Golf is one of Stefan Masuhr’s favourite sports, both to watch and to play. Golf is a shared passion in the Masuhr family, with Stefan’s son studying on a full time golf programme at the IMG Academy in Brandenton, Florida, USA.
With memberships around the globe, Masuhr can play for leisure on some of the world’s best courses has enjoyed golf holidays in Japan, Australia, the US and China. The courses that Masuhr prefers playing on include the Serapong course at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore, and the Roehampton course in London.
The Serapong course at Sentosa Golf Club is based on Sentosa Island, which is a 20-minute drive from Singapore’s central business district. The challenging par-72, 18-hole course measures 6,675 meters in length. Designed by the esteemed American golf course designer Ronald Fream, the course was completed in 1982 and stands on what was originally a mangrove swamp. Built by dredging sand from the sea, the Serapong course took several years to come to life.
The Serapong course has been ranked as the 79th best golf course in the world according to Golf Digest magazine. Serapong is the only course in Singapore to be on Golf Digest’s well-respected top 100 list, and it was also the 2017 ‘Number 1 Championship Golf Course in Asia’ according to Asian Golf Monthly. Home to the Singapore Open, Sentosa Golf Club received the honour of ‘Best Tournament of the Year’ and ‘Best Golf Course’ at the Asian Tour’s 2017 awards ceremony.
The Serapong recently underwent a renovation that saw greens technology such as PermOPore and SubAir incorporated into the course. The 12 million Singapore dollar makeover means that the course now boasts faster and more complex greens with new bunker complexes. Rebunkered by architect Gene Bates, the course has the Singapore skyline as its backdrop as it overlooks the breathtaking scenery of downtown Singapore.
The third hole on the course has stunning views of Singapore harbour; measuring 439 meters, the hole loops around the front nine. The best hole of the back nine is the Par 4, 15th, which is 393 meters long; the number 1 handicap and its curvature means that players must aim to the right in order to avoid the Singapore harbour which is to the left.