Designed in 1983 by the prestigious traditional designer Peter Thomson and his partner Mike Wolveridge, the Garden course reflects the relaxed lifestyle of Singapore’s elite golf clubs during this period. Compared to the new courses that were developed during the golfing boom of the late 20th century, it seemed somewhat modest and therefore underwent several phases of renovation. Thomson transformed the original flat and empty terrain with elevation and hills to achieve movement, using land from areas that became attractive lakes strategically placed along the course. Later improvements focused more on the course’s beauty without incorporating major structural changes. The course is now long enough for a men's professional tournament, although so far only the HSBC Women's Championship has taken place. It is still a private club, and most remodeling was supervised by Tan Puay Huat as captain in the 1990s, and ending more recently when he became president.