The American Club is Singapore’s favourite Social and Sports Club, a unique private community where Members ofmore than 60 nationalities with diverse and dynamic cultureand their families enjoy superb facilities, outstanding dining expereience and a high level of service.

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Dec 1, 2022

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About The Club

Club History

Club History

2015

To meet the growing needs of the membership and in planning for the future, the Club embarked on a $65 million redevelopment project, which replaced the Scotts Road building and pool, and upgraded its Claymore Hill building and Sports Complex. The redevelopment allowed for enhanced usage of space within the Club, increase staff efficiencies, and ultimately elevate Member satisfaction.

Club History

2000

In the last decade, the Club added a gamut of facilities like Thyme Café – an award winning fine dining restaurant, The 2nd Floor, HOME – our wine retail outlet; Business Center – a convenient one-stop work area for adults; sên Spa; Energy – a sports retail store; and Essentials – a convenience store.

In addition, the Club’s Fitness & Leisure expanded its offerings with more fitness options, including more Aquatics classes and adult recreational and fitness classes. The Club has now evolved to become true home away from home destination for Members, local and overseas alike.

Club History

1990

The Scotts Complex is remodeled to maximize floor space. Construction of the new Library. Jackpot Room, Teen Room and staff locker room begins

Club History

1989

The Claymore Hill Complex sees its grand opening in May. It consisted of two levels of underground parking, the Liberty Lounge – an up-market cocktail lounge, the Union Bar – a casual sports bar, and a function room on the third floor.

Club History

1983

Due to its state of disrepair, a proposed major development plan was mooted with the option to either renovate or demolish and rebuild the clubhouse. As membership had already exceeded the Club’s capacity by this time, architects were engaged to draw up a design for a new clubhouse.

Club History

1978

The Club purchased one acre of land on Claymore Hill at $2.29 million for the construction of the Car park and Sports Complex, featuring three squash courts, two air-conditioned racquetball courts, four tennis courts, and an 88-car parking lot

Club History

1970

The Presidential Room – formed of a rooftop garden room and serving as a cocktail lounge and multi-purpose room – was built. The Eagle’s Nest was opened to answer the long-standing need of Members for a casual dining facility accessible from all activity areas. It featured a light meals, snacks and a relaxed dress code.

Club History

1966

In what was regarded as “one of the most significant improvements of the Club’s amenities in its 19-year history”, a new Bowling Alley Complex was built, housing an eight-lane bowling alley, an air-conditioned cocktail lounge, a library, a card room, conference rooms, and office for the American community organization.

Club History

1963

On November 30, 1963, The American Club’s first swimming pool was officially opened. The kidney-shaped pool was a long anticipated facility and its completion was seen as a significant move towards making the Club more family-oriented in its facilities and activities.

Club History

1958

A $30,000 renovation program saw the creation of the Manhattan Room and lounge. The room was thus named for an elegant mural of the Manhattan skyline adoring the entirety of one of its walls. The Club once again became a popular dining and meeting place for the community.

Club History

1955

The new clubhouse officially opened in June, featuring a bar, dining room, an office, and Singapore’s first bowling alley. The new 4-lane bowling alley proved to be immensely popular. Back then, there was no air-conditioning in the bowling alley and “pin-boys” had to manually reset the pins after each set as automatic pin-setters had yet to be invented.

Club History

1954

Aided by a donation of $25,000 by Loke Wan Tho (owner of Cathay) towards the acquisition of new premise, and combined with Club surpluses of $50,000 and financing from the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation of approximately $150,000, the Club secured the Cycle House at 21 Scott Road for its new premises, which it still occupies today. The old house that stood on the land was torn down and the land was mortgaged, while construction of a 67,000 square foot California-style clubhouse began.

Club History

1951

In 1951, Cathay Organization wanted to repossess the space rented to the Club to develop it as part of the new Cathay Hotel. The Club was pressed to find an alternate site. Due to the Club’s inability to find a suitable location over the next 4 years, serious thought was given to a complete liquidation of the Club.

Club History

1948

Interest in forming a club “aimed at organizing social activities and fostering closer ties among local Americans” was renewed.

On September 10, an unprecedented General Meeting of resident Americans was held for the purpose of organizing the new American Club, and the motion was approved. Membership was opened to other nationalities, although there was a need to maintain a majority of American members for the Club to retain its identity.

On September 14, 1948, The Club was officially established with 146 Members, on a rented balcony on the fifth floor of one of Singapore’s first skyscrapers – the Cathay Building at Sophia Road. It consisted of a bar and two second-hand slot machines, and was manned by a total of five employees.

Club History

1939

In 1939, the American Association made a bid for what nearly became our first Clubhouse – the German Club building. Nearing completion at the outbreak of World War II, the property was confiscated by the Enemy Property Custodian due to Singapore’s status as a British colony. It was eventually destroyed during the war.

