Tanah Merah Country Club (Tampines) - Top 100 Golf Courses of Singapore
 
Tanah Merah (Tampines), Singapore
 
Singapore  Singapore
Tanah Merah Country Club
Tampines Course
Xilin Avenue
Singapore 486798
ArchitectMax Wexler, Chris Pitman
Head Professional/Director of GolfNot known
Telephone+65 6542 4256
Location2 km SW of Changi Airport
Websites Golf Club Website
VisitorsUnaccompanied guests on weekdays only
Club Secretary/ ManagerNot known
 

Chris Pitman course architect writes:

By contrast to the more regal Garden course, we wished to apply some beefy features of a more traditional flavour and these were to draw some breath early on before becoming proud members’ talking points; prototypes to the area certainly.
 

We created large, rolling greens where most were built up, links-style, over their surrounds. Deep pot bunkers, some finding their way to fairway locations, mixed amicably with the occasional hogs back landing area and well as punchbowl style masking. All the ingredients evoked mystery, local knowledge and charm. 

Also we strived for more of a natural appeal by carefully developing the aesthetic ambience amongst the options of a very strategic mental approach to the golf. 

With external views being restricted to the Changi airport tower, all character had to be created internally. Where much of the total area was presented as water bodies, rock landscaping and aquatic plantations became an integral part of the scene and tall coconut palms picked up the breezes, easily creating a desert-island appeal.   
Located to the west of Singapore city centre, between Changi airport and the two courses at Laguna National, the Tanah Merah golf complex boasts two of the finest layouts in the country. 

The courses at Tanah Merah – the name means “Red Earth” – were built on reclaimed land in the early 1980s by designer Max Wexler and the Garden layout was the first in operation, followed a couple of years later by the Tampines. 

A fair amount of earth was moved to fashion the lakes and subtle undulations here with the construction budget for the Tampines said to have reached nearly twenty million dollars – that’s over a million dollars a hole! 

A very clever feature on the Tampines course is the set of three extra holes that can be brought in to allow maintenance work without closing the course – something that a lot of clubs would surely love to be able to do. 

The respected architect Chris Pitman was called in to rebuild the course in the late 1990s and his firm gave the layout a complete makeover from tee to green on every hole. 
 
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