Golf isn’t exactly a sport one associates with the Philippines. The country has over 7,000 islands and fewer than 100 registered courses in the country. Nonetheless, visiting golfers will be pleased to know that there is more than enough award winning courses within the country worth playing. Whether you’re staying in Manila or traveling to various islands nearby, here are recommendations for the top Philippines golf courses.
Top Philippines Golf Courses
Camp John Hay, Baguio, Luzon
Playing here at Camp John Hay is no joke. Not only is the course 5,000 feet above sea level, it’s also a designed by Jack Nicklaus’ Golden Bear International. This par 69, 5,000-yard course sits in an old U.S. Air Force Base in the northern city of Baguio on Luzon. The course challenges with rolling hills and plenty of water hazards. Fairways are also narrow and lined with tall pine trees. Green fees begin at $50.
Santa Elena Golf and Country Estate, Laguna
One of the top golf courses in the Philippines can be found in the city of Santa Rosa, in the province of Laguna. Located just outside of Manila, the Santa Elena Golf and Country Estate is a favorite among golfers in the country. The members-only course features a tropical ambiance filled with lush green trees and finely cut grass. The course designed by Trent Jones features 27 holes and was featured in Golf Digest magazine’s top 100 courses outside the United States.
Wack Wack Golf and Country Club, Manila
You’re probably wondering what’s with the name Wack Wack. Legend says that it was derived from the sound crows made while flying away from the trees that lined the fairways. There are two 18-hole courses at Wack Wack: the East and the West Course. The former is the more difficult of the two and hosted premiere competitions in Asia including the Philippine Open. Considered by many professionals as one of the top Philippines golf courses, playing at Wack Wack also comes with a hefty price tag. The $100 green fee is one of the most expensive in the country.
Alta Vista Golf and Country Club, Cebu
If you want to challenge yourself, head south to the island of Cebu where you will find the Alta Vista Golf and Country Club. This Gary Player-designed course sits on a mountainous terrain. That means sloping fairways on almost every hole. In addition to the rolling hills, fairways are also narrow, allowing the player with very little room for errors. Despite these challenging conditions, Alta Vista Golf and Country Club qualifies as one of the top Philippines golf courses because of its scenic views. On a clear day, you’ll get great views of the Cebu and the neighboring islands of Mactan and Bohol.
Club Intramuros, Manila
This short but very challenging course will test even the best of golfers. Water hazards, narrow fairways and lots and lots of sand are enough to test even the most skilled of golfers. Club Intramuros is a public course located near the historic city of Intramuros. Take in a round or two during your stay in Manila and enjoy playing one of the top Philippines golf courses for a mere $29 per round.