Welcome to U Golf Interest Group
While golf is a leisurely sport enjoyed at one’s own pace, it demands decision-making and focus ahead of every stroke. Good for the mind and body under the tranquil surroundings of the course, it is a great time for golfers to build friendships on the course through the holes whilst keeping fit.
Over the years, U Sports has organized various major golf tournaments, bringing together people from different walks of life, from the young to active agers alike, where multiple personal friendship and business relations were forged.
New to Golf? 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?
Read on for some good-to-know basics for NTUC/nEbO members.
Please note that the information listed below are for reference only and details may be subject to changes without prior notice.
Undergo beginner lessons (one-on-one / group sessions available) from a certified coach or golf academy to attain a Proficiency Certification (PC). You’ll learn the fundamentals of golf and techniques of a golf swing.
Some options to get you started:
U Sports Golf Intro Clinic (currently on hold till further notice due to Covid-19)
U Sports holds regular scheduled 1-hour golf intro clinic (fees apply) at Orchid Country Club (OCC) driving range for NTUC/nEbO members.
The intro clinic is conducted by certified coaches or golf academy at OCC. You can expect to learn fundamentals of golf swing, posture and stance, golf grip, proper golf attires and driving range etiquettes.
Stand to enjoy exclusive beginners lesson rates when you sign up for lessons after the clinic.
Please note that all lesson fees typically do not include:
- Buggy & green fees
- Short game facilities for private self practice
- Golf/range balls
- Test fees (Proficiency Certificate or Courtesy Round)
- Golf workshop fees
- Equipment rental fees for on-course session
- Golf insurance
- Fixed/block lesson booking fees
my golf kaki
NTUC members can sign up for my golf kaki (MGK) membership for exclusive rates/discounts for lessons with Star Golf Academy.
Find out more about MGK membership rates, perks and benefits at https://www.mygolfkaki.com/
Orchid Country Club
You may choose to take beginners lessons with certified coaches or golf academy teaching at OCC driving range. Upon completion of beginners lessons, you can arrange with the Club for PC and Handicap Tests (for OCC members).
Related fees and charges apply – please refer to https://www.orchidclub.com/handicap-pc-tests/
For more info on OCC membership, please visit https://www.orchidclub.com/membership/
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.
Orchid Country Club (OCC) members may obtain their Handicap or PC at the Club. For more info on OCC membership, please visit https://www.orchidclub.com/membership/
Alternatively, NTUC members can sign up for MGK membership and register for PC and Handicap with MGK. Related charges and fees apply. For more info, please refer to https://www.mygolfkaki.com/Handicap.aspx
Getting your Handicap
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.
A Handicap Index is a net score that indicates the golfer’s playing ability derived from a few rounds of golf played. A Handicap Index will allow golfers of different playing ability to play fairly on somewhat equivalent terms.
For MGK members, the process typically involves first going for a Courtesy Round (9 holes golf rounds) with appointed tester. Upon successful completion of Courtesy Round, submit 3 x 18-hole score cards and USGA Handicap Index will be awarded after submission of sufficient score cards.
Attire & Footwear
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
- 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:
- 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.
- Golf Tee – Used to support a stationary ball so that the player can strike it
- Golf Balls – Neon or colored golf balls are great for beginners and easy-to-spot on the green.
- 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!
OCC/U Sports 9-Hole Night Series
OCC/U Sports 9-Hole Night Series is the first of its kind golf event that allows busy working individuals to relax at a leisure social game on a weekend evening. Players can register as a solo golfer or as a flight of 4.
Dates (2021 Sat nights): 17 April 2021 (FULL) , 29 May 2021 (FULL) , 19 June 2021 (FULL) , 24 July 2021 (FULL) , 21 Aug 2021 (FULL), 18 Sept 2021 (FULL) , 16 Oct 2021, 6 Nov 2021 , 4 Dec 2021
Time: 4.30pm onwards
Venue: Orchid Country Club
Format of Play: 2 tee start and tee time from 4:37 to 5:27pm, 10 mins interval
^Dates may be subject to changes without prior notice.
|Registration Fees (per event)|
|MGK / NTUC MEMBER||$115|
Terms and conditions can be found here : OCC/U Sports Night Series Terms and Conditions
*Fee includes green fees, buggy fees, night lights, Slots are available on a first-come first-served basis. Limited to 48 players only.
Scoring, buffet dinner, beer, lucky draw and tournament prizes not included.
To register please contact Mr Eugene Chong at 6589 1619 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether you’re a golf beginner trying to get the hang of the sport or amateur players looking to challenge your limits and acquire more skills to outperform your game, there’s an event suitable for everyone. Learn to play golf with our community of friendly golfers, enjoy discounts to golf clinics and pick up golfing tips from the pros at our regular golfing sessions.
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