The second iteration of the ultra-exclusive Country Club has officially made it the longest course in the country. Playing 7,650 yards from the champion tees, this beast was commissioned in order to host the 2017 Philippine Open and maybe a future PGA event. It is by far the hardest course I have ever played from the tips.
The wind here blows hard, links level despite being quite a way from the nearest sea. The greens are typically large, elevated, hard as rock, and putt fairly level. Fairways are wide, rolling and cut tight, and the bunkering is extensive both around the fairways and greens. It is not the prettiest course in town with a few views of the nearby industrial area and residential housing, but there are some scenic holes that would want to make you bring out your camera.
For me the best thing about the Country Club is its exclusivity. If you can get on, you will have a very good chance of having the course and maybe even the entire clubhouse all to yourself. The weekday average is 3-4 groups per day and less than 8 groups per day for the weekends.
Green fees are 3k for weekdays and 5k for the weekend. Caddies mandatory, as are with most courses in the Philippines. Playing with a member is the only way for non-members get on.
Date: January 25, 2017