SINGAPORE - The Singapore Island Country Club (SICC), the largest golf club here with four 18-hole courses, has opted to give up an 18-hole course at its Bukit location - instead of at its Island location - for public use.
This was as originally discussed with the Government. A "significant majority" of members at a dialogue on Wednesday supported the move, acting general manager Desmond Tay said in a March 8 newsletter.
The general committee will accept the Government's Feb 21 offer, he said.
Members who still prefer the Island location to be reconfigured for public use instead of Bukit can exercise their rights under the club's constitution by March 25 so that the club can submit an alternative proposal by end-March, he said.
The Government had offered SICC a choice after some members asked if the original arrangement could be swopped.
But consensus seems to be that one of two courses at the Bukit site should be opened up, instead of one at Island, which also has two 18-hole courses.
Lawyer and SICC member Thomas Lee said the decision to hold on to the Island course was reasonable. "We can do more in the Island location; we still have a lot of GFA (gross floor area)," he said.
The GFA of leasehold land at the Island site is 30,000 sq m, significantly more than Bukit's 3,551 sq m.
The Island site also has a 1.66 million sq m leasehold land bank, compared with a 1.18 million sq m leasehold land bank at Bukit.