Golf Courses in Manila Area, Philippine
Course-by-Course Introduction to Golf in-&-around Manila including
Clark, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Bulacan, Rizal, Pampanga & More!
Wack Wack Golf & Country Club
The Wack Wack is one which has a long string of foreign golf clubs with which it has reciprocal arrangements; Anyang Benest Golf Club of South Korea, Zhong Shan Hot Springs Golf Club of China, Honolulu Country Club of Hawaii, The Club 300 of Japan, the Royal Selangor Golf Club of Malaysia, just to name a few. But not necessarily for this reason alone that the club is well-known internationally. Located in Metro Manila, it comprises two 18-hole courses, the East and the West. Of the two, the former appears the more prominent and contributes much to the club’s image elsewhere amongst the world’s famous. In 1977 the World Cup of Golf was hosted here. The main feature of the East Course is its vast layout in which water holes, undulating and small greens and long fairways make up the main obstacles. Measuring 7,053 yards, this Par-72 course has only two Par-5s and two Par-3s. And of these, the Par-3 168-yard Hole#8 is fondly or otherwise referred to, even by seasoned players, as the ‘do or die’ hole for its ballpoint-shaped small green around which hungry sand bunkers impatiently await roll-offs.
At Par-70, the West Course measures only 6,540 yards long. It is the friendlier of the two and well-liked by the senior players and those of the fairer sex. Of particular interest on this course are the abundant fishes in the ponds and exotic birds and animals in the mini jungles dotted along the fairways. For this reason perhaps, fun events like sponsored tournaments are usually held here.
Manila Golf and Country Club
Finding something familiar with these?
‘It is one of the oldest golf courses around(read: was already around at the turn of the 20th. Century).’
‘It recently (read: the last twenty years or so)underwent a facelift (read: thanks to rapid economic boom during period).’
‘It is usually short by today’s standards (read: was much longer before but was somehow convinced to cut and donate land area when most in the country have yet had a chance to see a real golf ball).’
‘It is usually found somewhere within the city sprawl and surrounded by houses and buildings.’
‘It smells strong of colonialism re-packaged by local elites.’
‘Not many remember who the course designer was.’
If you find these traits in any of the golf clubs in Southeast Asia, it is likely to be one of the following:
– The RSGC of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
– The Rawamangun of Jakarta, Indonesia
– The Dalat Palace Golf club of Vietnam and
– The Royal Cambodia Golf Club of Phnom Penh, Cambodia
And, the Manila Golf & Country Club is no exception. Established in 1901 and situated in Forbes Park, “..it is only a 5-minute drive away..” from Manila’s central business district of Makati, according to some drivers. Much has also been mentioned already about the history of this club in our Philippine’s main page. This 18-hole 6,325-yard course has recently re-turfed its greens with Zoysia japonica grass and had many more trees planted to line the fairways. Some holes have also been moved and reconstructed following the re-contouring of the course’s layout. In all, the renovation has uplifted the standard of this course and making it a testy and challenging venue for any kind of tournament. Some believe, it is already ‘one of the finest in Asia’.
The Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club of Cavite
Venue for the World Amateur Golf Championship in 1996, The Philippine Opens of 1994-1996 as well as 1999 and the Casino Filipino Open in 1999, Manila Southwoods is made up of two 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed courses. “The Master”, which measures 7,225 yards long for a Par-72 is punctuated by traps and water hazards. At least 15 holes are water guarded. Strength and finesse are keys to a good score here. Touring pros of the Asian Tour voted it “Venue of the Year” for 1999 and 2000. “The Legends”, which is a Par-72 7,093-yard course accentuated by high mounds, is a more forgiving one. It is also a good ground for low handicappers to have a go at a ‘confidence-boosting’ low score. Both courses have large greens and wide fairways.Amongst the many accolades these courses have been awarded are:
– Best Golf Club in the Philippines – 2001/1999 by Golf Digest (USA)
– International Award for Environmental Stewardship, 1999 by Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
– Best 500 Holes in the World (Masters’ Par-4 429-yard Hole#10) by Golf Magazine 1999 (USA)
– Best Course in the Philippines (The Masters Course) 2001/2000 by Asian Golf Monthly
Eagle Ridge Golf & Country Club of Cavite
With four 18-hole Championship courses designed individually by four famous names in golf this has to be ‘the course’ of the Philippines and it sure is the largest golfing ground around. Because of its diversity: Isao Aoki Course (6,473-yard), Andy Dye Course (7,255-yard), Nick Faldo Course (7,343-yard) and Greg Norman Course (7,007-yard), there’s always something to suit every type of play. Little wonder that it is currently the most popular golf venue in the country. Otherwise comparable in some way to Shenzhen’s Mission Hills’ golf complex, it is also a sanctuary for indigenous flora and fauna.