The HSBC Women’s Champions at the Sentosa Golf Club next March is set to be a four-day festival of golf, music and food.
That’s because the world-class event, organised by IMG, Singapore Tourism Board and sponsored by HSBC, promises four days of top-class entertainment for music lovers and foodies as well as golf fans alike.
A completely new experience at the HSBC Women’s Champions
Said Robbie Henchman, Senior Vice President, Head of IMG Asia Pacific, “Golf, music and food enthusiasts will be treated to a completely new experience at the HSBC Women’s Champions in March. Whilst top-flight golfing action remains an integral part of the programme, visitors can look forward to a four-day festival that has something to offer every member of the family.”
He added, “Having had this event for the past eight years in Singapore, we have successfully brought in the best players from around the world. So this year we hope to bring in a new target audience – that is, those who will be coming for the concert and do not necessarily follow golf.”
Highlight is the Take That performance on Saturday 5 March
The highlight of the entire extravaganza, which is taking place from 3 to 6 March at the Sentosa Golf Club, would be the performance of Take That, the celebrated UK pop band, on the night of Saturday 5 March.
Formed in 1990, Take That has a string of Number One hits over a period of six years, with tracks including Back For Good, How Deep is Your love and Babe. The group, from Manchester, took a break for ten years before returning to the top position in 2006 with Patience.
Why was Take That selected to perform at the golf tournament? Said Henchman, “We wanted to pick an iconic band with a significant history and the band members had to have an interest in golf – that was a criteria. At the same time, Take That has songs which have become huge hits over multiple generations and they are renowned for their stage performances. We think that we have hit the mark with our choice.”
Jack Novac will also spin at the HSBC Women’s Champions
Besides Take that, another key highlight of the festival will be the appearance of the highly-acclaimed Jack Novak, a 29-year-old EDM artist from Chicago who will spin at the event amphitheatre in the early evening on Saturday night, before gates open to the driving range – the venue of the Take That concert.
On the other three days of the tournament, local DJs will provide entertainment after the day of golf action is over – to convince the spectators to stay on through the night. Said Henchman, “There will be DJs to keep the crowd entertained every night. The idea is to have people chill out and have a few drinks after the golf action has finished.”
He continued “Saturday will be the big day for entertainment though – because the tournament gets down to serious business on Sunday and we need to crown a winner. So we want everyone to focus on the actual sporting action.”
A food village like no other
As well, visitors to the HSBC Women’s Champions will be treated to a food village unlike those at a standard sporting event. The organisers will invite an internationally renowned chef to create a signature menu in a pop-up food booth, which is set to be the main attraction at the new-look spectator village, located between the golf course and the music stage.
But Henchman is unable to reveal the identity of the chef at this stage – this will be made public in the new year. He said, “What I can say though, is that it will be a celebrity chef that as never cooked in Singapore yet. The food will be something new that the Singapore palette has not yet tasted. We wanted to bring something new to the market.”
World’s best golf players will be returning to Sentosa
Of course though, entertainment aside, the most important aspect of the tournament is still the actual golfing action – and it has been confirmed that defending champion and World No 2 Inbee Park, World No 1 Lydia Ko and 2014 Champion, Paula Creamer, will be returning to The Serapong Course. So fans can indeed look forward to some star-studded action in March.
Said Ko, runner-up of last year’s tournament, “HSBC Women’s Champions is undoubtedly one of the best organised and most exciting tournaments in the world, which is why i keep returning to Singapore. Sentosa has a wonderful course, one that brings out the best in me.”
She added, “And with the likes of Take That and Jack Novac entertaining the fans and players this year, 2016 will be the best yet! I am very excited about it.”
According to Henchman, he expects either Ko or Park to be the winner in March. He said, “It is early days yet, but you have to put money on Lydia Ko and Inbee Park. They have been very consistent this year, going head-to-head. If they carry on again next year, then either of them will take the title.”
He added, “But then again there is so much talent in the top echelons of the LPG tour. If you look at the list of champions we have had at this event, anyone could win. Stacy Lewis and Paula Creamer love this course and Angela Stanford and Suzann Pettersen have had success on this course. So for all we know, there may be a dark horse winner. But do not bet against the favourites.”
Fans can look forward to a spectacular time
So with so much top-class golfing action, as well as world-renowned celebrity chefs, DJs and bands coming to Singapore in March, fans of golf, music and food can indeed look forward to having a spectacular time at the HSBC Women’s Champions.
Said Henchman, “We have transformed the dynamics of the event to ensure that the three different components all work together, making for an entirely new visitor experience. I believe that the HSBC Women’s Champions will reflect the way that all sporting events should be staged in Asia and will lead the way in an evolution of fan engagement and visitor experience at live events of this kind.”
How to purchase tickets for the event
Tickets for the HSBC Women’s Champions are available from 15 December 2015 to 6 March 2016 and can be purchased at www.sistic.com.sg
Ticket prices are as follows.