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Top 20 Golf Courses of The Philippines 2015

26 January, 2015
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Top 20 Golf Courses of The Philippines 2015

A new number one heads up our extended rankings for the Philippines

Since 2009, when we first featured a Top 10 for The Philippines, the Makiling & Banashaw nines at St. Elena have formed the undisputed best 18-hole course in the country. Until now, that is, as this stellar layout has just been displaced at the top of the national rankings by the Tom Weiskopf-designed Country Club Philippines, which moves up four places to take over the number one position.

A very private club, which the national golf teams use as a training facility, The Country Club is no stranger to big golf events, having hosting many local and regional competitions down the years. It also held the men’s and women’s international golf tournament at the Southeast Asian Games in 2005, with the Filipino team winning the gold medal and the Filipina team claiming silver.

The highest new entry in our chart arrives at number 8 and it’s the wonderful new course at Anvaya Cove, which is situated on the west side of the Bataan peninsula, close to the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Focal point of an ambitious residential development, the course is a Golfplan design that had Kevin Ramsey as its lead architect. Golfplan has been active in Southeast Asia for many years now but this is the company’s first project in the Philippines.

The next newcomer to the Top 20 appears at number 11 and it’s the Andy Dye course at Eagle Ridge, one of four 18-hole courses at an impressive golf complex to make their mark on our listings. Andy, nephew of Pete Dye, is well known for pushing the design boundaries and this rather controversial 1998 creation is no exception. Dramatic and challenging in equal measure, it’s a course that divides opinion like no other in the country.

At position 12, Pueblo de Oro is the next new entry in the Philippines listings. A Robert Trent Jones Jnr championship standard golf course that made its debut in the late 1990s, the layout is located in Mindaneo, the southernmost major island in the country, where it’s the main sporting attraction within the master planned Pueblo de Oro Township.

A little further down the chart, the Isao Aoki and Greg Norman layouts at Eagle Ridge also break into our new Top 20 at number 17 and 20, respectively. Stablemates of the Nick Faldo and Andy Dye courses at Eagle Ridge, these tracks were the last two 18-hole layouts to be unveiled at an exciting golf and country club complex that offers its members a wide range of sporting activities.

Rank Course Move
1 Country Club - Philippines Up 4
2 Sta. Elena (Makiling & Banahaw) Down 1
3 Sherwood Hills No Change
4 Manila Southwoods (Legends) No Change
5 Manila Southwoods (Masters) Down 3
6 Eagle Ridge (Faldo) Up 6
7 Orchard (Palmer) No Change
8 Anvaya Cove NEW
9 Riviera (Bernhard Langer) Up 6
10 Mount Malarayat Down 2
11 Eagle Ridge (Andy Dye) NEW
12 Pueblo de Oro NEW
13 Manila Down 3
14 Luisita Down 5
15 Canlubang (North) Down 9
16 Mimosa (Mountain View) Down 3
17 Eagle Ridge (Isao Aoki) NEW
18 Wack-Wack (East) Down 7
19 Tagaytay (Highlands) Down 5
20 Eagle Ridge (Greg Norman) NEW

To view the complete detailed list of the Top 20 Golf Courses in The Philippines click the link.

Jim McCann
Editor
Top 100 Golf Courses

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