SICC, as it is known, is located in the central area of Singapore and its four courses are situated in the catchment areas of the Macritchie and Pierce reservoirs.
This club is over 100 years old and its courses are very different from those of the more recently established clubs because they were built, or rather laid out as it was then, before the days of huge construction budgets and heavy earthmoving equipment. In those days the golf architect’s job was to design good golf holes into the existing terrain. As a result SICC’s courses look more natural and the shapes of the holes are more varied than on modern courses. In some ways these natural course are less difficult; water comes into play only when the course has to pass existing streams or reservoirs. On the other hand many shots must be played from sloping ground which can be a real test for those not used to it.
The club has two locations, Bukit, off Adam Road, which serves the Bukit and Sime courses and Island, off the Upper Thomson Road, which serves the Island and New courses. Traditionally, Bukit was the championship course, but in recent years open professional and amateur championships have been played on all the four courses.
The New course, renovated under the supervision of Thompson Wolveridge and Perrett, was officially opened by Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong in September 2002. The course retains much of its original character because the integrity of the terrain as Singapore’s main catchment area has to be maintained. Drainage is now first class and play can resume immediately after a heavy shower.
The Millennium nine hole par 3 course is proving popular with juniors and beginners and is also used by experienced golfers for playing practice.
Each location has a fully equipped clubhouse and practise facilities. Between them full country club facilities are available including tennis, squash, gym, snooker, ten pin bowling and swimming pools. The club has many F&B outlets, but of particular note are the Silk Chinese restaurant at Island, which is regarded as one of the better Chinese restaurants in Singapore, and the Oka Japanese restaurant at Bukit, which has a nice view of the course, with the floodlit practice area at night.
Due mainly to its very long established status, SICC has a full programme of competitions, both handicap and championships, inter port matches and reciprocal arrangements.