Tagaytay Midlands is one of two mid-1990s courses laid out at Tagaytay by the late American architect Richard Bigler. Such is the extreme terrain, there’s a funicular transport system linking the two separate Midlands and Highlands clubhouses.
Tagaytay Midlands GC is a highland resort course that is laid out on gentle terrains and rolling hills at the foot of the mountain, offering a spectacular view of Taal Lake. Located 460 meters (1,500 ft) above sea level at the foot of the mountain overlooking Taal Lake, it is cooler than the courses around Manila. In 2013, the 9-hole Lucky Course that is narrower with severe ups and downs was added, and the club now boosts a 27-hole golf course. To develop the course, more than 2 million plants of different plant of different varieties and 37,000 trees are planted to form a beautiful landscape within the course. Although three are only 30 bunkers in total, but many dogleg holes, the natural changes of elevation, some forced carries over valleys, and a couple of water hazards will help the course fun to play. Since the fairways are generous and there are few OB zones, you can hit each shot without big pressure, and expect a good score. The grain of the greens is strong always away from the mountain to Taal Lake 300 meters below the course, and downhill putts with the grain are very fast. Many greens are framed by the distant, majestic Mt. Makiling as the backdrop. The course maintenance is good.
The par 4 463-yard 4th is a signature hole and a sharp dogleg to the left. A lake runs from the tee to the green on this demanding par four. On the tee shot, if you play away too safely from the water on the left and hit too much on the right side, it will be difficult to hit the green in regulation. The approach shot is over the lake. The green is long and sharply slopes to the left, with two bunkers at the back. Another demanding long par 4, the 460-yard 15th, is excellent. The tee shot is over a valley with a valley along the right side. Taking on the dogleg can cut the length in full sight of all the risks for such a play. The green, sharply sloping from back to font, is surrounded by trees and bushes and is guarded by a bunker on the right front. To read more about the course at Tagaytay Midlands GC, click here to visit my website.