Where could one go to escape the buzzing city life and unwind with family? Around almost every corner of Singapore, you’ll find a social club promptly situated — offering its members provision of brilliant benefits, including access to social and recreational facilities, activities and events.
These popular establishments provide you with the opportunity to explore Singapore’s multi-cultural heritage, alongside building new friendships and skills over relaxing visits and staycations!
Expat Choice recommends the following selection of 22 social clubs for you to consider joining as a member, especially returning global locals who’d appreciate a safe and welcoming environment to aid your settlement back into town. We are positive there’ll be one (or more) best suited for your needs — be it a weekend getaway for rejuvenation, adventure-filled family bonding, or a small taste of ‘home away from home!' - Image Credit: Singapore Swimming Club
The Singapore Swimming Club (SSC) was founded on February 7, 1894, by a group of young European men who happened upon a gorgeous swimming and relaxing area on a sandbank close to Tanjong Katong beach along East Coast. In 1963, then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew issued a directive to all British clubs that they could no longer stick to their “white only” rule, and the SSC accordingly began admitting Asian members.
Singapore Swimming Club has developed over the past 130 years into an exclusive members-only recreational club and has developed a broad membership base and is no longer just made up of Europeans, but of all nationalities including expatriates from all corners of the globe and Singaporeans.
Members of the Singapore Swimming Club get access to two Olympic-sized swimming pools, a learn-to-swim pool, and a kids' pool, suitable for both experienced and novice swimmers, and a wide range of sports facilities, including badminton courts, squash courts, tennis courts, an air-conditioned table tennis hall, and two fitness studios. Score a strike and have a rolling good time at Singapore Swimming Club’s 10-lane Bowling Centre or test your skills at billiards and pool in the Cue-sports Room.
Members have access to a variety of amenities, including play areas, saunas, Jacuzzis, steam rooms, and a game room, for relaxation and enjoyment. Feeling peckish? Singapore Swimming Club boasts 11 food & beverage outlets which caters to different gastronomic preferences and palates. Master chefs are adept at preparing dishes to suit a wide array of cuisines to suit both local Singaporean and expatriate tastes. In addition, the club also offers its members access to a spa, a hair salon, and a manicure salon.
The club supports a wide range of popular sports contests, fitness classes, and recreational programmes including Chinese brush painting, dancercise, and line dancing in addition to swimming programmes designed for swimmers of all abilities.
The Singapore Swimming Club seeks to support an active and healthy lifestyle in a tranquil and pleasant environment by providing a variety of recreational opportunities and services to all of its members. An added bonus for members SSC has reciprocal arrangements with clubs worldwide in countries including, but not limited to Australia, Canada , Hong Kong, India, Japan and USA.
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For those new to Singapore, or long-term residents who want to have a change of daily lifestyle, Expat Choice suggest you visit The Singapore Swimming Club online to view membership options.
Individual Term Membership is open to Singapore Permanent Residents and Employment Pass holders. Term Membership is renewable upon its expiry and members who refer their friends to join the Club will receive $250 spending credit for every successful sign-up.
For Membership Categories, please visit the membership page here or contact the SSC Membership Department on +65 6342 3625 or send an email to [email protected] and one of the membership co-ordinators will be in touch to talk you through your options.
Nestled in the idyllic east of Singapore – a stone’s throw away from the vibrant Katong district and the peaceful shorelines of East Coast Park – lies the Chinese Swimming Club (CSC), a private social and recreation club amalgamating the best of tradition and modernity to offer membership beyond the ordinary. Sprawled across its three plots of land are five dedicated swimming pools (including an Olympic-sized pool) built for all ages, abilities, and swimming preferences. In these blue waters, lively competition and blissful recreation conflate.
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For sports enthusiasts, the Chinese Swimming Club also hits all the right notes with a myriad of world-class amenities – Basketball, Badminton, Squash and Tennis courts, Table Tennis and Billiards rooms, and a 12-lane Bowling Alley provide great spaces for competition and community get-togethers. But the Club has perhaps found its way into the hearts of members through its F&B offerings, serving up fragrant brews and other pick-me-ups at its cosy coffee bar, dishing out international cuisine at its all-day dining restaurant, or infusing evening cocktails with jazzy tunes at the bar lounge overlooking a stunning pool vista.
