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Announcements & Events

Dear Golfing Members,

Please be informed that due to the delayed updating of the 2017 Singapore Golf Association (SGA) calendar for the Inter-Club League (ICL), the Club President’s Cup initially scheduled on 4 June 2017 (Sunday) had inevitably coincided with the SGA-ICL where our League Players and Committee Members will be away for the ICL game at the Sentosa Golf Club.


To ensure a stoic support and participation for The 2017 Club President’s Cup, our Golf department has been in touch with other Golf Clubs in effort to swop the venue and / or date for the 4 June 2017 ICL away game, however, to no avail. 


With the concurrence of the Club President the next available date was sought to ensure the active participation of OCC Members and Committee Members. The Club President’s Cup has therefore, been re-scheduled to the 27 August 2017 (Sunday). Registration for the event will be open from 26 July 2017 (Wednesday).


We note that some golfers had already set aside the initial date to take part in this exciting event and the management would like to extend our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience caused to you. We hope you will continue to extend your utmost support with your participation in the 2017 President’s Cup event.


For more information, please contact our friendly Golfing Personnel at 6750 2102/ 111 or email golfregistration@orchidclub.com


At your humble service.


The Management
Orchid Country Club
8 May 2017

Dear Members and Guests,


To constantly upgrade our facilities and provide more sporting and recreational opportunities for your enjoyment, please be informed that Tennis Courts 2 and 3 will be converted to Futsal Courts and will be closed for renovation from 29 May (Monday) to 30 June 2017 (Friday). The Futsal Courts are scheduled to be ready in August.


During this period, Tennis Court 1 will remain open for use.


For more information, please call Sports Counter at 6750 2122 or email sports@orchidclub.com


Thank you for your kind understanding.
 

The Management
Orchid Country Club
25 May 2017

Dear Golfing Members,


Please be informed that it will be business as usual at the Driving Range on 26 June 2017 (Monday) as there will be no scheduled maintenance on that day due to the Hari Raya Puasa holiday.


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


The Management
Orchid Country Club
15 June 2017

Dear Golfing Members,


Please be informed that the Greens Committee has reviewed and deliberated on the Advance Golf Booking Fee and opined that this revision is necessary to ensure that the advance booking practice is kept within control and the Members’ usual booking rights are not compromised. 
 
As such, please be informed that with effect from 3 July 2017 (Monday), the Advance Golf Booking Fee for Weekends and Public Holidays will be revised from $50 to $100 per flight.

The Advance Golf Booking Fee for Weekdays will however, remain at $50 per flight (no change).

We thank you for your understanding and usual good cooperation in support of this revision.


The Management
Orchid Country Club
22 June 2017 (Thursday)

Dear Members and Guests,


As part of our efforts to keep our facilities up-to-date, please be informed that the toilets beside Aranda Lounge (Level 2) will be undergoing renovation works and will be closed from 12 June (Monday) to 31 July (Monday) 2017.


During this period, you may proceed to the nearest toilet next to the Theatrette (Level 1).


As heavy hacking works are expected from 12 to 16 June 2017 (Monday to Friday), we apologise for any inconvenience caused and our team will do their best to minimise disturbance.


Thank you for your understanding as we work to serve you better.


At your service,


The Management
Orchid Country Club
8 June 2017

Dear Members and Guests,
 

We are pleased to inform you that the toilet renovation works at the Driving Range are completed and the upgraded toilets are now open for use. Below are some photos for your viewing:.


Male:                                                                                              Female:


Toiletwebsite2   Toiletwebsite1  
       
Toiletwebsite3   Toiletwebsite4  

The Management
Orchid Country Club
8 June 2017

Dear Members and Guests,

 

We are pleased to inform you that the $20 F&B Voucher (see below image) in the 2017 Members’ birthday pack that you receive can now be redeemed at Royal Palm @ OCC.


Members Birthday Voucher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope that this special arrangement will bring you an enjoyable dining experience and we look forward to your continuous patronage.

 


The Management
Orchid Country Club
15 June 2017

Dear Golfing Members,

 

It was a five-day adventure from 10 to 14 May 2017 (Wednesday to Sunday) as 23 golfers ventured into Surabaya for a new golf experience. With mini competitions, scenic golf courses, good food and five-star accommodation, the golfers enjoyed themselves immensely and forged stronger friendships with one another.

Below are some of the photos taken during this exciting trip:

Surabaya Photo collage

 

To view the entire photo gallery, click here.


HainanTrip teaser

 

 

The Management
Orchid Country Club
25 May 2017

Dear Members and Guests,

 

We are pleased to announce that our new tenant, Royal Palm @ OCC, had their Grand Opening Ceremony this week and will be commencing operations starting 27 May 2017 (Saturday).

Royal Palm Photo Collage

 

With Ramadhan just around the corner, head down to the newly opened restaurant for their Ramadhan Iftar Special Buffet promotion!


OCC members get to enjoy 20% off the total bill!

 

For reservations, please call 6555 2165. We look forward to your continuous patronage.


The Management
Orchid Country Club
25 May 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 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

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.