Overview

Club Overview

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.

Golf Courses

GARDEN COURSE

Originally designed by Thomson, Wolveridge, Fream and Associates in 1984, the Garden Course underwent several redesigns, first by Max Wexler in 1990, followed by Phil Jacobs in 2004, and now by the renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones II. Today, golfers at all levels can enjoy the challenge of this premier golf course in Singapore. The new-fangled Garden Course retained its unique touch of picturesque holes with strategically placed lakes, well-appointed trees, multi-hued flowers and tropical foliage.

How Garden Grew

Sculpted from a barren piece of reclaimed land, TMCC’s multiple award-winning Garden Course has always been the premier golf course to play in the region. Work first commenced on the original Garden in 1981. Four years later, construction was completed, the Garden Course was born and remains one of the most beguiling courses to this day.

Ten years after its debut, the Club engaged golf designer Max Wexler, who worked in close collaboration with former Club Captain Tan Puay Huat in 1992 on major course improvement works, including improvements to the drainage and irrigation network of the Garden Course. While much of the original layout remained, the fairways and greens were re-contoured and the hardy ‘king of grasses’ – Zoysia matrella, were planted on the fairways and tees.

In 2004, the Garden Course underwent another redevelopment. The two-year project saw golf course designer, Phil Jacobs working in close collaboration with the former Club President Tan Puay Huat to redefine the Garden Course. It was reopened in 2006, retaining the features of a walking course while accommodating the use of buggies. The new design also eliminated spectator congestion during major tournaments by creating large land crossings over lakes replacing the many narrow bridges, as well as incorporating strategic spectator viewing mounds. The hardier and proven Paspalum SeaIsle 2000 grass was then introduced for the greens, which substantially improved their tolerance to the harsh tropical climate, particularly during the wet monsoon months, thus producing consistently good putting surfaces throughout the year.

With airport expansion works encroaching onto parts of the Garden Course, the course was reconfigured in December 2014 with the makeover taking a mere three months to complete. Course designer Phill Jacobs was re-engaged to preserve the challenges and quality, which has always been the hallmark of the Garden Course. The re-configured Garden Par 70 was officially opened for play on Sunday,1 March 2015.

The Garden Couse had undergone its most major redevelopment to-date in 2019, necessitated by future infrastructure development works which will again affect it. As such, on 25 February 2019, the entire Garden Course was closed for a record-breaking 11-month complete redevelopment. It was reopened for members’ play on 10 February 2020. The entire redesign was undertaken by internationally acclaimed golf course designer, Robert Trent Jones II. Although the area available for golf course use was substantially reduced, RTJ II rose to the challenge and successfully reimagined the new Garden Course and skilfully crafted 18 unique golf holes in an almost impossible space, utilising every available area on the green canvas.

With the spirit of the old Garden very much alive, the new iteration of the Garden Course, which was reopened for play in early 2020, boasts of a uniquely enjoyable 18-hole, par 71 golf course with a respectable length of over 5,700 metres. Comprising 18 memorable golf holes framed by picturesque lakes, strategically placed bunkers and beautiful landscape befitting its name, the new Garden promises golfers of every level a truly memorable round as the unique ribbon tees allows the course to be set up to match all styles of play.

Away from the greens, the Garden Clubhouse was also extensively refurbished in 2019, with the Garden Golfers’ Terrace and the changing rooms completely refreshed lending the club a more contemporary and resort-style feel.

FAST FACTS
Garden Course
18-hole Buggy/Caddie/Turfmate Course
First opened for play 1982
First official opening of Garden Course 17 March 1984
(by former Club Patron Dr Goh Keng Swee)
Official Opening of Re-developed Garden Course & Clubhouse Facilities to be scheduled
Soft Launch of Reconfigured Course 10 February 2020
Clubhouse Architects Ballew McFarland, Inc., Irvine, California
Golf Course Designers
1984 Thomson, Wolveridge, Fream & Associates
1992 (redesigned) Max Wexler, in collaboration with former Club Captain Tan Puay Huat
2004 (redesigned & redeveloped) Phil Jacobs, in collaboration with former Club President Tan Puay Huat
2015 (reconfigured) Phil Jacobs
2019 (redeveloped) Robert Trent Jones, Jr (RTJ II)

 

TAMPINES 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.

It has been the club’s philosophy to continue improve and develop our courses and club facilities for the benefits of members. As such in 2017, the Tampines was redeveloped and completed in 15 months. The stunning designed layout was soft opened on Monday, 30 April 2018.

The championship course, 6,887 metres, par 72 has been lengthened by 466 metres and designed by course deisgner, Phil Jacobs.

The course features beautiful water feature, gently rolling fairways, undulating greens, well-placed bunkers, calm lakes and parkland-style with trees to allow golfers long views of key points on the course. The gently rolling fairways is not the only challenge, as golfers may have to negotiate tricky pin positions if the ball is in the wrong quadrant of the green. Golfers will find that they need every club in their bag to turn in a good round.

Tampines will provide a truly unique memorable experience, good challenge and fun for all levels of golfers, including the professionals.

Fast Facts
Tampines Course
18-hole Buggy Course

Course Opened for Play 1988
Golf Course Designers
1994 (redesigned) Chris Pitman in collaboration with then Club Captain Tan Puay Huat
2009 Improvement works
2017 (redesigned) Phil Jacobs
Total Yardage 6,887 metres (Par 72)
Course Rating 76.1
Slope Rating Black 147
Blue 136
White 134
Red 137
Turf on Fairways & Roughs Zoysia matrella
Turf on Greens Paspalum platinum TE

Sports & Recreation

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.

F&B

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.

Facilities

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.