Singaporean golfers can expect more days under the weather especially during the last quarter of the year, all the way until February. Now being the month of November, we’re in the inter monsoon period and thunderstorms often occur in the afternoon and early evening, dashing the hopes of many to complete their round of golf. With our normally sunny island turning nasty during these couple of months, here are some alternatives to get your fix (or fix your golf) before the new year.
Already picking up momentum in South Korea and Japan, indoor golf or screen golf is regarded as popular past time in these both countries. Korea especially, has golf simulators around every corner, think Starbucks. Indoor golf is essentially playing golf in the comfort of an air-conditioned room at half the time of a normal round and the ability to play practically any course you desire (or available in the software). Booking a regular tee-time in Singapore is also time consuming and expensive if you don’t have an existing membership at a golf club, but indoor golf saves the hassles and costs only a fraction of the price.
Urban Fairways, a pioneer in the golf simulator industry and one of the top attractions in the CBD area is definitely a go-to spot after office hours. Occupying over 2,500 feet space at Capital Tower, it is a regular watering hole (and country club) for working executives. With various state of the art simulators bays and a healthy flow of draught beer, don’t be surprised to find yourself at Pebble Beach teeing it up with your buddies in a stupor. Urban Fairways is also endorsed with COBRA PUMA and Callaway equipment, and a full-time professional on duty definitely adds to its appeal.
Urban Fairways is at Capital Tower #01-07, 168 Robinson Road, Singapore 068912
HappyGolf is relatively new to the scene, having only been set up as recent as last year. The new establishment offers a family oriented environment for beginners to try this sport as well as for experienced players looking to utilize their Foresight Sports Golf Launch Monitor to crunch some data. The place is built for corporate team building, learning the basics, private birthday parties and overall an unforgettable experience.
HappyGolf is located at WestWay Mall (opp. Haw Par Villa MRT), 27 West Coast Highway #02-24 Singapore 117867
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Fixing your swing
Can’t step out to the course? Might be a sign for you to step up your game. Jokes aside, when was the last time you had a lesson with a professional or tried to find a cure for your slices off the tee? YouTube has been a popular solution for social golfers to pick up a pointer or two but it is hard to fully understand the mechanics of the swing without proper guidance. Golf has evolved through the years and the introduction of launch monitors allow professional coaches to help pick your battles against your swing without going in blindly or ironically, with just the naked eye.
GOLFTEC is a globally recognized instructional school with a patented training system that allows students to learn from a factual approach. Their in depth analysis and usage of technology showcases the extent that golf coaching has advanced to. Using state of the art visual and audio aids, GOLFTEC has a 96% success rate with an average improvement of seven strokes.
GOLFTEC is at 9 Raffles Place, #13-21 Republic Plaza II, Singapore 048619 Visit them at https://www.golftec.com.sg
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GOLFTEC uses an array of devices to optimize learning
On the other hand, if you’re looking for an established and popular local academy and with various programs crafted and developed for golfers of all levels, take a look at TGL (The Golfing Lab), whom are headquartered at NSRCC. With a fleet of knowledgeable and receptive coaches, TGL has produced several elite golfers, with a handful of them representing Singapore at the highest national level.
The Golfing Lab is at 10 Changi Coast Walk, Singapore 499739
Getting fitted for the right clubs
A lot of golfers are only starting to understand the importance of getting a suitable fit for their clubs. The last two to three years has seen more club fitters and club makers alike sprout out all over our sunny island. The inclusion of launch monitors extensively help these fitters find the right shaft or club weight for the golfer, as compared to the earlier days where the technology of interchangeable shafts were not introduced yet, often buying various equipment off the shelf only to realize its futility. Golf fitting has transcended from blindly following a manual or log book to precisely adjusting the smallest of details to perfectly cater to the golfer. A right shaft or a tweak of the lie angle can significantly increase distances and get the optimal trajectory in a heartbeat.
MST Golf recently opened their Golf Tech Shop at Marina Bay Golf Course, with acclaimed club-fitter Jef Goh spearheading the project. The custom-fitting establishment has an array of brands, including Titleist, TaylorMade, PING, as well as the highly lauded PXG clubs. Aside from major golf manufacturers, the collective amount of various shafts, grips, and other accessories are stocked up to the brim in this golf fanatic’s playground.
MST Golf Tech Shop is at 80 Rhu Cross, Singapore 437437
Candy Crush and Clash of Clans no more, get your fix on the go with these games available on most smartphones.
World Golf Tour, or WGT in short, is a hyper-realistic online multiplayer golf game. Using a patented 3D photorealistic georeferencing technology, the game allows the player to fully immerse in the environment, playing at popular golf courses from North America and Europe, such as Pebble Beach, St Andrews, Pinehurst, and Olympic Club to name a few notable locations. The free-to-play game has golfers climb the rankings ladder, joining tournaments as the difficulty gets harder as your progress. Aside from agreements with golf equipment manufacturers such as TaylorMade, PING, and Callaway, the company also has license agreements with real golf courses and tournament owners.
World Golf Tour is available on both iOS and Android.
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World Golf Tour uses a graphics rendering program that produces realistic images.
If you are looking for another golf game with less intensity and more arcade-styled action, Golf Star should keep you entertained. Similar to World Golf Tour, golfers in Golf Star will find themselves pitting against another player through either friendly matches or tournaments. There are both fictional and real-world courses available on this game, but the game maintains a realistic golfing experience such as weather conditions and ball lies.
Golf Star is available on iOS and Android.
The wonderful gateway sport to golf, I daresay mini-putts are still popular even among full fledged golfers just because of its unpredictability. Honestly, who can forget about that one epic adventure episode of Mr. Bean where he played through the city and carded 3427 strokes on the second hole.
Perfect for children to get their first exposure to golf, Amazonia’s mini golf centre offers a unique experience by playing in the dark. Equipped with glow in the dark artwork as well as motion props, even the adults will have a blast playing at this cosy 9-hole course.
Amazonia is at Great World City, #03-08, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore , 237994.