A stroll down memory lane
A celebration of 40 good years of service
There is a need for rest and recreation for members in the Public Service.
The pressures upon them
have increased tremendously with Singapore’s rapid economic growth and the
involvement in the economy.
- Mr Hon Sui Sen, the late Minister of Finance, at the inauguration of Civil
Service Club, April 1972
The Club of Choice for Public Officers
2011 marks our 40th anniversary and heralds a new beginning. Today, CSC has
come in sync with our members’ lifestyles, hobbies, and interests, and it is
where individuals and families can come together for fun and quality bonding
Forty Years Of History
With four decades of service, CSC has been playing an important role to
provide recreational and sporting activities for civil servants. In the
following pages, we take a nostalgic stroll down memory lane and look back
at the changing times and vibes of the Club over forty years.
Looking Forward Together
Tessensohn Clubhouse has recently been upgraded, and Changi Clubhouse is
also scheduled for renovation later this year. CSC faces challenging times
ahead, as revenue has been impacted by the Integrated Resorts’ opening as
well as rising operation costs. Despite this, we are always committed to our
mission to offer our members the best facilities and activities we can, and
we hope existing members will keep the faith and bring in more new members
1971: 25 October 1971 marked the founding of the Singapore Civil Service
Sports Council (SCSSC) at the Tanglin Clubhouse on Dempsey Road.
1972: Tanglin Clubhouse officially opened in April 1972.
1973: The inter-territorial games between Singapore and Malaysia were
inaugurated. Games were held twice a year on a home-and-away basis.
1974: Inter-territorial games included women for the first time, recognising
women’s growing involvement in sports.
1976: The Council took over the Portsdown Clubhouse in January.
1978: Launch of the Council’s first printed newsletter, replacing the former
cyclostyled version. The quarterly newsletter had news on social and sports
activities and upcoming events.
1980: Official opening of the renovated Portsdown Clubhouse, at a cost of
$750,000, by Finance Minister, Mr Hon Sui Sen.
1981: A new membership system was implemented, replacing the scheme of
voluntary contribution of fees. An affiliation scheme for sports
organisations was started.
1982: Portsdown Clubhouse was returned to the Ministry of Defence in June.
1983: Construction of the Tessensohn Clubhouse was started at a cost of
1985: The Social Interaction Programme (SIP) was launched to help single
officers in the civil service to come together through social activities.
1986: The completed Tessensohn Clubhouse was handed over to the SCSSC on 30
1990: Official opening of Tessensohn Clubhouse by President Wee Kim Wee on 9
1994: Soft opening of Changi Clubhouse by Mr Lee Ek Tieng, Club President on
1996: SCSSC participated in the launch of the Government Intranet System on
28 June by posting
webpages featuring the Clubhouses’ facilities and their social, sports and
SCSSC was renamed to Civil Service Club in October 1996.
1997: Membership rules were simplified and fees lowered to attract more
public officers to join. Spouses and children also enjoyed free membership.
1998: A new facility booking system was implemented to enable members to
book the Club’s facilities at its clubhouses. The annual Public Service
Sports Carnival was first held on 21 November.
1999: First club in Singapore to provide members with online booking and
payment services for social and sports activities. Internet homepage was
2000: Launch of online booking and payment services for clubhouse
facilities, as well as its e-bulletin, “Eye-Catcher”, on the government
intranet to internet subscribers. “Public Service Inter-Organisation
Games” (PSIG) was renamed to “Staff Team up for Active sports and
Recreation” Games (STAR Games).
CSC’s first bowling center, Planet Bowl, was officially opened at Tessensohn
Clubhouse on 27 October with special guests MediaCorp artiste Fann Wong and
CSC Vice-President Mr Tan Guong Ching.
2002: CSC’s biggest sporting event, the Public Service Sports Carnival, took
place on 26 October at Bishan Stadium. A&A works completed for badminton
hall at Tessensohn Clubhouse.
2003: With the opening of Farrer Park MRT Station along the North East Line,
CSC Tessensohn was named as a landmark by LTA due to its prominence in the
area. CSC assisted the Singapore Tourism Board and Economic Development
Board to quarantine foreign students, who arrived from SARS-hit countries,
in their chalets.
2005: PSD announced progressive withdrawal of funding on TOL from the Club.
CSC had to be self-sufficient henceforth.
2006: CSC returned its Dempsey Clubhouse to Singapore Land Authority. It
marked CSC’s 34th year at the Dempsey premises. The new Bukit Batok
Clubhouse opened on 1 March, with President SR Nathan officiating at the
2007: A&A works completed at Planet Bowl @ Tessensohn.
2008: Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Teo Ser Luck, officiated at the opening of
Climb Asia on 14 March.
2009: CSC upgraded its jackpot facilities at the 3 Clubhouses to provide a
modern and cosy environment for players.
2010: Tessensohn Clubhouse celebrated its 20th anniversary, with a treat to
members who have been with us for the last 20 years. CSC was the first Club
to host the Annual Dinner and Dance cum New Year Countdown at the new
Integrated Resort at Marina Bay Sands.
2011: To mark our 40th Anniversary, the Club has unveiled several
initiatives to further enhance membership value, such as making members’
parents eligible for supplementary cards.