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Events

Dear Golfing Members,

Please be informed that it will be business as usual at the Driving Range on 1 May 2017 (Monday) as there will be no scheduled maintenance on that day due to Labour Day holiday.

Therefore, the Driving Range will be operating as per normal from 7am to 11pm on the aforementioned date.


The Management
Orchid Country Club
20 Apr 2017

Dear Golfing Members,

Please be informed that 11 May 2017 (Thursday) afternoon is reserved for a private golf event. Therefore, 18-hole night golfing will not be available and social games are limited to 9-hole only.

In view of the above, Member’s Golf Day will be brought forward to 9 May 2017 (Tuesday) with one course dedicated for 9-hole golfing for buggy, followed by the walking session. The remaining two courses will be reserved for night golfing.

Member’s Golf Day will resume on Thursdays as per normal for following sessions.

For more information, please contact the Golfing Department at 6750 2102/ 111 or email golfregistration@orchidclub.com

 

The Management
Orchid Country Club
20 Apr 2017

Dear Members and Guests,


Please be informed that Gayatri Restaurant’s lease has expired and will no longer be operating with effect from 3 April 2017 (Monday).  

Kindly look forward to our new tenant, Royal Palm @ OCC, which will be taking over and commencing operations in mid-May.

Royal Palm @ OCC would be a halal-certified restaurant under the Singapore Hospitality Group which owns a chain of quality restaurants such as The Landmark, Royal Palm @ Clarke Quay and Grand Empire. Known for their unique dining experience, Royal Palm @ OCC will provide an international cuisine with Western, Asian, Indian and Mediterranean influences together with an elegant ambience for you and your loved ones’ enjoyment.

Look out for more updates as we keep you informed closer to the date of commencement.

We look forward to your continuous patronage. Thank you.

 

The Management
Orchid Country Club
3 Apr 2017

Dear Golfing Members,


Pleased to share that OCC’s Junior Golfer Daryl Low Meng Tiang, 12, was interviewed by The Straits Times for his outstanding performance in golfing and his aspiration to represent the nation to win an Olympic medal in his favourite sport.

His father, OCC Member Mr Hans Low, said that he discovered his son’s talent when Daryl mimicked his strokes at the tender age of six. Daryl’s love for the sport grew ever since and is now one of Singapore’s promising young golfers.

More details are featured in The Straits Times published on 20 March 2017 (Monday) as appended below, for your reading pleasure.

 

Daryl ST article

The Management
Orchid Country Club
23 Mar 2017

Dear Members,

As part of our pest control efforts, please be informed that we will conduct fogging at the Club premises on 8 and 11 May 2017 (Monday and Thursday) from 10pm to 12 midnight.

Our team will do their best to minimise disturbance during this period.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your kind understanding. 

The Management
Orchid Country Club
27 Apr 2017

Dear Members,


To enhance the Members’ Parking Exclusivity, the Club will be implementing the Vehicle IU Identification & Detection Car Parking Barrier System at the current ingress and egress Members’ parking facility at the Basement Carpark on 15 May 2017 (Monday).
 

If you have not submitted the IU number(s) of your vehicle(s) registered with OCC, please do so immediately. If you require any assistance, you may contact the Membership Department at 6750 2180/2123 or email membership@orchidclub.com.
 

Upon implementation, the system will only allow members’ car(s) with registered IU number(s) to access the Basement Carpark.
 

We would like to thank you for your kind understanding and co-operation as we carry out this project.


The Management
Orchid Country Club
27 Apr 2017

Dear Members and Guests,


As part of our efforts to keep our facilities up-to-date, please be informed that the toilets at the Driving Range and Orchid Lodge Lobby (Level 2) are undergoing renovation works and will be closed during the periods stated below:


Location of Renovation   Renovation Period   Nearest alternative location(s)
Driving Range   Till 30 May (Tuesday) 2017   Portable toilets placed behind Bay 59
Orchid Lodge Lobby (Level 2)   Till 4 June (Sunday) 2017   Toilets near Aranda Lounge

We apologise for the inconvenience caused and thank you for your kind understanding.

 

At your service,

 

The Management
Orchid Country Club

20 Apr 2017

Dear Golfing Members,

Thank you for your suggestions and feedback on the recently introduced operational policy for 2-Ball play.

We are pleased to inform members that the General Committee and Greens Committee had since convened to review the safety risk of 2-Ball play, as golfers’ safety on the course has always been the Club’s top priority.

