The history of golf at this location dates back to the 1930s when staff working at the Royal Air Force base constructed a 9-hole course next to the airfield. Following the closure of the RAF station in 1971, the course was operated by the National Sports Promotion Board until it was relocated a short distance to its present site on a larger tract of land.
Situated on a small hill overlooking the Lower Seletar Reservoir and the Johor Straits, the modern day clubhouse of the Seletar Country Club sits imposingly above fairways that spread out below across a lush, verdant property.
First set out by Chris Pitman in 1994, the course was revisited by David Dale and Kevin Ramsey of Golfplan in 2019, two years ahead of the lease renewal for Seletar’s government-owned property. The architects had two main issues to deal with: the widening of a public pathway along the edge of the Lower Seletar Reservoir (which would affect more than half the holes) and the expansion of the club’s lake system to make it self-sufficient with its water requirements.
The course has been totally renovated, with the area of maintained turf reduced from 136 acres to 89 acres. Bunkers, although more visually prominent now, were reduced in overall size by 40%, holes were sand capped to improve fairway drainage, and water capacity in the lakes was more than doubled. The front nine now loops around the perimete and the back nine are routed around the middle.
Greens are now grassed in Platinum Paspalum with Zeon Zoysia – used for the Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Course, utilized on the fairways.