Singapore Open

In its formative years, the Singapore Open earned a place in the history books as the tournament that helped build the foundations for the development of competitive golf in Asia. The Lion City’s national Open was part of the continent’s first professional golf tour, the Far East Circuit, joining a small number of championships that were hosted in other countries such as Hong Kong, the Philippines and Malaysia.

The event was included for a few years on the Australasian Tour in the early 1990s then it was co-sanctioned with the European Tour between 2009 and 2012 before becoming a fixture on the Japan Golf Tour in 2016. The following year, it was granted Open Qualifying status, giving up to four non-exempt players entry into the Open championship in Great Britain.

The first edition of the Singapore Open was held at the Island Club course in 1961, the same year that the Singapore Golf Association was formed. Australian Frank Phillips won the inaugural event, leading by 11 strokes after three rounds then sealing the deal after 72 holes with an 8-shot winning margin. That was back when four-round tournaments were played over three days so playing 36 holes on the last day was always a test of endurance.

In an interview before the 50th edition of the championship at Sentosa Golf Club in 2016, Frank Phillips looked back on his victory in a field that included recent Open champions Kel Nagle and Peter Thomson, divulging the fact that he didn’t take the trophy back home with him as it was too expensive to transport on the plane – and he left without it again in 1963 when he captured the title for a second time.

There were other Antipodean winners in the early yea...

Singapore Open host courses

Laguna National (Masters)

6th Singapore Ranking

Despite some efforts to build in some Scottish mounding, the Masters Course at Laguna National Golf & Country Club is a thoroughly modern, American style course.

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Orchid (Dendro & Vanda)

10th Singapore Ranking

The fairways of the Orchid Country Club are laid out beside the Sungei Seletar Reservoir, arranged in three returning loops that are named after orchids.

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Sentosa (Serapong)

1st Singapore Ranking 15th Asia Ranking

Sentosa's Serapong course fulfills Donald Ross' pithy edict: "Make each hole present a different problem. So arrange it that every stroke must be made with full concentration and attention necessary to good golf."

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Singapore Island (Island)

8th Singapore Ranking

The Island course is the shortest 18-hole course at the Singapore Island Country Club measuring a little less than 6,000 metres from the back tees.

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Singapore Island (New)

Gem Singapore - Best in Area

In early 2019 Singapore Island Country Club's New course closed for another redevelopment, this time under the stewardship of Graham Marsh. The refashioned layout is expected to reopen in 2021.

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Tanah Merah (Garden)

4th Singapore Ranking

Despite being adjacent to the very busy Changi Airport, the Garden Course at Tanah Merah Country Club has the air of a large tropical garden with its palms, bougainvilleas and tropical hardwoods.

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Singapore Open Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Played 7
2 Kuan Kuo Courses Played 5
3 Jassen Trenkow Courses Played 4
= Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 4
5 Ian Greenwood Courses Played 2
= Brendan James Courses Played 2
= Daniel Lin Courses Played 2
= chris Courses Played 2
= Bob McCoy Courses Played 2
10 Adam Uttley Courses Played 1