As such the following shall be implemented with immediate effect:

1.    Reinstatement Of 2-Ball Booking On “FIRST” and “LAST” Time-Slots Of WEEKDAY TIMESHEET

Reinstatement Of:-

 

      AM Session     PM Session   reinstated chop
“FIRST” Time-slots      7.07AM     12.01PM  
               
“LAST” Time-slots      8.59AM     1.53PM  



Booking Timesheet
Timesheet booking for weekdays can be made ten (10) days in advance for Gold and Silver Memberships; subject to availability and pairing by the Club to form a minimum of 3 or 4-Ball flight.


Club Pairing Service

Members with fewer than three (3) Balls in their group may also register interest to play during timesheet, subject to pairing up with other golfers by the Golf Reception. Once pairing is available, golfers will be informed of their tee time.

The Club reserves the right to pair other loose Balls to form a minimum of 3 Balls to fill the vacant slots in these flights. In the event that there is no other golfer(s) to be paired in a flight, the 2 Balls may be assigned a tee-time at the discretion of the Head of Golf or in his absence, Senior Golf Executive after assessing the timesheet and course conditions.


Notice To Inform Members
Members shall be notified of the results of pairing by the Club within 2 days or 48 hours prior to the actual date of play.


2.    Changes To Monday and Tuesday Evening Timesheet (9-Hole Play)

 

Timesheet has been suspended and replaced BY “GENERAL PLAY”

Timesheet    suspended chop     
Walking Course     :    4.27pm to 5.58pm  
Buggy Course        :    4.27pm to 5.16pm  



new chop   GENERAL PLAY :   After Timesheet or from 4.27pm  


Members may walk-in to register for play with the Golf Reception on the day of play based on a “First-Come, First-Served” basis.


Allocation Of Tee-Time
Based on the “Walk-In” registration sequence, the Tee-Time shall be determined by the Starter.

Members who tee off late may play as many holes until the Course Lightings are turned off.


Club Pairing Service
Starters are authorised to pair the Walk-in golfers to form either a minimum of 3 or 4-Ball flight.  

If pairing is not possible, the 2-Ball play may be allowed to tee off only after everyone else has teed off.

In the event that the course is not crowded, the Head of Golf or in his absence, the Senior Golf Executive has the authority to permit 2-Ball play and empower the Starter to execute accordingly.


Private Tournament Event Day

Should a Private Tournament Event be held on a Monday and/or Tuesday, one (1) 9-Hole course shall be opened to allow for 9-Hole Evening Play on Buggy and Walking.  

The first three (3) time slots shall be reserved for play on Buggy and the remaining by Walking.


Course Lightings
For courses assigned for Walking, the Course Lightings for the last 3 holes will be turned on from 7.30pm till 8.00pm. Management has the discretion to adjust the timing of the Course Lightings according to the seasonal day light change.

No Course Lightings will be turned on for play on Buggy.

 

3.    Sunday Evening Timesheet (9-Hole Play)       no change chop

Timesheet

Walking Course     : 4.27pm to 5.58pm (assignment of Two (2) 9-Hole Courses)
Buggy Course        : 4.27pm to 5.16pm (assignment of One (1) 9-Hole Course)


Booking Timesheet
Timesheet booking for Sundays can be made ten (10) days in advance for Gold and Silver Memberships; subject to availability and pairing by the Club to form a minimum of 3 or 4-Ball flight.


Club Pairing Service
Please refer to Item 1 above.  


Notice To Inform Members
Please refer to Item 1 above.


Walk-Ins
2-Ball “Walk-ins” are allowed to tee off during timesheet, subject to availability of tee slots, condition of the course, and at the discretion of the Head of Golf or in his absence, the Senior Golf Executive.


Course Lightings
Please refer to item 2 above.


Safety Precautions & Golf Etiquette


To further mitigate the safety risk so that golfers can better enjoy their game, the Club had put in place:

1.    Ongoing review of signages will be conducted to remind golfers to drive their buggy with care near water vicinity and bridges;
2.    Notice will be handed out to remind golfers not to use their handphone while driving as such acts may lead to accidents on the Golf courses;             
                                                                  
3.    Continue to enforce refresher training on First Aid, CPR and AED for the Golf personnel; and

4.    Reminders on the importance of exercising good Golf Etiquette via our Club Newsletter “SMILE”, Notice Boards and electronic mailers to members.

The Club strongly urge all golfers to practice good Golf Etiquette and be reminded that any repeated acts of violation of the Club's Golfing Bye-Laws shall be brought to the attention of the Club’s Disciplinary Committee.


