Singapore has no shortage of social and sporting clubs. Whether you’re looking for a super-sized swimming pool for the nippers to practice their butterfly (Britih Club, Hollandse Club and Tanglin Club won’t disappoint), need a course for your weekly golf fix (think Raffles Country Club or Singapore Island Country Club), or are looking for somewhere to take clients to quaff whisky (get the boss to sign off on the Singapore Cricket Club), our round-up of Singapore’s finest club memberships has got it covered.
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The Big Five for Expats
Singapore Polo Club
Horse riders will love the polo field and covered and outdoor arenas, but you don’t need to sizzle in the saddle to join. Established in 1886, the Singapore Polo Club has plenty of other sporting and social amenities. Conveniently located in the Thompson area, we can think of nothing better than scoffing a pizza on The Verandah while catching the action on the polo field.
Facilities: Spa, swimming pool, jacuzzi, tennis courts, polo field, outdoor riding arena, jackpot room, covered riding arena, bar and restaurants
80 Mount Pleasant Road, 298334
A prime location just behind Orchard Road and fabulous facilities (even a roof-top lawn bowls court, thank you very much) makes the Tanglin Club one of Singapore’s most popular. We’re extra-nice to our friends with memberships, so they’ll (hopefully) invite us to join them for smoothies around the pool of a Sunday afternoon while the children splash about.
Facilities: Children’s playground, swimming pool, multi-purpose hall, jackpot room, theatrette, hair salon, health spa, reading room, DVD library, main library, junior library, card room, guest rooms, gym, squash courts, bowls court, billiards room, restaurants and bars
5 Stevens Road, 257814
The British Club
High on the peak of Bukit Tinggi, members come here to enjoy first-class sports and dining amid tropical greenery. This is one of Singapore’s newest social clubs, having been founded by 600 members in 1983, and while it was built to meet the needs of the British community, Singaporeans and over 30 other nationalities make up its membership.
Tuck into a Sunday buffet lunch in The Windsor Arms, hang out at the poolside bar or show off your serve on the tennis courts. The water slide in the children’s pool is a gem that’ll keep young ‘uns entertained for hours!
Facilities: Jackpot room, library, pro shop, swimming pool, spa, gym, squash courts, tennis courts, playground, play centre and activity hub fro children aged 8 to 14, pub, bars and restaurants
73 Bukit Tinggi Road, 289761
You don’t have to be Dutch to join the Hollandse Club – over 40 nationalities comprise its membership. Established in 1908, it is especially loved for its tennis courts and swimming pool, while it scores top marks from teens for its Chillout Room, complete with pool table, table tennis and foosball table.
Facilities: Tennis courts, squash courts, swimming pool, gym, multi-purpose court, library, playrooms, chillout room for teenagers, playground, hotel, restaurants and bars
22 Camden Park, 299814
The American Club
Located just north of Orchard and Scotts, the American Club is attractive to members as a sanctuary in the heart of the city. Known for its exemplary customer service, facilities and hospitality, members have enjoyed it for its family-focused environment since 1948. The main amenities people join for are the various dining options, wide-ranging fitness facilities, and enough activities for kids and teens that they’ll make the membership worthwhile on their own!
Facilities: Library, jackpot room, squash courts, grass tennis courts, gym, swimming pool, bowling alley, restaurants and bars
10 Claymore Hill, 229573
Other sporting, leisure and social clubs in Singapore:
ONE°15 Marina Club
Nestled in Sentosa Cove, this private waterfront club is a haven for boaters and non-boaters alike.
Facilities: Clubhouse, infinity pool, children’s pool, gymnasium, lighted tennis courts, spa, kids lounge, children’s room, restaurants and bars (and a Movenpick ice cream parlour!)
#01-01, 11 Cove Drive, Sentosa Cove, 098497
Singapore Cricket Club
Many a business drink has been quaffed at this premier sports and social club in heart of the city’s colonial centre!
Connaught Drive, 179681
The Japanese Association Singapore
Established in 1915 and re-established in 1957, The Japanese Association of Singapore has over 5,000 members.
Facilities: Clinic, library, restaurants, multi-purpose room, karaoke room, jackpot room, fitness centre, PC room and cooking room
120 Adam Road, 289899
Laguna National Golf and Country Club
This may be a golf club – with one of ‘Asia’s 24 best holes’, as voted by Golf Magazine – but there’s plenty to keep non-golfers happy too.
Facilities: Golf courses, gym, games room, playground, tennis courts, swimming pool, restaurant and cafe
11 Laguna Golf Green, 488047
On the top floor of the Capital Tower slap-bang in the CBD, this executive club cinches the award for the best view!
Facilities: Private and pavilion dining rooms, bar
168 Robinson Road, 52/F Capital Tower, 068912
Raffles Country Club
A sportsman’s paradise, this member’s club has two 18-hole golf courses, the Lake Course and the Palm Course.
Facilities: Fitness centre, jackpot room, multi-purpose hall, sauna, squash courts, tennis courts, swimming pool, restaurants and bars, two 18-hole golf courses
450 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim, 639932
Singapore Island Country Club
With an 18-hole championship golf course, putting greens and driving ranges, this is golfing heaven! Other halves won’t be left waiting for the last put though, with a myriad of brilliant facilities to keep them entertained.
Facilities: Games room, gym, salon, lifestyle centre, jackpot rooms, massage and spa centre, theatrette, playroom, dance studio, music room and gaming room, bowling alley, swimming pool, tennis courts, squash courts, billiards and pool room, social activities, restaurants and bars, golf courses, driving ranges and putting greens
Two locations – 180 Island Club Road, 578774 and 240 Sime Road, 288303
Raffles Town Club
Opened in 2000, this lifestyle club has reciprocal affiliation with more than 30 international clubs in 15 countries.
Facilities: Theatre, video games room, card rooms, spa, car grooming centre, suites, gym, swimming pool, bowling alley, tennis, squash, children’s programmes, restaurants and bars
1 Plymouth Avenue, 297753
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