This newly refurbished course is now firmly amongst the best in Singapore.
Set in a surprisingly beautiful tract of land in Jurong, the industrial hub of Singapore, the Jurong Country Club has grown into one of the country's most reputable clubs. A S$23 million makeover was designed to cement its place at the very pinnacle of Singapore golf, and the newly opened version of the front nine is the first fruit of those labours. This is currently the only nine available to play, with the back nine due to follow soon, so you'll have to play it twice to get a full round in. Fortunately, there are so many great holes that this seems like less of a problem than it would ordinarily be, and on such a tough course you'll be grateful you get the opportunity not to make the same mistakes the second time around.
The 4th is a memorable par-5 with a 'chicane' in the fairway. On your second, you can play around the lake, or go directly across in search of an eagle putt. It's actually not that far to get across, but unless you think you can reach the green you're probably better off playing to the right for a better angle of approach that takes the near greenside bunker out of play. At the long downhill par-3 6th, recently remodeled to feature a wider fairway, what was once three ponds is now one lake, and part of the green now juts out into the water. High-handicappers can get away with a shot onto the green and taking their chances with a putt from distance, but clever pin placement means those in search of birdies now face a nervy approach across water.
At the 7th, the reshaped lake now sits back a little from the right of the fairway, but a number of extra bunkers on the left mean that you can't relax too much. Good course management should dictate that a hybrid to the widest part of the fairway is your best bet, but long hitters can take the big dog and cut the corner. Pull that off and your approach to a green guarded by three deep bunkers becomes that much easier. The nine ends with a tough long par-4 dog-leg with a very undulating fairway. A large bunker on the corner means that you have a very narrow channel in which to place your drive to leave yourself good options on your second shot uphill to a tiered green guarded by bunkers front left and front right. You should be delighted to get on the green in two, and ecstatic with a par.
As you would expect from a course that is so recently overhauled, the Zoysia fairways and Paspalum greens at Jurong Country Club are in truly immaculate condition.The greens are very fast, with slopes aplenty, and you may well find yourself looking to your caddie for inspiration as another short putt slides by the hole. While it is a very scenic course and the wooded hills and valleys do a decent job of trying to make you forget you are in the industrial hub of Singapore, the hum of the nearby Ayer Rajah Expressway is ever present, particularly on the closing holes, although you quickly get used to it as you focus on trying to tame the course.
Away from the course itself, which is floodlit for night golf, there is a large driving range and a golf academy where you can fix that annoying snap-hook of yours. The elegant two-storey clubhouse has a number of fine dining options, spacious locker rooms, a gym and a whole host of sports and recreation options: billiards, bowling, squash, tennis and swimming. The expensive green fees may be pretty much par for the course in Singapore, but Jurong Country Club itself is amongst the very best on the Island.