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Introduction to a Philippines Golf Vacation


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Many of us have experienced Asian golf course especially in Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and even Cambodia, however Philippines has remained mainly off the radar for many so far.

 

The country is made up of over 7,000 islands but the main three regions are called Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. 

Of course, there are other course on the other island, however we have listed what we think are the two most popular destinations best regions being Manila and Clark, in Luzon.

 

A Long History for Golf Here

 

Golf seems to be very popular in the country, and it all started quite a long time ago – apparently supposedly brought over by the British men who worked for the Manila Railway Company, similar to the Scottish railroad workers in Thailand

Apparently with ample time on their hands and a surplus of caddies available to haul one’s clubs and the occasional beer, the Brits built a 3-hole course somewhere in the paddy fields around Intramuros, now in the centre of the capital city. 

 

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Interamuros GC in the city of Manila

 

The sport became popular enough that by 1901, a 9-hole course was built next to the railway station in Caloocan. 

Now there are in fact around 111 Golf Courses in the Philippines, many around Manila and spread out throughout 5,000 of those islands.

 

The country’s main golfing areas popular with golf tourists are Manila, plus Clark/Angeles City, which is about two hours’ drive north from the country’s main international airport. Some limited flights also arrive at Clark Airport.

 

What are the Courses Like?

 

Golfers, especially those new to the country, are always impressed with the course standards,

If you like your courses with lush greens with incredible vistas, then the Philippines is your tropical paradise, with the combination of the balmy tropical weather and unique views that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

 

You will find several different types of golf courses offering every challenge in this region. You can experience courses offering mountain to beach layouts with scenic views of beautiful valley’s, skylines, coastlines even in extinct volcanoes. 

 

In 2019 apparently 1.5 percent of the 7.1 million tourists who flocked to the country came for recreational or competitive golf. So, the courses are not too busy especially during the weekdays.

 

Add to this beautiful white sandy beaches, first class hotels, wonderful cuisine, and great shopping, and taking a golf vacation in the Philippines should be added to your holiday list.

 

The Region. 

Luzon is the largest island in the Philippines and is also the economic and political center of the Philippines, and home to the nation’s capital the City of Manila.

 

The economic capital of Luzon is Metro Manila. Several major companies are based in a number of business districts in Makati, Ortigas Center, and Bonifacio Global City, while the rural sector can be found majority of it in the rest of Luzon. 

 

Luzon is a combination of towering mountains, extinct and active volcanoes, lush, verdant farmlands, and natural sea harbors. It is one of the leading growth regions in the Philippines, strategically located at the heart of Asia. 

 

Central Luzon is described as a flat terrain and vast plains. This part of Luzon is the major producer of rice in the country and is called as the rice granary of the Philippines. It is also home to Manila their capital.

 

Luzon’s main golfing areas are Manila, plus Clark/Angeles City, which is about two hours’ drive north from the country’s main international airport. Some limited flights also arrive at Clark Airport.

 

Weather wise the ideal time to check out this area especially if you plan to take in some golf would be from January until April and November and December, when you will have a warm or hot temperature and limited mediocre rainfall.

 

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Clark Sunvalley GC

 

We welcome your own reviews and opinions plus photos about a course you have recently played. Just add your comments next to the courses directory entry. If you feel we have missed a particular course that would appeal to golf vacationers do send us an email to [email protected] 

 

We will be adding courses in other regions shortly.

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Manila

Manila is the capital city of the Philippines, located in South East Asia.

 

Over 7,000 islands make up the country with the largest being Luzon, home Manila. 

 

Thanks to the popularity of the locals along, and with golf vacationers, the country has a fantastic selection of golf courses, especially around Manila.

 

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Faldo Course at Eagle Ridge

 

The Philippines are most popular during the dry season, between November and April. Temperatures are high during March and April, so it is best to travel during the cooler months of December to February.

 

Situated on Luzon Island, Manila is a mix of modern skyscrapers and Spanish colonial architecture.  The main airport and entry point to the Philippines is Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

 

The nightlife is varied from great bars and clubs, to casinos and theatres, some showing Broadway shows.

 

There are actually over 70 golf clubs in this region, and we have included in our directory what we think are the top courses near the city.

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Intramuros the oldest GC in Manila

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Clark & Angeles City and Region

Angeles City is roughly just over a two-hour drive north from Manila’s International Airport, depending on the time of day.

 

Well known for its Clark airport base built for the US in the 60’s, and with one of the longest runways in Asia, it is still in use nowadays, however with limited flights.

 

Weather wise the ideal time to check out Angeles City especially if you plan to take in some golf would be from January until April and November and December, when you will have a warm or hot temperature and limited mediocre rainfall.

 

The highest average temperature in Angeles City is 33°C in April and the lowest is 29°C in January. The weather and climate of Angeles City is suitable for a sun holiday.

 

City Has Grown

 

Angeles is where most people stay, as it started out as a town for the service men to enjoy R & R and the nightlife. Over the years it has grown, and has now sprung up as an exciting city with a large number of excellent hotels, shopping malls and restaurants.

 

Nightlife is still very popular; however, another attraction now is the large number of excellent golf courses all within a short drive.

 

We have listed the courses that we think are the best of the bunch. Most offer an exciting day out, playing in some spectacular locations.

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Anvaya Cove Golf Club, Morong Bataan

 

The majority are just a short drive from Angeles, however we have added a couple of gems that are a bit further away West towards the coast as well.

 

Enjoy your time in Angeles. Clark Sunvalley.

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21 years since I last played golf in the Philippines. Played about 8 of the courses mentioned plus others on some of the islands including here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iloilo_Golf_and_Country_Club - which I was told then was known as the first course in Thailand.........

 

My memory is of playing with members and it was still not cheap. @Thaivisa Golf an idea of prices for some of the courses would have been helpful for those considering it. Can you even get a booking at Manila Country Club if not a member?

 

Decent accommodation in Manila/Makati used to be relatively expensive compared with Thailand - has this changed?

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On 5/4/2021 at 3:15 PM, topt said:

21 years since I last played golf in the Philippines. Played about 8 of the courses mentioned plus others on some of the islands including here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iloilo_Golf_and_Country_Club - which I was told then was known as the first course in Thailand.........

 

My memory is of playing with members and it was still not cheap. @Thaivisa Golf an idea of prices for some of the courses would have been helpful for those considering it. Can you even get a booking at Manila Country Club if not a member?

 

Decent accommodation in Manila/Makati used to be relatively expensive compared with Thailand - has this changed?

Prices change all the time so it is best to contact the courses direct. When I last played some course up at Clark region the prices for most were compareable to Thailand, whereas I am sure some of the exclusive member clubs will be priced similar to say the Siam Country Club rates in Pattaya.

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We have not added individual club rates as they tend to change depending on the season. Suggest you contact the course direct be clicking on the website address which we have in most cases added to their directory entry. Fell free to add a comment on any course too.

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