Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Singapore Tourism Board Chairman Chaly Mah has hailed Sentosa Golf Club for being named the World’s Best Golf Club at the sixth World Golf Awards.
“Our primary goal is to ensure Singapore remains an attractive business and leisure destination where possibilities can be realised and passion made possible,” said Mah.
“From F1 to the great golf tournaments Sentosa hosts, it’s events like these that help to put Singapore in the spotlight and enhance our tourism products. And to have Sentosa Golf Club recognised with such a prestigious accolade is further recognition for this great city.
“Thank you to all the team at Sentosa Golf Club for their passion and hard work, which has not only made us proud, but can inspire us to reach for extraordinary new heights in trying to achieve our goals,” he added.
Home to the Serapong and New Tanjong courses, Sentosa has hosted six globally televised golf events in just over 12 months – two SMBC Singapore Opens, two HSBC Women’s World Championships, along with the Men’s Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific Championship. It’s an achievement unmatched by any other golf club in the world.
“It is a huge honour for Sentosa to be recognised as the ‘World’s Best Golf Club’ and once again as ‘Singapore’s Best Golf Course’,” said Andy Johnston, General Manager and Director of Agronomy at Sentosa Golf Club, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“By being bestowed with such honours, it is testament to all the hard work and dedication that goes into achieving the club’s standards and maintaining two championship courses that impress both professional and amateur players from all around the world. It is achievements like this that allow Sentosa Golf Club to continually develop year on year and remain at the very top.”
The ‘World’s Best Golf Club’ award was judged by an internal panel of experts who considered a broad spectrum of factors that combine to create a club of outstanding excellence.
Sentosa was also recognised for the quality of the club as a whole, including the standard of both course designs, a pioneering commitment to environmental sustainability through its #KeepItGreen campaign, the staging of the high profile professional and amateur events, and overall ability to present two championship courses in first-class condition all year round.
It was a hugely successful night for Sentosa Golf Club with the Serapong claiming the title of ‘Singapore’s Best Golf Course’ for the second year in a row.
Bob Tan, Sentosa Development Corporation Chairman, said: “It is an honour for Sentosa Golf Club to receive two awards at this year’s World Golf Awards. We are very proud of the dedicated and hard-working team of passionate people who continually strive to make our golf courses amongst the best in the world. In doing so, Sentosa’s position within the top global tourist destinations, for both local and overseas visitors, is appreciably enhanced.”
Ross Tan, President of the Singapore Golf Association, said: “As the national governing body of golf in Singapore, we are privileged to have the support of Sentosa Golf Club to help us develop and nurture the talent of local golfers for the future. Through a dedicated sponsorship programme, by allowing our junior golfers access to the best practice facilities Asia has to offer, as well as two championship golf courses in tournament ready conditions, Sentosa Golf Club is helping us give local golfers the best possible chance to compete on the world stage.
“It is no surprise to us that they have been recognised with these awards, given how committed they are to promote and develop the sport in Singapore, and all the hard-working team at Sentosa must take a lot of credit for the latest accolades.”
R&A Asia Pacific Director Dominic Wall added: “We have a strong association and partnership with Sentosa Golf Club and Singapore. As our Asia Pacific HQ it plays a key role in our efforts to support the development of golf, which is a specific aim of ours both in Singapore and throughout the region.
“Through The Open Qualifying Series at the SMBC Singapore Open, the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and the Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific – events hosted on Sentosa’s courses – we’ve seen Asian players benefit from such platforms to play in Major championships and experience what it feels like to rub shoulders with the world’s best in tournaments such as The Open, Masters and AIG Women’s British Open. Receiving an accolade of this nature is an acknowledgement that the club deserves simply for its commitment to grow the game.”