Renewal guided by development plans

In his letter, Mr Kevin Kwek asked about the considerations behind the Government's recent decisions on golf course leases with reference to Keppel Club and Marina Bay Golf Course ("Uneven sacrifice"; last Thursday).

Decisions regarding the renewal of leases for golf courses are guided primarily by future development plans.

Where possible, leases will generally be renewed for the duration that the sites are not needed for redevelopment.

The leases for Keppel Club and Marina Bay Golf Course cannot be renewed as the land is needed for redevelopment.

In the case of Keppel Club, this will be for housing, while the site occupied by Marina Bay Golf Course is intended for mixed commercial and residential developments.

To ensure that an 18-hole public golf course will continue to be available when the lease for Marina Bay Golf Course ends in 2024, which is 10 years from now, a new public course will be provided for.

As no new land will be allocated for golfing, land for the new public course will be drawn from one of Singapore Island Country Club's existing 18-hole golf courses when its lease expires in 2021.

Kevin Wong

Director

Land Policy Division

Ministry of Law

Thong Wai Lin (Ms)

Director

Land Sales & Acquisition Division

Singapore Land Authority

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