Tagaytay Highlands GC is a very hilly resort course with severe elevations changes. Located 700 meters (2300 ft) above sea level, it is cooler than courses around Manila. The courses can be quite fun with some unusual courses and lots of elevation changes. Although the overall distance is short, many holes are narrow, and five man-made ponds, some bunkers, numerous valleys & hills will come into play. So accuracy, not distance, is the key to success at Tagaytay Highlands.
After playing good par-4 1st and par 3 2nd, par-4 3rd and par 5 4th are stunning downhillers. The two holes drops as much as 120 meters (400 ft). The remaining 5 holes in the front nine are fairly straightforward. The back 9 also has a lot of ups and downs and features two tough back-to-back par-5s, Fourteenth & Fifteenth. The routing is not that great as there are too many downhill holes, the difference in elevation between last and first holes of each nine is so huge, a gondola cable car lift will ferry players from 9th green to 10th tee. When the cable car is out of order, a big bus is a substitute.
The Par 3 197-yard 2nd is built on a narrow ridge with valleys on the left and right. The green has drop-offs on both sides and an errant shot has a possibility of rolling down to the valley beyond. Hiding in the forest in front, you can't see the left side of the green off the tee sloping from back to front. The actual distance is much longer because of the uphill. The par 5 533-yard 4th is a slight dogleg with the very demanding tee shot. The green drops nearly 100 meters from the teeing ground where the fairway looks very narrow with the hazards both sides. In fact, the landing area off the tee is tight and the tee shot has an option anything from a driver to a seven iron. With the long & accurate tee shot, you can hit the green in two shots probably with an iron. When you decide to lay up, the landing area is tight as with trees and bushes on both sides. The green is wide and protected by two bunkers in the front. Tagaytay Highlands is not the course you would want to play every day, but sometimes you would like to play this hilly course to enjoy 360-degree panoramic views including Lake Taal in the cool air. To read more about the course at Tagaytay Highlands GC, click here to visit my website.
Date: February 02, 2021