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How to Get Started with Golf in Singapore?
Posted date: 23-Feb-2018

Dream of driving a powerful accurate long swing at the range or perfecting that putt into the hole like the pros but have no idea on how to get started?


Here’re some good-to-know basics:




Undergo beginner lessons (one-on-one / group sessions available) from a certified coach to attain a Proficiency Certification (PC). You’ll learn the fundamentals of golf and techniques of a golf swing.


What is a PC?

A PC is issued by a golf club to allow new golfers to play on golf courses in order to gain sufficient experience. PC grants players with temporary playing privileges and has an expiry date. The golfer is expected to take the necessary steps to obtain a golf Handicap afterwards.




Etiquette on the course is highly emphasized in the game of golf and the dress code must be adhered to at all times. Players are encouraged to be dressed in:

  • Shirts: Polo shirts or collared tees
  • Bottoms:
    • For Ladies: Skirts, Skorts, and Culottes
    • For Men: Pants or bermuda-length shorts (Linen, Khaki or Cotton)
  • Footwear: Spiked/Spike-less golf shoe which offers comfort, breathability, water resistance, style and traction.

*Depending on the conditions you play in, you may want to consider waterproof shoes. Course conditions can be wet even if you’re not playing in the rain as there’s often moisture on the grass.





What you need:

  1. Golf Clubs – Varying golf clubs may be used for different kinds of shots (depending on the distances and trajectories). Mainly classified into four types – woods, irons, wedges, and putters, there are different sizes available in each category, indicated by a number on the club. Lower numbers indicate more power for players to make further shots.
  2. Golf Tee – Used to support a stationary ball so that the player can strike it
  3. Golf Balls – Neon or colored golf balls are great for beginners and easy-to-spot on the green.
  4. Gloves – Improve your grip on the club and prevent blisters on your hand

Tip: If you’re just starting out, do check out Carousell for affordable second-hand buys!





Practice usually takes place at the driving range. Depending on the golf course and peak or off-peak timing, range balls rates usually range from 4cents to 8cents per ball. Range balls can be dispensed by way of purchasing a pre-paid card or range card from the Customer Relations Counter.




There are 14 golf clubs and 26 18-hole course combinations in Singapore, but many of them require a membership which you may not want to invest in, especially if you’re new to the green.

Here are some places open for visitors to check out:


For starters, try a game at Mandai Executive Golf Course, a 9-hole; Par 29 public course situated next to the Upper Seletar Reservoir. The friendly course features a variety of par 3s and par 4s which allows golfers to use most of the clubs, perfect for beginners and experienced golfers who wish to sharpen their short game skills.


If you’re up for a leisure game, join U Sports for a fun weekend golfing time at the

U Golf 9-Hole Night series every 1st or 3rd Saturday of the month @ Orchid Country Club.