Owned by the Ayala Conglomerate and designed by Kevin Ramsey of Golf Plan (think Anvaya Cove), the public golf course at South Links leads the way in sustainability with its light playing area footprint of less than 20 hectares.
Fashioned by Robert Trent Jones Jr. in 1978, Calatagan Golf Club is set idyllically on the Calatagan headland at the mouth of Pagapas Bay in Batangas. Once a private club, Calatagan is now open to the public.
Mimosa Golf and Country Club could easily have been named Phoenix as it quite literally rose from the ashes that fell from Mount Pinatubo in 1991.
Tropical rainforest, a crocodile lagoon, bird sanctuary, Mount Talamo, a banana plantation and the Davao River are part of the landscape at Rancho Palos Verdes Golf & Country Club, which is another Andy Dye design from his burgeoning Filipino portfolio.
Greg Norman’s layout was the fourth and latest (2003) to open at the 72-hole Eagle Ridge Golf & Country Club – at one time Eagle Ridge had six courses planned.
Designed by James Martell Jr., a former student of RTJII, the course at Eastridge Golf Club is an early 1990s creation that’s routed over the undulating foothills of the longest mountain range in the Philippines, the Sierra Madre.
There are two golf courses laid out within the extensive residential and recreational complex at Tagaytay, Midlands and Highlands, each with its own clubhouse and membership.
If you’re seeking exciting golf with altitude then put Camp John Hay on your list immediately. Refashioned by Nicklaus Design in 1999 and set at 5,000 feet above sea level, it may only measure a modest 5,000 yards, but it’s pure pleasure.
Valley Golf & Country Club was founded in 1958 and the South course opened for play in 1961, following a James Herd Scott design. Host to the Philippine Open, most recently in 2010, the South is one of the best courses in the Antipolo area.
The November 2016 exhibition match between Jason Day and Rory McIlroy to mark the opening of the Mike Singgaran-designed Pradera Verde Golf & Country Club did not happen, but there’s no doubt this championship layout is set to make a big impact.