Moving forward, members will have more flexibility to plan their golf game with family members and friends as our Golf personnel endeavor their best efforts to assist members on their bookings and pairing needs. Should you have any question or require further information/clarification, do feel free to contact Mr Dennis Ee, our newly appointed Head of Golf at 6750 2128 and he will be delighted to assist you.

With the revised 2-Ball policy, we hope that members will continue to enjoy the game of golf at OCC and we look forward to seeing you at the Club soon!


The Management
Orchid Country Club

17 Mar 2017

Dear Golfing Members,


We would like to inform members that in line with the USGA Handicap System, the Club as a licensed user of this system will no longer be keeping an internal handicap system for Club members. 


The Singapore Golf Association (SGA) Central Handicap System (CHS) will be the sole platform to maintain and manage members' handicap as per the National Practice.


Members are assured that the Handicap Committee of the Club will convene monthly to monitor and review members’ handicap and related issues to maintain fair play in all Club competitions.  Members who card exceptional scores during Club competition/s will be subject to handicap adjustments as below:


For Handicap Index from 0 to 5.9   Maximum Reduction of 1 stroke per competition
For Handicap Index from 6.0 to 10.9   Maximum Reduction of 2 strokes per competition
For Handicap Index from 11.0 to 15.9   Maximum Reduction of 5 strokes per competition
For Handicap Index of 16.0 and above   Maximum Reduction of 5 strokes per competition


The Club’s Handicap Committee will do its best to ensure that the Handicap Index of all Club Members who have declared OCC as their Home Club will reflect their playing potential.
 

 

The Management
Orchid Country Club

16 Mar 2017

Dear Members and Guests,

To streamline the operations of our facilities, the Club had conducted a survey on the utilisation of the Gym and will therefore be adjusting the operating hours of the Gym. Please kindly be informed that the operating hours of the Gym will be revised with effect from 1 April 2017 (Saturday) as follows:

Existing Timing   NEW Timing
Sun to Thu (7am to 10:30pm)   Daily (includes Public Holidays) 7am to 10:30pm
Fri & Sat (7am to 1am)  


For enquiries, please call Gym at 6750 2199 or email sports@orchidclub.com. We look forward to your continued support and patronage.


The Management
Orchid Country Club

16 Mar 2017

Dear Golfing Members,

For a fun golfing experience, keeping a good pace during golfing will help you enjoy the game better! Thus, here is a list of quick tips to help speed up your play!

•    Plan your shot while walking to your ball or while others are playing.
•    Line up your putt when others are putting and be ready to play when it is your turn.
•    Walk briskly between shots.
•    Walk directly to your golf ball; don’t follow others unless assisting in a search.
•    If driving/riding a buggy, take several clubs with you to your ball so you won’t have to walk back to the buggy.
•    Don’t step off yardage for every single golf shot. Develop an eye for distance.
•    Be efficient with pre-shot routine.
•    Minimise the number of practice swings.
•    Play a provisional ball if you think the original might be lost outside a water hazard or out of bounds.
•    Leave your clubs on the side of the putting green towards the next tee.
•    Exit putting green promptly after holing out.
•    Unless experienced, play the standard tees, not the championship tees.
 


The Management
Orchid Country Club

2 Mar 2017

Dear Members and Guests,

The Club has recently noticed cases of vehicles taking a shortcut near the roundabout of Golf Clubhouse when drivers exit from the Members/Guest Carpark.

For the safety of yourself and other road users, we would like to emphasise the importance to adhere to the road directional signs prominently displayed on the road. Below pictures show the proper exit routes to abide by.

 

Safety
We look forward to seeing you and we urge you to observe the traffic rules put in place while at the Club’s premises. Thank you for your co-operation.

At your service,


The Management
Orchid Country Club

26 Jan 2017

Dear Members and Guests,

As part of our initiative to standardise operations and prevent loss of towels, please be informed that with effect from 10 January 2017 (Tuesday), all users are required to produce their respective Membership or Hotel Guest Card in exchange for the towels at the Gym and Sports Counter.

Each person is entitled to one towel. For OCC Members, an additional towel will be provided upon request, subject to availability. You may collect your card when you return your used towels upon signing out.

For enquiries, please call Sports Counter at 6750 2122, Gym at 6750 2199 or email sports@orchidclub.com. Thank you for your kind understanding & cooperation.