Club History

1932

The idea of forming a social club for Americans was first mooted in 1932 by the American Association of Malaya. As the total of 56 American residing in Singapore was insufficient to support the proposed club, the plan was put on hold.

Our Vision

To create a vibrant community with a distinct American culture; a place that families can proudly call their home away from home.

Our Mission

We are in the happiness business, striving to enrich the lives of our Members, employees, guests and partners through fun, food, fitness and family, delivered with passion and pride.

Club Governance

The governance structure of the Club is that it is member-owned. There are 25 committees which provide plenty of opportunities to get involved as a volunteer. The committees support the Club management through strategic counsel and policy making.

Only the General Committee (GC) has approval power.

Each year at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November, six spots are available for election/re-election for a two-year tenure. From the GC, the Executive Committee (EXCO) is formed each year in April.

If Members wish to volunteer on any of the Committees, please fill up the online Volunteer Interest Form.

General Committee

Landy Eng

President

Jill Morgenroth

Vice President

Mathew Welch

Secretary

Alex Elkies

Treasurer

Adam Radicic

Member at Large

Alex Zecha

Member at Large

Christina Maynes

Member at Large

Greg Tanner

Member at Large

Jennifer Trounson

Member at Large

Lauren Ullman

Member at Large

Marcella Sullivan

Member at Large

Tessa Pang

Member at Large

Ashok K. Lalwani

American Association of Singapore Representative

Linda Schindler

American Women’s Association Representative

Kim Norman

Canadian Association of Singapore Representative

Col Russ Corwin

US Embassy Representative

Club Advocacy​

Everyday is Earth Day at
the Club


At The American Club, we are committed to enhancing sustainability and expanding environmentally-friendly practices.

Here are some of the green initiatives that the Club has adopted over the years and in doing so, has enabled us to strive towards ongoing sustainability.

• Meat alternatives on the Club's restaurant menus
• Biodegradable straws in all restaurants
• Recycling and sorting bins are located throughout the Club
• Food takeaway packaging are made from sustainable materials
• Sale of reusable tumblers and coffee cups at Central
• All lighting fixtures have been replaced with LED bulbs that are energy efficient and emit less heat

Club Management

Rick Coate

General Manager

Rick joined The American Club on October 21, 2020. Rick brings a remarkable career spanning multiple continents and more than 30 years’ service & management experience to his position.

After beginning his career in retail, and then the airline industry, Rick moved into the world of sports club management. From 2002, he managed some of Australia’s most renowned golf clubs before taking over as the General Manager of the prestigious Hong Kong Cricket Club in 2012. After a three-and-a-half-year stint at the helm, he moved back to Australia where he managed the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron and was Sports Project Manager at Melbourne Cricket Club before taking over as CEO of Disabled Wintersport Australia.

In addition to his expansive management portfolio, Rick has undertaken formal management training and post-graduate education across a wide range of service-based industries, including an MBA from Deakin University and a professional certification from Harvard University.

Angie Ng

Senior Director of Finance

Angie oversees the Club’s Accounts, Store, Payroll, Purchasing and IT functions. She played a key role in formulating the Club’s five-year business plan and launched an enhanced cash flow management system which helped drive growth in revenue and Gross Operating Profit.

Angie also spearheaded the Club’s digital transformation to integrate new IT systems including a booking app, membership app and point-of-sale system.

A seasoned Finance professional, Angie has held finance leadership roles in the hospitality, retail and service industries, including listed companies. Some of her past achievements include the successful acquisition of two hotels in North Asia for Park Hotel Group and securing favorable refinancing to help retail giant, CK Tang, get back on track financially.

Mylene Soh

Director of People Development

Mylene joined the Club in early September 2022. She is in charge of overseeing the Club’s People Development and Training team.

Mylene was formerly the Human Resource Director at Singapore Swimming Club for seven years before joining The American Club. A seasoned HR professional with vast experience in the hospitality industry, Mylene incorporates a consultative approach into her work and is able to effectively develop, implement and sustain positive change in the workplace. 

Mylene’s ability to establish collaborative union partner-management relationships has allowed her to maintain a perfect track record of zero reported staff grievances.

Dan Durkin

Director of Food & Beverage

Dan oversees the planning and operations of the Club’s dining and retail outlets. He was instrumental in setting up TAC2Go! and Bottles2Go!, the Club’s popular delivery service, and is continually working with his team to expand service offerings.

Dan also launched two programs for wine aficionados – UNCORKED, a club for fellow vinophiles to connect and learn more about wine, and the Club’s signature Virtual Wine Tasting sessions.

Dan is an accomplished chef and has more than 20 years of senior management experience in the hospitality industry. As a Food & Beverage Program specialist, Dan’s achievements include the regional expansion of Brewerkz Restaurants & Microbreweries and Bangalore-based Habanero Foods International.

