HSBC Women's Championship Showcases Sentosa Golf Club

By: Golfshake Editor | Fri 01 Mar 2019 | Comments


Sentosa Golf Club has become widely acclaimed as the finest championship venue in Asia, illustrated by it hosting this week's HSBC Women’s World Championship that is being played on the New Tanjong course, an event that features each of the world's top 20 players, not to mention popular English stars Georgia Hall and Charley Hull. It comes just weeks after Sentosa hosted the men's Singapore Open, which saw the likes of Sergio Garcia, Paul Casey and Davis Love III play the adjacent Serapong layout.

Ariya Jutanugarn, Korean star Sung Hyun Park and seven-time Major winner Inbee Park were among the entries. Dubbed ‘Asia’s Major’, this is a star-studded event and setting up a spectacular four-days of golf.  Defending champion Michelle Wie, who claimed her first win in almost four years at last year’s championship, returned this week, but unfortunately withdrew due to injury. There’s no doubt that the HSBC Women’s World Championship has grown into one of the biggest events on the female golf calendar, demonstrated by the strength and depth of the field.

It's a great showcase for the Only Sentosa campaign, a venue that is promoting and celebrating the unique qualities of this spectacular venue that is drawing many visitors to the bustling attractions of Singapore.

The New Tanjong

The New Tanjong redesign was completed by Andy Johnston and Matt Swanson, who combined a unique challenge with native areas, water features, hardy 'Zorro Zoysia’ grass on its fairways and new bunkering around the 5th and 16th holes.

These changes have ensured a test that is necessary for hosting international championship tournaments and since re-opening in November 2016 the New Tanjong has hosted four events, the HSBC Women’s World Championship (2017 and 2018), the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship.  The course has witnessed great champions like Michelle Wie, Inbee Park and rising amateur stars from the Asian circuit Takumi Kanaya and Atthaya Thitikul, all of whom have conquered the firm and quick greens with strategy and tenacity. 

Set against the Singapore Straits, with views of metropolitan Singapore from almost every hole, environmental protection was integral to the renovation of the par-72 layout. The course was also at the heart of the #KeepItGreen campaign, launched by Sentosa Golf Club in 2018. Through the installation of six interconnected lakes across the New Tanjong, the club has become completely self-sufficient when it comes to irrigation. Amongst other impactful measures, Johnston and his design team also embarked on a tree-saving initiative, in which over 300 different species were extricated from the Old Tanjong, kept in an on-site ‘tree nursery’ throughout the project and then replanted on the New Tanjong. The course also re-used concrete from old cart paths as the basis of all new cart paths.

The result for the world’s best players, members and guests with the New Tanjong course, is one of Asia’s best-manicured layouts and an iconic golf experience. Only Sentosa can offer two very different, must-play championship golf courses, that can be enjoyed by golfers of all abilities. 

If you're watching the tournament, you'll have a chance to see the many striking holes on the New Tanjong Course, but here are three selected by Sentosa Golf Club’s GM and Director of Agronomy, Andy Johnston, that could be key to successful scoring this week.

Hole 3

A short par-four with a majestic waterfall in the backdrop, the difficulty of this hole is the approach to an uphill, inverted green where the landing zone is imperceptible. A bunker awaits for players landing it left, and anything short will see the ball roll back down for a tricky up and down.

Hole 14

A seemingly simple par-four with a generously wide fairway, however the tree lined tee complex will force players to hit a straight shot. The challenge here is to select the correct club and yardage as a bunker just short of the green presents an optical illusion of a hole playing longer than it seems. False fronts compound the difficulty so player are better to be long than short here.

Hole 18

Players won’t go far wrong by aiming for the clock tower atop the clubhouse for their tee shot.  As with many holes on the golf course, the challenge is in the approach shot as a collection of spectacular Mackenzie-styled bunkers cover the area to the right. Expect drama upon reaching the green, just like we witnessed with Michelle Wie’s monster birdie putt to close out the win last year.

For more information on Sentosa Golf Club, visit https://www.sentosagolf.com/.


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