SINGAPORE — As a 13-year-old, Mardan Mamat quit primary school to join his elder brother as a caddie at Jurong Country Club (JCC), before later honing his skills as a professional golfer at Raffles Country Club (RCC).
It is unsurprising, then, that Singapore’s No 1 golfer lamented the closure of both facilities, after news broke that the RCC would be closed down by July next year. This follows the closure of the JCC last December, with both sites making way for facilities for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR).
“Jurong is my childhood club, where I learnt my golf, and Raffles is where I developed my golf up until now, from amateur to (being a) pro,” said Mardan yesterday at a media conference ahead of this week’s SMBC Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club. “So the two golf clubs have helped me a lot and it’s quite sad.”