runaway victory, Michelle Wie captured her first LPGA win since 2014 at the HSBC Women’s World Championship and 15-year-old Thai sensation Attaya Thitikul demonstrated her potential with victory at the inaugural Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific championship.
As well as the successful hosting of the 10th Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in October, 2018 marked the launch of the #KeepItGreen campaign, a pioneering initiative designed to draw attention to sustainable practices within golf.
An industry-leader in sustainable agronomical practices, the #KeepItGreen campaign has been instrumental in shining a light on Sentosa’s endeavours to ‘go green’ which included the decision to halt the use of plastic water bottles on its golf carts, instead favouring the installation of water stations around the courses, an initiative that is expected to save 150,000 water bottles each year.
“2018 has been an unforgettable year for Sentosa Golf Club. To host four international events requires exceptional dedication and hard work from the staff, and the reception the club has received in 2018 is testament to the talent and dedication of the entire team,” said Andy Johnston, General Manager and Director of Agronomy at Sentosa Golf Club, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“It has also been quite a year for us with awards and accolades, so it’s recognition such as this that keeps us motivated and ambitious for even more success as we move into next year.”
The SMBC Singapore Open, which will again form part of The Open Qualifying Series, will return to the Serapong Course from January 17-20 with Garcia confirmed to defend his title and several other big-name players, including Davis Love and Matt Fitzpatrick, also set to be in attendance.
The HSBC Women’s World Championship will also be back on the New Tanjong for 2019, with sister act Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn, and reigning champion Wie headlining a world-class field from February 28-March 3.
Doha, Qatar: The month of April is synonymous in golf for the Masters, and each year Education City Golf Club runs its own version of the tournament over the course which hosts the European Tour’s Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.