National Service Resort & Country Club (NSRCC) is a golf and country club complete with subsidised bungalow chalets set up to recognise the contributions of operationally ready NSmen to Total Defence. Its membership is open to NSmen who have performed national service, as well as full-time NSmen. Like other country clubs, its facilities include bowling, fitness centres, sea sports centres and sports facilities.
NSRCC has two clubs, and the main attractions are the golf courses. One offers a 27-hole championship course with full clubhouse facilities at Changi and the other an 18-hole golf course at Kranji near Lim Chu Kang.
NSRCC would be slightly pricier if you are looking for a booking during their peak periods, usually during weekends and school holidays. It would be good if you have friends or family members who are SAFRA or resort members. Get them to book the bungalows at a better price. There are discounts given to NSmen as well though not as much as the other two, at least it is better than none.
There are a total of two spacious rooms and toilets in the bungalow itself. It is generally clean, otherwise you can call the reception and they will send their staff down to clean, no questions asked. The bungalow will generally be well-equipped with the basic facilities. Late night mahjong sessions, not a problem, they provide a table as well as tiles. For parties or gatherings, NSRCC allows rental of tables and chairs at a low cost. Having sleepovers and not enough rooms? Not to worry, mattresses and blankets are just a call away too. Call their reception to request for more, their counter staff are friendly and helpful.
There are plenty of facilities around NSRCC as well. These facilities are generally functional and clean unless they are down for maintenance. Check with their staff before going down. Located just at the building beside the pool, they have bowling, karaoke, arcade and pool tables. Their prices are very reasonable too. For instance a small room for karaoke would cost you about S$10 per hour, exclusive of 7% GST. The room capacity would be four to six per room, which would be about S$2 or so for one hour of karaoke session. Do not expect the best sound quality, but it is not too bad at this price!
Besides those facilities listed, they have got more to offer. Basketball, tennis, squash courts and a gym. Just a handful of their many other facilities, and the rest will be left for you to experience yourself. Two days would be insufficient if you are looking to cycle, which would take up at least half a day. The adventurous few can consider night cycling as well. Rest assured, your two days there will probably be one of the best and nothing less!
There are some activities there like bowling but I did not try any activities there yet so I would not know how they fair but it should be good too. The price might be a little concern but if you have National Service or the perks they offer, NSRCC is definitely the chalet to choose.
Bear in mind that you have to either cycle or walk from East Coast Park or take the free shutter bus or grab taxi to get there if you do not drive as it is not really easily accessible like other chalets.
I recommend NSRCC for friends or family either celebrating birthdays or relaxing. For friends, it is a good way to end off a hectic year/semester of studying.
However, I would mention that I got the Bungalow with the help of an acquaintance's dad who was a resort member. And that got me the bungalow at almost half price off the original. Which was a worthy bargain. Otherwise, if you're a non-member, the chalet could be considered to be a tad too expensive. I also paid an extra 20 bucks for the pool view but I'll advise you to do otherwise, the view isn't anything spectacular. Save that 20 and get yourself some drinks ;)
One major drawback is NSRCC's inaccessibility as there is no way in unless you drive, take a cab or the shuttle bus which comes at very infrequent timings. On the plus side, this also means that NSRCC is at a secluded corner of our island and this really adds to the feeling that you're on a vacay, having a proper getaway from the usual hum drum of city life.
The service is also something to commend, as they provide fast and efficient service upon a phone call. The bungalows are also fairly well-maintained, and the cleanliness of the place was great!
It is, however, a little out of place, but I still love its classiness, elegance and high standards of accommodation.
We even had a late night swim in the big pool before engaging in some mischief that I would cringe trying to recall.
I would not think twice having another stay-over there. Anyone?
My initial plan was to just go there, pass my cousin the present and then gave an excuse and made an early exit. When I arrived, I was a bit surprised at the size of the chalet. It had enough space for a big family gathering and after I toured the unit, I decided not to use the excuse to make my early exit.
The unit was clean for a chalet and looked pretty well maintained and I heard from my cousin the booking fees for a member was reasonable considering it was a two storey unit and had two bed rooms. Highly recommended for a good family gathering.
What really impressed me was the cleanliness of the chalet, and the spiral staircase connecting the double storey bungalow. The spaciousness can easily house quite a large number of people, making it ideal for gatherings.
Getting to the chalet may prove to be much of a hassle unless you drive, as you can only take a limited number of buses and cabs do not frequent the area in the middle of the night. I guess that’s the price you pay for the tranquil environment at Changi.
Another thing which impressed me was how cheap bowling there is ($1.50 per game for students)! I have been back a few times since, and I'm glad to say that the chalet is still in very good and clean condition. There was a mahjong table in the chalet, but if you manage to convince a friend to bring their kinect machine as well, you surely will have a ball of a time!
The two-storey bungalow houses are equipped with a television with some cable tv channels. There is also a kitchen with a microwave oven, an electronic cooker (which is safer, since it doesn't use gas!) and many other essentials. There are also barbecue pits located at each of the units too. Food has to be brought here by the users, since the nearest supermarket is very far away unless you are driving. My friends and I prefer to bring food here and cook them rather than barbecue, since we our stay here lasted for 3 days and 2 nights on both occasions we rented the chalet.
The facilities are very good as well. My friends and I had a good workout at the gym, which was very well maintained. The swimming pool is spacious for all types of swimming. What is not to be missed is the jacuzzi located near the large pool! Unfortunately only one of them was working (with warm water) during my stay last week. A great way to relax your muscles if you visited the gym as well. Another facility not to be missed is the steam room, which is something like a sauna, located in the changing rooms near the swimming pool. Both the steam room and the jacuzzi were especially therapeutic since it rained earlier in the day during my stay.
The only complain that I might have is the location of the whole chalet/resort. There is a shuttle bus to take you there from Tanah Merah interchange, which is located in the far East. Also, the waiting intervals between each shuttle bus is about 1 hour long if I recall correctly. However, this "ulu" aspect of the chalet does help to give you the feeling of truly being on a holiday!
First it is really spacious. Usually chalets are really small even if they are bungalows-styled, however this is perfect for our group of around 10+ people. The living room is large enough to hold in door activities and for parties without been cramp at all. So I think it is perfect for small class gatherings :)
Also, the ability to use the kitchen appliances! Usually we aren't allowed to cook in chalets but in NSRCC it is possible! I remember cooking fried rice for the group there, which was a really fun activity. But I can't remember whether they provide woks, you probably would have to bring your own! And for those who doesn't like to cook, you can also organize BBQ there.
The down side of it might be that it could be inconvenient at times. Travelling by public transport would be quite impossible. Best to take a cab in or by car, didn't try their shuttle service as well because of the wait. Lastly, remember to prepare cooked food/snacks and drinks. It is rather hard to find food there.
Overall a great place for groups hangout !