The Philippines hosts many of Asia's finest courses. Having been designed by some of the world’s best golfers, such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Robert Trent Jones, Jr., among others, our courses offer a wide variety of challenges and excitement for the golfing aficionado, from the enthusiastic beginner to the more experienced one.
Tee off and experience the beautiful settings of the Philippines’ unique golfing enclaves, from lush valleys and mountaintops, seaside resorts or just within the cityscapes.
Canlubang Golf & Country Club
The 36-hole complex designed by Robert Trent, Jr. is the largest in the Philippines with undulating wide coconut tree-lined fairways laced with man-made lakes. There are par-3 holes crossing ravines. The North and South Courses are the best in the country. A common challenge of the two courses is the occasional wind.
Calatagan Golf & Country Club
Built in 1978 by Robert Trent Jones Jr., this par-71 layout on 64 hectares is situated on the headlands overlooking a beautiful bay. The golf course affords magnificent vistas. The course is laid out on rolling terrain which is perfectly contoured for dramatic golf shots. The fairways and the greens are designed between and across the rolls and folds of the land creating a variety of challenges. There are many bunkers and sloping greens planted with Tifton grass. The course is dotted by sparkling lakes and an abundance of indigenous and exotic trees.
Club Intramuros Golf Course
Club Intramuros is only par-60 layout, but it can be a real test of your short game with either water, out-of-bounds, or both on nearly every hole. A big plus for Intramuros is that it can easily be played in just two hours, making it ideal for that early morning or late afternoon game.
Construction of the course started in 1907. This course is part and parcel of the bright history of the game in the country. It is one of the oldest today. Its principal challenge lies in no less than water holes, mostly short but testy nonetheless, because it demands precision to play them. Good greens that bite.
Aguinaldo is relatively short, flat but a "tight" course that requires precision golf from the first drive to the final putt. There are big lakes, forced dogleg and big greens on this par-68 course. The front nine is longer with a par-36 while the back nine is a par-32. Windy during the months of March up to July, others are calm and hot during summer time.
Philippine Army Golf Club (formerly Kagitingan)
It is a 9-hole course with different tee boxes for the second nine. It also has lights but they are not kept on every night. The course is short but the holes have big ponds and hazards forcing golfers to lay up. However, for a beginner, this is good because few beginners can hit drivers or three woods far enough to reach the green. Still, the course, overall is friendly and easy to walk and if the lights are on, you can play after work. There is not much traffic on the course so you will always see lots of beginners practicing on weekdays
Philippine Navy Golf Club
The Philippine Navy is one of the popular venues in the Metro Manila area in view of its location inside the military base of Fort Bonifacio and its accessibility. When nearby Villamor and Fort Bonifacio is tight, the Philippine Navy course is the happy fall-back position for golfers wishing for a comfortably easy round. However, its par 69 layout becomes a fair challenge due to its rolling terrain. Added to this, being short, some of the holes are compulsory and mandated dog-legs, punishing errant shots under strict local rules.
Summit Point Golf & Country Club
Summit Point's breathtaking layout is made possible by the expert use of state-of-the-art computer technology and aerial photography by its designer, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., to bring you the ultimate golfing experience. The use of advance engineered turf grasses and water quality treatment zones using native grasses as natural vegetative filtration system will likewise be instituted as environmental protection measures.
Experience the ultimate pleasure of playing in the Summit World 18 championship golf course where 18 of the world's most famous and revered holes come together in one spectacular place. Get high on the perfect year-round cool weather and sensational greens.
Villamor Golf Club
This internationally famous 60-hectare, 18-hole par-72 golf course has a total yardage of 7,010 measured from the championship tee. The fairways are bounded by lines of elegant looking pine trees, native ipil-ipil, narra and in some areas, mango trees. The fairways are planted to carabao grass which is suited for the tropical climate. Indian Tulips serve as 150-yard markers. Villamor has been for many years the host club of Philippine Masters. Although flat, it has been challenging to international play in view of its arboreal features, augmented by some water hazards. Wind has also played a role in many tournaments.
Scuba Diving is one of the most popular water sport activity in the Philippines - a diver's paradise, a marine jewel rich in sealife and astonishing underwater scenery. Sun, sea and palm fringed beaches - an ideal area for divers who want to explore the fascinating underwater world of the Philippines.
