Known as a country with beautiful people and excellent climate, Philippines is also known as one of the best golf destinations in Asia.
Club Intramuros Golf Club (photo courtesy of www.pinoygolfer.com)
The fist golf course in the Philippines was established in 1886 by British People from Manila Railway Company but the oldest existing Golf Course in the country is Sta. Barbara Golf Course in IloIlo – recognized by the National Historical Institute as the oldest existing golf course in the Philippines which was established in 1907.
Club Intramuros, Manila
Tel. No. (02) 527-2887/6612
The Club Intramuros golf course surrounds Fort Santiago in Intramuros Walled City. Its one of the best place where you can experience night golfing in Manila. The club was established in 1907 was one of the oldest golf destinations in the Philippines.
Baguio Country Club, Baguio City
Tel. No. (074) 442-5060/5069
It is one of the oldest and finest courses in the country. Even at par 61, this does not indicate an easy round due to its restrictive layout of tight fairways and rolling hills.
Camp John Hay in Baguio City
Tel. No. (074) 442-2101/2102
Smell the pines as you walk through the fairways of this par 69 all-weather course. Laid out about 5,000 ft. above the sea level, it was recently redesigned by the Nicklaus Group.
CANLUBANG GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB , LAGUNA
Tel. No. (049) 549-1362/1363
This 36-hole complex is the largest in the Philippines, masterfully designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The North course is a championship layout with a rating of 72.4 while the South course also features ravines, a bit of sand traps, and other challenges.
EASTRIDGE GOLF COURSE, BINANGONAN, RIZAL
Tel. No. (02) 651-2240/2298
Two man-made lagoons, one in the front nine spanning 1.3 hectares and the other at the back nine at 2.3 hectares, are the most distinct features of this 80-hectare 18-hole par 72 course.
FOREST HILLS GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB, ANTIPOLO, RIZAL
Tel. No. (02) 651-2240/2298
With a 74.7 course rating, this course characterized by rolling terrain at the front nine and a moderately hilly back nine, poses many possible difficulties for the average golfer.
LUISITA GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB, HACIENDA LUISITA, TARLAC
Tel. No. (02) 817-9309
This is one of the finest 18-hole par 72 championship courses in the country. Its most interesting feature is water. Eleven of its 18 holes have well-placed water hazards, the most awesome of which is at hole 17.
MIMOSA GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB, ANGELES CITY, PAMPANGA
Tel. No. (045) 599-2461/3333 loc. 2024/2025
Tiger Woods played in this 86-hectare rolling terrain set against the backdrop of mountain ranges. It is a championship course composed of three distinctive nines: Acacia, Lakeview, and Mountainview.
PUERTO AZUL, TERNATE, CAVITE
Tel. No. (02) 525-9248 loc.7643
Puerto Azul is a par 72 course that is one of the most scenic in the country, proud of its very famous combination of mountain and sea. Its signature hole is number 17, a par 3 hole delineated by one of the deepest water hazards in the Philippine Golf – the China Sea.
SHERWOOD HILLS , TRECE MARTIREZ, CAVITE
Tel. No. (046) 4192841/2855/2843
Sherwood Hills is another Jack Nicklaus signature course. It is an inland-links-type course with wide fairways and a good size of greens suitable for very relaxed and leisurely rounds of the game.
STA. ELENA GOLF CLUB, STA.ROSA, LAGUNA
Tel. No. (049) 549-1277/1278
Another Robert Trent Jones, Jr. creation is this 27-hole all-weather championship course. The 120 hectares of gently rolling terrain gave the designer the opportunity to create a number of memorable holes that wind their way through the natural movement of the property.
TAGAYTAY HIGHLANDS, TAGAYTAY CITY, CAVITE
Tel. No. (046) 413-0888
The Tagaytay Highlands is a par 71 championship course that will surely put a golfer’s power and accuracy to the test. The difference in elevation between the last and first holes of each nine is so dramatic that a cable car system is in place to ferry golfers from the 9th and 18th holes to the 1st and 10th tees.
THE ORCHARD, DASMARIÑAS, DASMARIÑAS, CAVITE
Tel. No. (02) 842-8344/8355
Venue of the 1995 Johnnie walker classic, The Orchard is composed of two 18-hole courses, one designed by Arnold Palmer, and the other by Gary Player.
THE RIVIERA, SILANG, CAVITE
Tel. No. (02) 807-7061/76 / (046) 414-2821/2838/2839
The Riviera is a very scenic course characterized by rolling hills, verdant foliage, coconut trees, cool springs, and waterfalls.
VALLEY GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB, ANTIPOLO CITY, RIZAL
Tel. No. (02) 658-4920
Rated at par 72, this 7,097-yard spread of exhilarating greens, rolling hills, and meandering brooks can make golfers use the majority of their clubs, the mark of a true championship course.
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WACK WACK GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB, MANDALUYONG CITY
Tel. No. (02) 723-066
Wack Wack has two fine 18-hole courses: the internationally known East Course, where some of the biggest tournaments have been held; and the shorter, less troublesome West Course, which usually draws the more senior and female golfers of the club.
ROYAL NORTHWOODS GOLF CLUB, SAN RAFAEL, BULACAN
Tel. No. (632) 4431656, (6344) 7660278
The Royal Northwoods Golf Club, named as a “Jewel of the North” is a Graham Marsh, first class 18-hole championship masterpiece, showcasing innovation, distinct form and personality. Challenging but fair, the Royal Northwoods’ architecture entails a balance of aesthetics and function.
THE EVERCREST, NASUGBU, BATANGAS
Tel. No. (02) 712-9293
The Evercrest is an Arnold Palmer designed course which has tight fairways blanketed with Tifton grass and guarded by steep hills and deep ravines to give golfers the thrill of playing a par 72 championships course.
THE MANILA SOUTHWOODS, CARMONA, CAVITE
Tel. No. (046) 430-0262
Venue of the World Amateur Golf Championship 1996, this course is composed of two 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature courses: the “Masters” course punctuated by traps and water hazards, and the “Legends” course accentuated by high mounds.