The Big Read: Once coveted, country clubs fade from Singapore’s list of 5Cs

SINGAPORE — Back in the ’80s and ’90s, a membership at a country club — especially those that feature sprawling golf courses — was much coveted.

After all, it was one of the 5Cs that had made up the Singapore Dream. Apart from having a car, cash, condominium and credit card, the notion of a country club membership as a status symbol took root in Singapore society, and the Government and labour movement stepped in to make country clubs more accessible to the common man, narrowing the divide between the haves and the have-nots.

Boasting an array of amenities including golf courses, swimming pools and tennis courts, the country club had it all during its heyday.

Over time, however, its exclusivity and appeal as a status symbol crumbled. Ironically, it was the rise of another one of the 5Cs — condominiums — that hastened the demise, and greatly diminished the country’s club appeal to the population at large.


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