The Management
Orchid Country Club

Dear Members and Guests,

As part of our continuous effort to upgrade our services to improve your experience, OCC is going through an IT system change with effect from 1 January 2017 (Sunday).

While we will do our best to ensure a smooth transition to the new system, we seek your patience and understanding should there be a longer waiting time for our services during this period.

Thank you.

The Management
Orchid Country Club

Dear Members,

On 20 February 2017 (Monday), 81 young and eager faces gathered for the Singapore Golf Association’s (SGA) First Junior Golf Challenge at Raffles Country Club. Although this lively event was met with a downpour, the juniors did not let go of their spirit as they gathered at the clubhouse for deep and meaningful conversation about golf.

One of OCC’s members, Mr Hans Low, felt that this new series of Junior Golf Challenges provides more avenues for his son to play golf at competitive level.

This was featured in The Business Times Weekend published on 25 February 2017 (Saturday) as appended below, for your reading pleasure.

 

Spirits high despite rain article for website

The Management
Orchid Country Club
2 Mar 2017

Dear Members,


On 20 February 2017 (Monday), OCC was very honoured to be the chosen venue by SLGA for the Golf Event and Appreciation Dinner that was held at the Jade Foyer. This nostalgic celebration was organised in the honour of Mrs Jeanette Sim, Founding President of the Singapore Ladies Golf Association (SLGA), which highlighted her great contribution to Women’s Golf and Junior Golf Programmes.

This was featured in The New Paper published on 21 February 2017 (Tuesday) as appended below, for your reading pleasure.

 

Tribute to Jeanette Sim for website

The Management
Orchid Country Club
23 Feb 2017

On 4 August 2016, SGA launched the Centralised Handicapping System (CHS). All members must register at the SGA CHS website at chs.sga.org.sg before they can use CHS. If you have not registered, you will not be eligible to compete in any Club competitions. There are two terminals (Golf Registration Counter & Outside the Changing Rooms) at the Club where you can access to CHS.

 

CHSMachine

 

If you need assistance on registration, please contact OCC Golf Registration at 6750 2111 or golfregistration@orchidclub.com. Our golfing staff will guide you on how to register for CHS.

During registration, golfers are required to fill in the data requested and indicate that they give consent to their data being collected, used and/or disclosed. This may include their name, gender, golf club(s) of which they are a member, membership number, Handicap Index, scoring records, dates and places of play.

Golfers who have registered will be able to perform all their handicapping activities via multiple channels, including web, their iOS or Android devices and their club’s terminals. With such user friendly options to choose from, posting scores and checking handicaps will be a breeze.

For more information about CHS, please refer to CHS FAQ at SGA website www.sga.org.sg

The Management
Orchid Country Club

Being part of the Labour Movement community, our Greens Committee had initiated OCC to enhance social inclusiveness by allowing the Golf Corporate Union and MGK members to participate in all Club-organised golf events. This initiative was implemented in late 2015.

Therefore, beginning 2016, the Club organised the OCC U Medals (Monthly Series) for these two groups of members. The response for the sign up was well-received but has since gradually slowed down.

As such, to facilitate the logistics planning and players’ pairing by the Golfing Department for the aforementioned event, the Greens Committee will merge both the OCC Monthly Medals and OCC U Medals (Monthly Series) as one event, effective 1 January 2017. The event title will remain as “OCC Monthly Medals”.

For more information, please contact the Golfing Department at 6750 2102/111 or email golfregistration@orchidclub.com

We thank you for your continuous support in our events and look forward to tee-ing off with you soon.

The Management
Orchid Country Club

In our continuing effort to serve you better, our Golf Department has reviewed the current processes and streamlined the “Advance Booking Procedure” for WEEKENDS & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS to ensure an Open and Transparent system for your booking convenience.

 

When: Every Friday, queue numbers will be issued to members from 3pm onwards for booking of time-sheet for the following weekends and/or public holidays.
Where: Aranda Lounge, 2nd Level – Social Clubhouse. Notification will be shared when there is a change in venue.
How: Booking will commence from 5pm at the Aranda Lounge. For those who miss the queue, booking can be made at the Golf Registration Office from 5.30pm till 7pm. This service will then resume the next day (Saturday) from 6.30am onwards for members to book in person. Phone booking will be available from 9.00am onwards.


All bookings are based on a First-Come-First-Serve basis. All members are required to sign (according to their “official membership signature”) on the time sheet for the tee-off time they have secured to confirm their booking.

