Golf losing its swing?

Once a must-have in Singapore, golf club memberships appear to be losing their appeal among young people now, said members of the golfing community here.

The announcement on Jan 4 that Raffles Country Club (RCC) would be acquired by the Government to make way for the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high-speed rail, as well as the Cross Island Line’s western depot, has reignited discussion on golf clubs’ attractiveness.

Of the active golfers in the Centralised Handicapping System here, just close to 10 per cent are aged 35 and below, said Singapore Golf Association (SGA).

There is less “push” in some industries to use golf to network, for one thing. Ms Linda Neo, a former business manager in the medical device industry, picked up golf some 15 years ago in the hope of networking with doctors.


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