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Best Credit Cards for Golfers

Do you fancy an afternoon golfing with your friends and business associates in one of the luscious green gold course in Singapore? How about sneaking in some golf time when you are overseas for work? Golfing used to be considered somewhat of a privileged sport, but with the huge decline in prices of golf club memberships here in the last few years, it has become more and more accessible to the man on the street.

Credit Card Privileges For Golf

Common features of cashback credit cards and air miles credit cards with golf perks include access to golf clubs globally, free golf sessions and complimentary golfers insurance. Do check for the limits for free sessions though, since that's main difference for most of these cards. Here's a look at some of the best credit cards available here for golfers.

Maybank World MasterCard

If you are looking to play at golf courses that are a little further away, Maybank offers a Regional Golf Program for its Maybank World MasterCard members. Other than playing at clubs in Southeast Asia, you get to go to those located in Australia, China, Spain, Turkey, South Africa, United States and the United Kingdom

What's more, cardmembers actually get complimentary green fees with a minimum spend of S$1,000 in the previous calendar month and your guests enjoy a 10% saving on walk-in rates as well. You are limited to 2 flights per month, which we thought is pretty fair. Locally, you get to bring a guest for free at any of these 4 clubs – Sembawang Country Club, Raffles Country Club, Orchid Country Club and Keppel Club.

HSBC Visa Platinum

If you love playing golf around Asia, the HSBC Visa Platinum card lets you enjoy up to 30% off green fees in 30 participating clubs in South East Asia. The nearby location provides a perfect 1-day golfing when you are out travelling and some of these clubs make the perfect holiday spots! Choose from golf clubs located at lovely vacation destinations such as the Vinpearl Golf & Resort in Nha Trang, Vietnam, the Alpine Golf Resort in Chiang Mai and the Fairways & Bluewater New Coast in Boracay. Locally, you get complimentary green fees all-year round at the Tanjong course in Sentosa Golf Club.

There are quite a bit of term and conditions tied to your free game locally though- you need a minimum of 1 paying guest and complimentary games are only valid for weekdays.

Charge your golfing fees to your card and you enjoy a complimentary golfers' insurance that gives you up to $500,000 coverage for any accidents and mishaps during your golf game!

Standard Chartered Visa Infinite Credit Card

For Standard Chartered Visa Infinite card, we need to first mention that it comes with a hefty annual fee of $588.50, but it's privileges are quite jaw-dropping too! Not only do you get the golf privileges sponsored by Visa (same as the HSBC card), what's interesting is the card's focus on giving the cardmember a privileged access to life's elite indulgences.

Upon sign-up, you receive 35,000 miles or 25,000 miles with S$100 Uber credits straight up. For travels, you get to enjoy 6 annual complimentary visits to over 850 airport lounges and what's great is that you can also bring in a guest with you via the priority lounge pass programme. For the truly indulgent, you can even book a private jet with personal cabin crew with a 10% off standard live hourly rates.

Other luxurious privileges include savings off spa treatments at the Fullerton Spa, best-guaranteed rate when you stay in any of the hotels under the Visa Luxury Hotel Collection and even privilege rates when you book a yacht.

Are you ready for the luxurious lifestyle yet? Make use of these above cards to up your golf games with free green fees and global club access!

How Much Does It Cost To Play Golf?

Golf club memberships used to be seen as a type of investment but these days, it has become more of a lifestyle purchase. Membership at open market prices are definitely not cheap, typically starting in the 6-figure range. For example, a club membership at the more exclusive Sentosa Golf Course costs around $245,000 and one at the Tanah Merah Country Club costs around $175,000. The good news? You don't really need a membership to play if you go to a public golf course, but be prepared that it will be pretty crowded.

If you are new to golf or wants to pick up golfing, you will no doubt need lessons as the sport is not something you can learn on your own. Coaching sessions typically cost between $100 to $300 per session and it is more economical to learn with a friend or two. This fee does not include the rental for your golf clubs, green fees and buggy rides. Green fees depend on the club, but to give you an indicative price, an 18-hole game for the weekend at Keppel Club costs $320 net with buggy rental included.

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