Sample:

sample card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please be informed that booking will be voided for members who FAIL to comply with this new ruling. Meanwhile, we thank you for your kind understanding and  co-operation on the above matter.


The Management
Orchid Country Club


Recently, there is an increase in the number of dangerous play in the golf course where the golfer took a stroke without ensuring that the flight ahead is out of sight and/or out of range.

Please refer to the OCC Golf Bye-Laws, Golf General Rules (page 12) para 2.3 on Dangerous Play and avoid the following four circumstances to ensure a pleasant golfing experience:

1. Taking a stroke when the players in front are clearly NOT out of range;

2. Taking a stroke without due care and attention to other persons on the course;

3. Failure to shout 'fore' or give warning to other players upon hitting a wayward shot that islikely to cause injury to the persons on the course; and

4. Should the flight ahead be playing at a slower pace, please exercise restraint and patience.

The Club Management takes a serious view on Dangerous Play. Any member who breaches any of the guidelines as set out in the Golf Bye-Laws (Clause 22) will be referred to the Disciplinary Committee for further action that may lead to suspension of the member’s golfing privileges.
 
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

 

The Management
Orchid Country Club

As you know, the Club had invested and installed Strike Guard, an early lightning warning system to enhance the safety of our members, guests, staff and course maintenance crew from the impending dangers of being outdoors during lightning storms. This is a part of the Club’s safety audit and risk mitigation carried out for its golfing, social and recreational facilities. The new monitoring system is certainly an enhancement over the manual handheld system.
 
Strike Guard employs state-of-the-art technology to address the most demanding lightning safety and equipment protection applications.  The system monitors cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning and provides contact-closure signaling at user-set lightning activity thresholds.  Its patented optical signal processing and proprietary optical-coincidence technology prevent false alarms. 
 
The advantage of Strike Guard is that it automatically monitors and tracks lightning activities from 32km. Once lightning activity is detected at a pre-set distance, it will trigger a course closure warning early enough to allow golfers to be cleared from our golf course including those who are walking, instead of using buggies. 
 
After conducting various trials during the initial period, the Club has settled on at least 5km as the closest distance that detection of imminent lightning activity will trigger a course closure automatically.
 
Thereafter, the system continues to track lightning activity while Golfing staff supplement and closely monitor the system and reopen the course only when it is safe to do so; and after an inspection of the course has been made to ensure that it is in playable condition.
 
The system is operational between 6 am and 10.59 pm daily.
 
Meanwhile we wish to thank all members for your patience while the trials were being conducted in the past weeks. We seek your kind understanding as the safety of all members and guests at the Club is of prime concern.
 
The Management
Orchid Country Club

With effect from 1 March 2015, a penalty fee of $500 +7% GST per flight will be imposed for late cancellations/no shows on the golfers who book the flight:
 

Weekdays
The penalty fee will be charged to golfers who cancel the game with less than 24 hours of notice from the allotted tee-off time or there is a no show on the date of play.


Weekends/Public Holidays
The penalty fee will be charged to golfers who cancel the game with less than 48 hours of notice from the allotted tee-off time or there is a no show on the date of play.


Night Golfing
Night golfing is restricted to once a week and is available only on Thursdays. Golfers who wish to golf on other nights (e.g. Wednesday, Friday or Saturday) may arrange 1 week in advance with the Golf Department, subject to availability and a minimum of eight (8) flights is required.


Similarly the penalty fee will be charged to golfers who cancel the booking with less than 48 hours of notice from the allotted tee-off time or there is a no show on the date of play for night golfing.


Greens Committee
18 February 2015

Dear Members,

Kindly be informed with effect from 1st May 2015, access of individual OCC members to The Grassroots' Club facilities will be capped at 14 times per year and vice versa. This is due to a change in the access arrangement between Orchid Country Club and The Grassroots' Club.

For more details of The Grassroots' Club, visit: www.grassrootsclub.org.sg

Thank you.


The Management
Orchid Country Club

 

As part of the Club’s efforts to enhance your membership value and in response to members’ feedback, we have recently added more local reciprocal and access clubs. We are pleased that there is overwhelming response from usage of these new affiliations.

Nevertheless, to ensure that all golfing members enjoy the playing privileges at our local affiliated clubs, kindly note the following:

• Golfing Gold and Silver members are allowed to book only one slot per month at local reciprocal and access clubs.

• Should there be available slots 48 hours before; the booking will then be open to members who have already booked in the month.

For booking of slots and enquiry of availability, please call 6750 2111 or email golfregistration@orchidclub.com.