Rachel Ang

Director of Membership & Marketing

Rachel oversees the Club’s Membership and  Marketing Communication functions. She was pivotal in creating a refreshed content strategy, resulting in an exponential growth in member engagement across all digital touchpoints. She also spearheaded the Club’s new website redevelopment project by modernizing its interface and ensuring seamless user interaction, in an effort to attract new Members and enhance existing Members’ online experience.

Rachel is a marketing champion with vast experience in advertising and brand management in Southeast Asia and China. In the span of her career, she has created integrated campaigns focused on customer acquisition, engagement and loyalty for major consumer brands and government agencies.

Eleen Yap

Assistant Director of Club Services

Eleen oversees the operation and growth of sên Spa, Youth and Bowling.  She played a pivotal role in the reopening of sên Spa in 2013, and the design and redevelopment of the spa in 2017. Eleen conceptualized the Signature Jade Radiance Facial, a highly sought-after service at the spa. She also helped to bring in robust retail offerings with hard-to-find brands in Singapore, making them accessible to Members.

In 2016, she won the Best Education Award by Aveda, a testament of her contributions in the world of wellness.

Eleen is a long-time hospitality professional who has worked in Singapore, Australia and Macau. She developed spa and leisure programs for brands like Swissôtel, Conrad, City of Dreams and Wynn.

Mark James

Assistant Director of Fitness & Leisure

Mark oversees the Fitness and Recreational operations and activities in the Club. He played a key role in bringing back golf socials and events in response to a growing community of avid golfers at the Club. With health and well-being becoming increasingly important, Mark and his team are working to expand the Club’s offerings beyond fitness and leisure to include more holistic wellness activities.

Mark is one of the most experienced Sport and Recreation professionals in the Singapore, with a career in Club management spanning 20 years across Singapore Cricket Club, The British Club, Singapore Swimming Club and The Tanglin Club.

Nerang Mohammad

Assistant Director of Facilities and Security

Nerang oversees the operation of Engineering, Housekeeping and Security in the Club. He leads the Green Team in the Sustainable Working Group, where his energy saving initiatives has helped the Club save significant amounts on utilities cost every month. Nerang also played an important role in the Club’s redevelopment project in ensuring compliance to building and safety standards.

Some of Nerang’s achievements include the setting up and commissioning of cleanrooms in Malaysia ranging from Class 10 to Class 1000 and a medical plant in Chai Chee, where he won an Exemplary Employee Award for his contributions.

Nerang is a certified Water Efficiency Manager and also a Senior Fire Safety Manager registered with the Singapore Civil Defence Force.

Partner Organizations

American Association of Singapore

generalmanager@aasingapore.com

Tel: +65 8030 6183

American Embassy

27 Napier Rd, Singapore 258508

Tel: +65 6476 9100

American Women's Association

15 Scotts Rd, #03-31, Singapore 228218

Tel: +65 6734 4895

Canadian Association of Singapore

One Raffles Quay, North Tower, Level 49, Singapore 048583

Tel: +65 6622 5485

SACAC Counselling

15 Scotts Rd, #09-04, Singapore 228218

Tel: +65 6733 9249

Singapore American School

40 Woodlands Street 41, Singapore 738547

Tel: +65 6363 3403

Stamford American International School

1 Woodleigh Lane, Singapore 357684

Tel: +65 6602 7247

Canadian International School

7 Jurong West Street 41, Singapore 649414

Tel: +65 6467 1732

Australian International School

1 Lor Chuan, Singapore 556818

Tel: +65 6883 5155

International Community School

27A Jubilee Rd, Singapore 128575

Tel: +65 6776 7435

XCL World Academy

2 Yishun Street 42, Singapore 768039

+65 6808 7321

ISS International School of Singapore

21 Preston Rd, Singapore 109355

Tel: +65 6475 4188

Overseas Family School

81 Pasir Ris Heights, Singapore 519292

Tel: +65 6738 0211

Dulwich College (Singapore)

71 Bukit Batok West Ave. 8, Singapore 658966

+65 6890 1000

The American Chamber of Commerce

1 Scotts Rd, #23-03/04/05 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208

Tel: +65 6597 5730

Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore

7 Jurong West Street 41, Singapore 649414

Tel: +65 6790 8632

Canadian High Commission

One George Street, #11-01, Singapore 049145

Tel: +65 6854 5900

Awards & Accolades

Top 100 Platinum City Clubs of the World 2022-2023

by PlatinumClubNet™

Certified a Great Place To Work 2022-2023

by Great Place To Work®

Human Capital Partner

by TAFEP

Tripartite Alliance Award 2018

by TAFEP

TAFEP Exemplary Employer Award 2016

by TAFEP

SG Clean Quality Mark

by NEA

Green Mark Certification

by BCA

Water Efficient Building (Basic) Certification

by PUB

BizSafe Level 3

by Workplace Safety and Health Council

BRONZE Winner for the Best Social Club 2022

by Expat Living

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