Golf course land to be redeveloped

The government will not renew the land lease of Keppel Club and will acquire parts of the fairways at the National Service Resort and Country Club and Tanah Merah Country Club by end-2014, according to media reports.

The move will free up about 200ha of land for other uses.

The land occupied by Keppel Club has been earmarked for housing developments – as first announced in the 2001 Concept Plan by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) – while the other two will be affected by Changi Airport’s expansion.

In addition, one of the golf courses of Singapore Island Country Club (SICC) will be made public once its lease ends in 2021 to replace the 18-hole course at Marina Bay Golf Course.

With its lease expiring in 2024, the Marina Bay course will eventually be redeveloped for commercial and residential purposes.

SICC had the option of giving up the Island location near Upper and Lower Pierce Reservoir, or the Bukit location next to MacRitchie Reservoir.

Meanwhile, all clubs, except Keppel Club, with less than 10 years left on their leases have been given an extension till between 2030 and 2040.

Source : PropertyGuru – 17 Feb 2014

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