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Celebrating 150 years in 2021, The Swiss Club is one of the eldest and most historic social clubs in Singapore. Surrounded by the lush jungle in Bukit Timah, it’s a chance to escape to an elegant and family-friendly retreat. Meeting your expectations, the facilities comprise of everything members would want in a club, such as a massive swimming pool, tennis courts, sports fields, and a gym. The inclusion of the Guesthouse facility provides visitors with comfortable accommodation for their stay. There’s also a wide range of sports and other activities, from social nights to kids’ camps! - Image Credit: Swiss Club Facebook Page
The Singapore Recreation Club is a popular club in town, where members can host business meetings, unwind with a game of cards at the Card Room, or enjoy relaxed evenings with tipples. If you’re interested in hosting private functions, it contains plenty of venue options within its premises. Besides swimming, bowling or the usual recreational activities, it also houses a Kids’ Room, which has play systems for preschoolers and a game console for primary school aged children. - Image Credit: Singapore Recreation Club Facebook Page
Voted as the Best Renovated Golf Course in Asia Pacific 2020, an ideal family-friendly choice can be found at the hilltop Seletar Country Club — a haven of peace and tranquillity with rolling acres of lush greenery. Distinguished as a wonderful blend of leisure and a fine private club, along with its rich heritage dating back to 1930, the club is known for its highly-coveted club membership — offering top-notch social activities and recreational facilities within its premises. For families, think martial art programmes, swimming, bowling, tennis, golfing personal training sessions, indoor playgrounds and more.
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Your lifestyle family club where members can eat, play and meet is experienced at the Warren Country Club. Families would appreciate the opportunity for their children to make new friends and learn new skills at the Warren Kids’ Club, along with various events catering to their age-group. Features include enjoyable sports activities and classes, in-house dining and takeaway, and a spread of other recreational options and facilities. The social calendar promotes a flow of events throughout the year, giving members a chance to mingle and get to know each other. - Image Credit: Warren Golf & Country Club Facebook Page
Another one of Singapore’s oldest and most prominent social clubs is Tanglin Club, founded by British businessmen back in 1866. The expansive, inclusive growth over the years has seen its changeover from what was once exclusively limited to elite Europeans, to now holding a reputation of diversity with over 7,000 members from 40 different nationalities. Situated next door to the American Club on Claymore Hill, the massive clubhouse offers an oasis for relaxation and rejuvenation — boasting a wealth of dining options, children’s activities, fitness and spa facilities, and much more. - Image Credit: Tanglin Club Facebook Page
You’ll find typical club recreational activities at the Singapore Island Country Club — like golf, tennis, squash, swimming, bowling and billiards. Apart from that, members can engage in dance classes and enrichment programmes, where they can pick up new skills. A standard exclusive club, with friendly staff and a premier Bukit golf course. - Image Credit: Golf Asia's Website
A premier sports and lifestyle club in the heart of the city, Singapore Cricket Club is situated at the doorstep of the iconic Padang field. Aside from cricket, this social club offers other popular field sports too — such as football, rugby hockey, tennis, lawn bowls and netball, among more. Billiards and bridge game rooms are also included in their list of recreational activities. Furthermore, there’s a host of wine and dine options and events, and even a Wine Circle programme; offering overseas wine tours, wine tastings and appreciation classes! - Image Credit: Singapore Cricket Club Facebook Page
If the family holds a member who’s in National Service, you gain eligibility for membership at National Service Resort & Country Club. Recreational facilities include fitness amenities, sea sports, swimming pools, tennis and squash courts, a children’s playground, amongst more. For a weekend getaway, its holiday bungalows and chalets will do nicely and are available for bookings! - Image Credit: National Service Resort & Country Club Facebook Page
