I have played the East Course more times than I can remember. It is a very challenging track, tree-lined with several long par 4s and only two par 5s. At over 7200 yards with a course rating of 75.2 from the tips, shooting your handicap is a gift from the golfing gods.
It has gone through a couple of minor renovations, but still remains true to its roots as an old school Philippine course. The grass used in the fairways is that of a native broad-leafed variety, much different from what we see in America and Europe. The grain is a big factor here, and not only on the greens but also the fairways.
Greens are elevated, upturned saucer-like and relatively small, but hold shots from the fairway well. Miss them though and you are looking at a 30-40 yard uphill pitch. The course plays pretty straightforward and there are almost no blind shots. Terrain is gently rolling, with mature landscaping and trees.
It isn't the prettiest of tracks, but will be sure to reward good shots and punish bad ones. Play here if you want a fair test of your golf game.
An Excellent course in my humble opinion and a must play (member sponsored) in the Philippines.
Date: April 24, 2016