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Quick Golf Trips from Singapore
11th July 2019
Singapore is one of the best placed islands around for access to golf in South East Asia. Not only does Singapore have many world class courses of its own (Search Singapore Golf Courses Here), it is also a stones throw away from golf on the Indonesian islands of Bintan and Batam, as well as a short drive from excellent courses in Johore, Malaysia. And this is all without mentioning the ease of a short flight to Vietnam or Thailand.
We thought we’d have a look at the day trip options open to Singapore based golfers or holiday makers visiting Singapore, and looking for a round of golf. On the weekend, it may be difficult or very expensive to get a visitor rate at most courses in Singapore, so many golfers flock to the various ferry terminals every Saturday and Sunday morning, on their way to Bintan or Batam for a days golf. Others choose to drive over either of two bridges to play one of the many courses in Johor Bahru. And recently, Desaru Coast has been redeveloped, with the Els Club offering golfers some outstanding golf over two 18 hole courses.
Bintan is about a 45 minute ferry ride from Singapore, with all ferries to Bintan leaving from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. Most day trip packages include express immigration, and once you check your golf bag in at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, you basically don’t need to worry about it again until you get back to Singapore, with the golf club staff handling everything.
There are four 18 hole golf courses on Bintan. 2 at Bintan Lagoon Resort and then Ria Bintan and Laguna Golf Bintan. Both Ria Bintan and Laguna Golf Bintan have had work done to them in the last few years (with Laguna Golf Bintan being completely refurbished into an excellent, challenging course), and are both in great condition. Ria Bintan has for a long time been recognised as one of the best courses in Asia, and should be on any keen golfers ‘to play’ list. A day trip to Bintan is always great fun, and the day trip packages offered by the golf courses there make it incredibly easy and affordable to do.
Bintan day trip packages can be quickly and easily booked via Tee Time Saver, check out a few below.
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Another 35 – 50 minute ferry ride (depending on which ferry terminals you are going from and to) is Batam, also rich with golf courses offering excellent day trip options. Ferries to Batam either depart from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal or Harbourfront Ferry Terminal, and are bound for one of 3 ferry terminals in Batam depending on which golf course you are playing.
Padang Golf Sukajadi is the newest of the courses on Batam, and is usually in great condition. The greens are some of the best on any of the Indonesian islands, and definitely worth playing if you are planning on golfing in Batam. It also has a Raddisson Hotel attached to it, making it great for a golfing weekend.
Palm Springs offers three 9 hole courses by the water, while SouthLinks and Tering Bay both offer tricky 18 hole layouts. In a similar fashion to Bintan, all of these courses know how to look after you well. With their day trip packages including express immigration and golf bag handling, ensuring you have the easiest golf trip imaginable.
Batam day trip packages can also be quickly and easily booked via Tee Time Saver, check out a few below.
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Johore is a state at the southern most point of Malaysia, separated from Singapore by the Causway, and a quick trip from Singapore via one of two bridges (or by ferry if traveling to Desaru). And like Bintan and Batam, Johore has plenty of golf courses that attract Singapore based golfers.
The most famous of them would be Horizon Hills. It has hosted multiple European and Asian Tour events, and is regarded as one of the best courses in Asia. Its a tricky golf course, that offers plenty of risk/reward scenario’s. The course is always in excellent condition and the greens are some of the best in Malaysia.
In the 1990’s golfers used to travel to Desaru to play golf, but over time the golf course fell in to disrepair and golfers stopped going. Well we’re pleased to say golf in Desaru is back, and in a serious way. The Els Club Desaru Coast features two 18 hole golf courses, the Valley course (designed by Vijay Singh) and the Ocean Course (designed by Ernie Els). Both opened in the last few years and the club is already recognised as one of the best in Malaysia, with one of the best practise facilities in the region to match the two outstanding courses. Golfers take a ferry from Changi ferry terminal in Singapore to Desaru, where they are greeted by the Els Club Desaru Coast bus, which transports them across the peninsula to the golf club. We highly recommend getting out to Desaru and playing these two courses if you’ve not already (and again if you have).
Johore day trip packages can also be quickly and easily booked via Tee Time Saver, check out a few below.
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