Families will find plenty to do at the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club, as contrary to popular belief — this south-western region club doesn’t just cater to avid mariners. There's a children’s room for the little ones, a karaoke room, a resort-style swimming pool to cool off in, and a RSYC Chart Room (which holds nautical books, charts and computers to assist plans for your next boating trip). While enjoying the sun and breeze, you can kick back at the bar, or head to either of the club’s two restaurants and feast on delicious meals! - Image Credit: Republic of Singapore Yacht Club Facebook Page
There’s something for everyone at one of the oldest and most well-respected clubs in Singapore, Serangoon Gardens Country Club. Here, you can spoil yourself with nine restaurants and dining choices, taking your pick from different cuisines offered. The competition-sized swimming pool is perfect for splashing around in, but if you prefer a soak, then you have outdoor jacuzzis to meet your needs. Favoured indoor activities include a bowling alley and karaoke rooms featuring popular hits (amongst more), and you can also sign up for fitness classes like aerobics, martial arts and yoga. - Image Credit: Serangoon Gardens Country Club Facebook Page
With its rich heritage and history, the ultimate golfing experience can be found at Orchid Country Club — which holds three award-winning, nine-hole golf courses. Primarily a golfing venue, indulge in the unique Orchid experience immersed in flora and fauna. Members also get to enjoy golfing privileges in over 90+ clubs across Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and South America. This social club is also a popular venue for creating unforgettable memories with weddings and celebrations! - Image Credit: Orchid Country Club Facebook Page
Conceived with the purpose of reviving the Old English tradition of exquisite and elegant urban living — Raffles Town Club has since grown to be one of the most impressive social clubs in the country. Dedicated efforts towards satisfying the lifestyle needs of Members and their guests show in its top-of-the-line facilities, beautiful environment, and an outstanding array of glamorous events and customised activities. There’s a car grooming centre and preschool within this social club, and other highlights include a tennis court, gym, video games and billiards room, gym, bowling alley and more. In addition to F&B programmes and member events, RTC offers movie screenings, educational talks and workshops, fitness classes, and houses five dining options to choose from. - Image Credit: Raffles Town Club Facebook Page
This not-for-profit organisation was born with the objective to promote Belgian—Luxembourg and Singapore exchanges. Similar to ANZA, BLAS doesn’t hold a clubhouse of its own, but the association sees its volunteers annually organising 50+ engaging social and recreational events for its members. Considerately suiting everyone’s tastes — from members-only diners and business networking to cooking classes and sports leagues, it’s a popular way to retain a bit of home. Whatever your reasons for joining BLAS may be, this circle promises you plenty of opportunities to meet new people, build friendships and add enjoyment and fun-filled memories to your stay in Singapore. - Image Credit: BLAS website
Not only popular for being Singapore’s most family-friendly members’ club, the Hollandse Club has another big plus point — it offers some of the lowest membership fees around town. Founded over a century ago, and proud of its Dutch heritage, this long-standing club extends open doors to all nationalities. Within its inclusive community, core emphasis is placed on family events, play and activities. Along with a gorgeous tropical swimming pool, the club offers an excellent range of fitness and sports programmes; including yoga and meditation classes, triathlon, and both adult and youth sports teams. Parents can also look forward to trivia and comedy nights, poolside parties with DJs and alfresco dinners with live music. - Image Credit: Hollandse Club Singapore Facebook Page
The Japanese Association is a trending and welcoming social club for Japanese families residing in Singapore. One of the objectives of this century-old establishment is to become an international cultural exchange ground for people to meet, chat and relax. Find everything from authentic Japanese cuisine and a dedicated karaoke room, to a children’s library and special medical clinic with Japanese doctors (and Singaporean doctors who speak Japanese). Current memberships are categorised by Ordinary, Associate and Corporate members. - Image Credit: The Japanese Association Facebook Page
Head to Singapore’s North-east coast, and discover the secret hideaway of Changi Sailing Club. If you’re a sailing enthusiast — you’re bound to love the yearly cruise trips, scenic views, equipment rental options, members-only activities and discounts at reciprocal clubs. For a weekend family getaway — you could book a picturesque chalet and enjoy a chilled out barbeque together, or perhaps venture into CSC's 20-metre pool where you can lounge and lap about with pleasure! The club invites you to join in their own version of paradise and experience the sheer joy of breezy sailing. - Image Credit: Changi Sailing Club Facebook Page
