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​Top 30 Golf Courses of the Philippines 2017

29 January, 2017

Top 30 Golf Courses of the Philippines 2017

We extend our Filipino rankings by 50% to produce a new Top 30

This is the fourth revision of a national ranking chart that we established with only a dozen courses eight years ago. Last time around, there was something of a surprise when we announced the course at The Country Club Philippines as our new number 1.

Site of this year's Philippine Open and host venue of the men’s and women’s international golf tournament for the Southeast Asian games in 2005, The Country Club has now slipped one position to number 2, replaced at the summit by Sta. Elena Golf & Country Club, where the Makiling and Banahaw nines form the premier 18-hole layout at a fabulous 27-hole facility.

This Robert Trent Jones Jnr-designed track headed three previous editions of our Filipino listings so, by recapturing the top spot, it could be said that the natural golfing order in the country has now been restored.

Several courses make small upward moves in the new chart and are worthy of further scrutiny.

The Masters course at Manila Southwoods (up 1 to number 4) was chosen to host a few prestigious events during the 1990s – including four Philippine Open tournaments and the men’s world amateur Eisenhower Trophy – so its pedigree as an uncompromisingly tough tournament track is certainly not in doubt.

The Palmer course at the 36-hole Orchard Golf & Country Club (up two to number 5) was described by one recent reviewer as a layout that offers “plenty of risk-reward” even though “it isn’t overly punishing” whilst another reviewer described the Langer course at Riviera Golf Club (up three to number 6) as “one of the most challenging courses in the Philippines” which is “definitely not for beginners”.

Our biggest climber is the East course at Wack Wack Golf & Country Club (up five to number 8), venue for the golfing World Cup tournament in 1977 when the home pairing of Ben Arda and Rudy Lavares were edged into second place by Spain’s Seve Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido. The course has also hosted more than half the Philippine Opens that have been staged since 1960 so it’s been a credible test for more than half a century now.

The highest new entry in our standings is the South course at Canlubang Golf Club at number 14. The slightly shorter and more undulating track at a 36-hole facility designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr in the late 1970s, the fairways of the South course are laid out within an expansive property that was once a coconut and sugar plantation.


To view our latest Philippines Top 30 in detail, click the link. We like to know what you think of our revised national charts so why not get in touch via the “respond to this article” link at the top or bottom of this page if you have any strong opinions about our new Filipino rankings? We’d also like to publish more reviews for these courses so if you’ve played any of them we’d be really happy to have you post a few lines to tell us about your playing experience.

Jim McCann
Top 100 Golf Courses


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