On 14 November 1978, the ad hoc Committee of Tanah Merah Country Club (TMCC) met for the first time to appoint golf course designers and clubhouse architects. The landmark meeting paved the way for the Pro-Tem Management Committee, which was formed in 1980, to oversee the ongoing development of the Club course and facilities. Since then, TMCC has added a second championship golf course, more comprehensive recreational facilities and enhanced its staff strength to more than 220 dedicated people. Today, the Club continues to set high standards in service and quality throughout the region. One of Asia’s most prestigious clubs, Tanah Merah Country Club has earned many awards and accolades over the years for its two championship courses – Garden Course and Tampines Course. Since its official opening in 1984, the Club has played host to Asia’s premier events such as Singapore Open, Johnnie Walker Classic, Tiger Skins, Lexus Cup and, the HSBC Women’s Champions. The Club prides itself for having members comprising mainly high-ranking individuals, leading corporate figures and some of the who’s who in Singapore’s management ranks. At Tanah Merah Country Club, members also enjoy myriad exciting facilities, including a welcoming Clubhouse, an Olympic-size swimming pool, tennis and squash courts, and four F&B outlets.
Originally designed by Thomson, Wolveridge, Fream and Associates in 1984, and later renovated by Max Wexler in 1990, Garden Course was redesigned by Phil Jacobs in 2004. The original 6,383-metre (6,980 yards) layout was stretched to 6,721 metres (7,350 yards). Opened for play in 2006, the new Garden Course retained its unique feature of lakes surrounded by mature trees, multihued flowers and tropical foliage. Today, golfers at all levels – from novices to professionals – enjoy the challenge of this premier golf course in Singapore.
How Garden Grew
Sculpted from a barren piece of reclaimed land, TMCC’s multiple award-winning Garden Course is one of the finest golf courses in the region today. Work first commenced on the original Garden Course in 1981. Four years later, construction was completed. Garden Course was one of the most beguiling courses in its day.
Ten years after its debut, more improvements were underway. Former golf designer Max Wexler worked in close collaboration with then Club Captain Tan Puay Huat in 1992 to enhance the drainage and irrigation network of Garden Course. While much of the original layout remained, the fairways and greens were recontoured, and the hardy ‘king of grasses‘ – Zoysia matrella, were planted on the fairways and tees.
In 2004, Garden Course underwent its most recent redevelopment. The two-year project put renowned golf course designer Phil Jacobs in collaboration with then Club President Tan Puay Huat. Reopened in 2006, the new Garden Course retained the feature of a walking course while accommodating the use of buggies. The new design also eliminated spectator congestion during major tournaments by incorporating strategic viewing mounds. The hardier Paspalum Sealsle 2000 grass substantially improved the tolerance of the greens for wet weather.
2014-2015 (3 months – Dec 14 to Mar 15)
The reconfigured Garden Par 70 is the third makeover and this time, unlike the previous two occasions, the necessary change was due to the Government’s acquisition of 10 hectares of the club land for expansion of Changi Airport. The new reconfigured layout – four slightly shortened but challenging and interesting PAR 4s; two longish and tough PAR 3s and a tempting 2-ON stretched HOLE #18 PAR 5.
The affected holes were reconfigured within 3 months (1 December 2014 to 1 March 2015), with no reduction in quality and playability. The overall perspective – “SLIGHTLY TIGHTER but OUTSTANDING LAYOUT with CHALLENGING and THINKING HOLES.”
18-hole Buggy/Caddie/Turfmate Course
How The ‘West‘ Was Won
The club’s second 18 holes was envisioned to be ‘equal to or better than’ and “different” from its first, according to the former Club Chairman Sim Kee Boon.
Originally designed by Max Wexler and launched in 1988, the 6,421 metres par 72 course was noted as the first buggy-only course in the region. Built at a reported cost of $1 million per hole, the course was lauded for its ‘natural appeal’, featuring soft gradients of rolling hills with spacious teeing areas and large greens. The ‘West Course’ as Tampines Course was originally referred to, has arguably an even richer array of vegetation and wildlife than its sister course, Garden Course.
In the mid 1990s, the course was given a ‘complete face-lift’ by renowned golf course shaper, Chris Pitman in collaboration with then Club Captain Tan Puay Huat. The aim was to eliminate drainage problems, re-turf and update the fairways and greens for aesthetics and challenging play. The club created three new holes for an exciting 21-hole play, in addition to the usual 18-hole between 2004 and 2009.
In the third quarter of 2009, Tampines Course was upgraded in three phases to improve the aesthetics and presentation as well as the playability of selected holes to bring it closer to the standards of Garden Course.
18-hole Buggy Course
Sports & Recreation
TMCC offers a wide variety of recreational activities and sports for an energetic day, rain or shine. The Club strives to provide facilities and activities that are aligned with the ever-evolving preferences of our members and guests of all ages. It also organises sports programmes featuring experienced and professional coaches to provide proper skills development in various sporting events.
Flavours To Savour
From a full banquet Chinese restaurant to a breezy cafe by the pool, TMCC offers diners a plethora of culinary options for any occasion. Every month, the club also presents special gastronomic treats to all members and guests.
If you’re searching for a perfect setting for an intimate private occasion, an original spot for a corporate event, or the ideal venue for a grand-scale banquet, let us lend a hand in making your event a success and celebration to remember.
Social & Enrichment
Seeking to further enrich your life? We have a great variety of fitness classes, workshops and social activities to keep you active, entertained and enjoying life throughout the year.