The only private country club amenity in Singapore open to the public is Marina Country Club — so you have the option to bring friends along during your visits. Not only that, It provides an extremely affordable experience to reach your aims of relaxation and leisure. This social club offers a great variety of sea sports and water-based activities such as; wakeboarding, diving trips, water-skiing, deep-sea fishing and memorable sunset cruises. While tanking up on Vitamin Sea — there’s a range of bars perfect for an evening of tipples and beers. Additionally, an attractive range of enrichment programmes and holiday camps for younger members are available and taught by professionally trained coaches.- Image Credit: Marina Country Club Facebook Page
ANZA was founded with the mission of providing friendship and support amongst the Australian and New Zealand families based in Singapore. Over its 73 year journey thus far, ANZA has grown to a membership base of 7000+, constituting a range of multiple nationalities. In representing a diverse and inclusive association, it holds a long history of welcoming newcomers to Singapore and supporting its members with a range of events, sports, interest groups, networking and volunteering opportunities. Members value the strong sense of community and connection, particularly expats living away from home and their loved ones. While there is no clubhouse to it’s name, it does have an extremely active social calendar (the annual ANZA ball is a major highlight!), sports leagues for adults and children alike and an impactful charity arm. - Image Credit: ANZA Singapore Facebook Page
Founded in 1983, The British Club is Singapore’s only Hilltop Retreat, a unique private community where members of 50+ nationalities and their families enjoy superb facilities, outstanding restaurants and a high level of dedicated service. Surrounded by Bukit Timah’s lush greenery, this club covers an expansive area of more than 5,900 square feet in secluded grounds — comprising four restaurants and seven banquet venues, with an unparalleled range of sporting and family-oriented facilities. Additionally, it provides activities such as crafting groups, book clubs, a toddler playgroup and recreational mahjong. TBC strives to exceed one’s expectations of what a social club is meant to be, and faithfully lives up to this reputation. - Image Credit: The British Club Singapore Facebook Page
Strategically located in the heart of Singapore’s Orchard business district, The American Club is an exclusive sanctuary for members to enjoy life’s little luxuries and conveniences, with a plethora of recreational, dining and wellness options. It’s award winning staff sets the standard for exemplary customer service, facilities and hospitality. From casual poolside dining to the spa, kids club, state of the art gym, library, catering services or dry cleaning — this one feels like a jackpot winner! Families will appreciate the indoor play area spanning four levels — two are allocated for family and tweens; one houses a cosmic bowling alley and the other is for toddlers and babies. Escape from the hustle and bustle of life and explore its hidden treasures, gaining the chance to experience why this club is fondly considered a ‘home away from home’ for members overseas and locals alike. - Image Credit: The American Club Singapore Facebook Page
‘Herzlich Willkommen in Singapur!’ German-speaking families who are new to Singapore will find The German Association to be a welcoming point of entry and a friendly support system towards aiding their settlement in town. Just like many of the other social clubs, it organises many social, sports and networking events, enabling members to make friends easily. As for the club’s main highlight — without a doubt the famous annual Oktoberfest celebrations take first place. - Image Credit: German Association - Deutsches Haus Facebook Page
Founded in 1886 by the officers of the King’s Own Regiment, the Singapore Polo Club has a distinguished heritage and is one of the oldest sporting clubs in Singapore. Staying true to its rich traditions of camaraderie and sportsmanship — the social club hosts plenty of tournaments and events throughout the year for skilled polo players. Members who are new to polo, yet serious about riding, can opt for joining the Riding Academy to learn the fundamentals of riding, posture and balance. Members aged 6-21 years can sign up for Pony Academy and learn about equitation and horse management in a safe environment, where they get to groom, feed, wash and interact with 45 ponies and horses. - Image Credit: Singapore Polo Club Facebook Page