Lease extension: Golf clubs to know their fate next year

Lease extension: Golf clubs to know their fate next year
Raffles Country Club Lake Course's signature hole, the par-3 second.

SINGAPORE - Golf clubs across Singapore, facing an uncertain future, have been told they will learn of lease extension plans early next year.

The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has urged the golf clubs to hold off on major development and recruitment plans for now.

In January, the Government flagged plans to redevelop some golf courses to better optimise land with such low-intensity usage.

Last month, Raffles Country Club members voted down a plan by the club to proceed with a $26 million revamp on one of its two courses. Members had not been told that the authorities would be initiating lease renewal talks with the club soon.

An SLA letter, dated Aug 16, went out three days after The Straits Times ran a story reporting that the members had been kept in the dark.

The SLA told The Straits Times that talks on the issue with some clubs had already started last month.

A spokesman said: "The SLA has started engaging the affected golf clubs on lease extension plans, which will continue over the next few months.

"An announcement is expected to be made early next year."

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