Situated on the west coast of the Bataan peninsula, a twenty-minute drive to the south of Subic Bay Freeport Zone, the Anvaya Cove Golf & Sports Club is an upscale residential development from Ayala Land Premier, one of the largest real estate companies in the Philippines.
Kevin Ramsey of Golfplan designed the seaside course which anchors the project, setting out two distinct 9-hole circuits, named “Mountain” and “Seaside”. The front nine holes lie more inland, routed around sizeable pockets of housing, followed by a more open back nine that heads down towards the beach before returning to the clubhouse.
Holes 11 through 13 form Anvaya Cove’s stunning coastline version of “Amen Corner,” with a driveable par four that looks out across Subic Bay, a par four which then plays downhill towards the beach, and a cliff top par three where the green falls off on three sides down to the ocean.
Architect Ramsey commented: "Truly great golf courses can exist in a single environment, but I prefer those that play through a diversity of environments. The terrain here allowed us to create an uninterrupted string of really strong golf holes that never repeat themselves, and never fail to elicit a strong emotional response."
"From the tips, it's long and tough enough to challenge tour pros, which is something the client specifically requested but it's very playable track from the multiple forward tees we created," Ramsey added. "At 470 hectares, this is an enormous property. We were given the latitude to provide these golf holes the width they needed".
The course at the Anvaya Cove Golf & Sports Club runs directly beside the West Philippine Sea, on bluffs looking straight down on the beach, and along ridges with long views across Subic Bay. The front 9 is a heavily sloping course that runs alongside a mountaintop ridge. On the other hand its back 9 is a relatively flat course that runs by the nearby seaside. The front 9 loops around while the back 9 loops inside and alongside the coastline. The spectacular view of the Subic Bay and the surrounding mountain landscape is nothing less than astonishing. Every hole is a challenge in itself as the course is filled with strategically placed bunkers, water hazards, cliffs, and forests. In addition, the well maintained greens and fairways make this course quite an enjoyable one to play too.
The par 5 598-yard 9th is a straight par five that consists of a downhill tee shot. The landing area of the fairway is narrow due to the bushes that engulf both the left and right side of the hole. Players will have to cross a creek and avoid the pond that extends to the left on their second shot. The pond itself surrounds the entire left side and parts of the front side of the green. Furthermore, there are several deep bunkers that are arranged to the green’s right side that may also serve as an obstacle. The par 4 332-yard 11th is a reachable four with a slight left dogleg bend. Players will be able to enjoy the superb view of the sea in the far distance. It is also important that players avoid the fairly large fairway bunker that is placed at around 250 yards from the teeing ground. Long hitters can potentially hit the green in one thanks to the short distance and the downhill fairway. There are bunkers that guard the left and right sides of the green.
The 16th 203-yard is a downhill par three that faces directly towards the sea. Several bunkers guard both the left and right side of the green. In addition, there is a sizable bush that is placed on the green’s left side. To read more about Anvaya Cove, click here to visit my website.
Anvaya is hands down the most beautiful and scenic course in the Philippines. A massive statement to make, but you'll understand once you're there. I would go as far as saying it is the Pebble Beach of the country.
The course runs along the beach and up the surrounding hills with the most magnificent views of the West Philippine Sea especially along a stretch of the back nine. Terrain is semi-mountainous with a lot of elevation changes and uneven lies. Despite being a resort course, this is not a pushover. Mature trees line the fairways and large ravines are present in several holes. Wind can get pretty gusty in the afternoon.
Buggies are mandatory as well as caddies. You have to be sponsored by a member to get on. A must play if you can when in the Philippines.