The Mandai golf course, located at Upper Seletar Reservoir, was opened in 1993.

Taking into consideration the impending closure of the 18-hole public course at Marina Bay Golf Course, Mr Chua said that the government had earlier worked with Keppel Club to set aside slots at the Sime Golf Course for public use at an “affordable price range”, comparable to other public courses.

Currently, the majority of slots at the Keppel Sime Course – on both weekdays as well as weekends – are set aside for members of the public, he added.

“The government will also look into the feasibility of public golfing facilities for the longer-term, bearing in mind other needs of Singaporeans at the same time,” Mr Chua said.

In a supplementary question, Mr Louis Chua asked if “a view to public accessibility” would be a feature in lease extension agreements with private golf clubs.

Mr Eric Chua replied that the ministry does take this into account both in the short and long-term.

He noted that it is working with Keppel Club to see if more slots could be made available and exploring the possibility of introducing night golfing at the Keppel Sime Course.

“In the longer term, we will explore all other various options to make sure that public accessibility is one of our key considerations in doing this,” he added.

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