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Sports and Activities In Singapore

Sports and Activities In Singapore

Golf: Some of he best courses are at the Raffles Country Club (which has two 18-hole courses); the SFRA Resort & Country Club (three nine-hole courses); the Sentosa Golf & Country Club (two 18-hole championship courses); and the Tana Merah Country Club (two 18-hole championship courses). Operating hours are generally from 0700-1900 (with some clubs offering night golfing until 2300).

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In most clubs non-members are allowed to play for a special fee ranging from S$50-S$200. Weekends, however, are often strictly reserved for members. Many clubs also require visitors to hold a handicap or proficiency certificate from a recognised club.

Watersports: One of the most popular watersports is canoeing round the island and there are a number of operators hiring out canoes at Changi point, East Coast and Sentosa Island. There are also numerous scuba diving schools offering PADI or NAUI recognised courses. Day and night diving in local waters and nearby Malaysia are also available. Sailing and windsurfing is generally popular on the eastern coast, where most facilities are located. For waterskiing, the best locations are Sembawang and Kallang River (a venue for previous world championships). Fishing is a year-round sport. Boats and equipment, inexpensive to hire, are available at the Jardine Steps, Changi Park. Singapore offers easy access to numerous offshore islands (see Resorts & Excursions section) and Singaporeans drive over to Malaysia to enjoy the watersports off the East coast (see the Malaysia section).

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Cycling: The cycle paths link many parts of the island and bikes can be rented in many public parks, notably those at East Coast Park, Sentosa, Pasir Ris and Bishan. Mountain or dirt-biking is particularly popular in Pulau Ubin.

Horseracing: The Singapore Turf Club is responsible for all horseracing meetings. Visitors must observe a strict dress code. Races take place at weekends only; the first race is at 1330, the last race at 1800. Polo matches are played regularly at the Singapore Polo Club.

Other: Many sports associations and clubs welcome visitors. Badminton is almost a national sport played all year round. Cricket is also played in Singapore, the Singapore Cricket Club being one of the oldest sporting associations in the world. It has a sports ground where cricket, soccer, tennis, hockey and rugby are played. Bowling is also very popular with over 20 centres (each offering more than 20 lanes) catering for the enthusiast. In the Marina South area, some bowling centres are open 24 hours; otherwise, they are generally open 0900-0200.

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