The Andy Dye course is one of four contrasting 18-hole layouts at an extensive sports complex where indoor bowling, basketball, swimming and tennis are all on offer to the members. It’s stating the obvious by proclaiming the 72-hole Eagle Ridge Golf & Country Club facility to be the most comprehensive in the Philippines.
Andy Dye, nephew of Pete Dye, designed this course in a bold and rather confrontational fashion and it opened for play in 1998. “In your face” designs generally split opinions, but most would agree that this course is challenging and at times dramatic. Kimi, our Southern Asia correspondent, comments as follows:
“Without a doubt, it is the most controversial layout at Eagle Ridge. It is a long course of more than 7,300 yards and full of challenges. Golfers simply love it or hate it. You’ll need not only accuracy and distance, but also full knowledge of the layout and proper course management to shoot a low score. All par fours and fives are distinct and it’s fun to attack them. Most greens are narrow, with one or both sides being protected by water, hazards or ravines, so pinpoint accuracy is needed on approach shots. Fairway undulations make flat lies unlikely and the slopes on the relatively small greens make two-putt pars difficult.
I have played more than ten Pete & Andy Dye designed courses in Asia and this course is by far the most difficult. I have heard that Andy Dye daringly designed it to provide Frankie Minoza, the most famous player in the Philippines, with tough, challenging practice rounds. It is also the practice course for the Filipino amateur national team.” To read more about the Andy Dye course at Eagle Ridge Golf & Country Club in more detail, click here to visit Kimi’s website, or scroll down the page to read his course review in more detail.
The par 5 574-yard 3rd is difficult with a dogleg to the right followed by one to the left. A creek on the right and a bunker on the left, 250 yards from the tee, come into play off the tee. Two bunkers on the left of the fairway make the landing area on the second shot very narrow. The green is small and heavily contoured with a ridge from top to bottom.
The par 3 181-yard 8th is a superb hole over a ravine. The front & right sides of the green border the deep ravine. There is a deep bunker guarding the right side of the green. You need to hit the green in regulation to make par. The par 4 432-yard 16th is a dogleg to the right where a ravine runs along the right side of the fairway and then crosses in front of the green. There’s not only the ravine in front of the green but also a bunker guarding the front left of the green that comes into play on the second shot. The green is deep with a distinct ridge in the center, so make sure you use enough club if the pin is at the back. To read more about the Andy Dye Course at Eagle Ridge Golf & Country Club, click here to visit my website.