This remote area of rich underwater assets is only 2 hours drive from Manila. Anilao's proximity makes it a popular destination for weekend diving trips. It is the closest weekend paradise for divers based in the city. Located in the southeast tip of Batangas and nestled in the midst of the quiet town of Mabini, Anilao possess no presence of powdery sand beaches but the ocean facing it promises a tantalizing life of sea water creatures.
There are about 35 dive sites around Anilao. Diving is mainly in coral slopes and shallow gardens among sandy patches. Due to Anilao’s steep location, resorts are built mostly along the hillsides of the mountains overlooking the sea. Ideal diving season is from November until May.
Puerto Galera, Mindoro
The crystal clear blue waters of Puerto Galera boast a dazzling array of aquatic species and high-voltage drift dives that resemble Palau, but at a fraction of the price. Tropicals, pelagics and big predators including sharks mix it up among pristine coral reefs that nurture an astonishing diversity and abundance of marine flora and fauna.
Puerto Galera offers more or less 40 prime dive sites. The great ecological complexity and the abundant species have earned Puerto Galera a reputation as one of the best dive areas in the Philippines.
Subic Bay, Olongapo
Subic Bay scuba diving instantly conjures up images of good accessible wrecks. Wreck divers the world over have heard about and in most cases have even dived, these high quality wrecks. Subic Bay scuba diving is one of only two high concentration of wrecks in the Philippines the other site is off Coron in the islands north of Palawan. The majority of the wrecks are a result of either the Spanish – US war in 1898 or World War II, where a number of Japanese vessels were sunk by US aircraft.
Busuanga Island, Palawan
The Busuanga group of islands is located on the northern part of Palawan. The fabulous reef and wreck areas around Busuanga provide a diverse underwater world to be explored by divers and snorkellers alike. Reef areas with diverse and unique coral formations are found in abundance. Japanese warships sunk during the end of World War II, and almost in pristine condition, offer world class wreck diving to diver’s wanting to experience a little bit of history.
Coron Island, Palawan
Coron, is one of the most mystical islands in Palawan with a length of approximately 30 km. Found in waters surrounding the island are limestome walls which rise to heights of 22 meters offering a spectacular view above and below water.
Coron is one of the most famous wreck diving destinations in the world. From the 24 ships that sank during the bombardment of American Forces on Japanese warships during WWII, only 12 wrecks have been located in diveable depths ranging from 25 - 40 meters.
Cabilao Island, Bohol
Cabilao is a marvelous place for scuba diving and snorkeling. Scuba diving is possible all year round. There are a number of spots that offer excellent and exciting dives. It has wonderful reefs which remain undisturbed. An intact underwater world with various dive spots, special marine life and coral await the diver. The reef shelf, 50 to 100 meters wide, terminates into a perpendicular underwater down to depths beyond 50 meters.
Balicasag Island, Bohol
This low, flat island is situated four kilometers southwest of Duljo Point off Panglao Reef. Surrounded by a sandy shell coraline beach, the island is fringed by a narrow reef shelf 9 to 49.5 meters wide. Balicasag island is actually a coral reef and has been declared a marine sanctuary. The magic of the island lies beneath the deep blue sea and offers a lot of highlights. The rare opportunity to swim through a forest of black coral makes this dive an experience not to be missed. Apart from the black coral, you'll also see large schools of silver jacks / surgeon fish as well as turtles.
Moalboal’s exciting dive sites make it an extraordinary diving destination in the Visayas. Apart from its unique location and its lovely people, visiting divers usually get magnetized by the staggering life form decking out the inclined wall right by the shore of Panagsama beach. The dive starts at the beach, heading straight down to a recepting beauty of stunning hard and soft corals, anemones and sponges hosting thousands of inhabiting tropical fishes.
Another point of interest is Pescador Island Marine park. It is a shallow reef that shelters lively dancing gorgonians, fan corals and sharks such as whitetip and hammerheads. These are stunning sights that famed Moalboal to divers from around the world.
It has a blindingly white bounty beach which is one of the best in the Philippines. It is a paradise where time stands still, leaving you breathless as soon you step into this "pacific island dream.” The exceptional long white beach is stretching out around the south-east coast of the island facing Cebu, Leyte and Biliran with its volcanic landscape. The other side of the island has a more panoramic rocky coastline and is an attractive alternative for the ever popular white beach.
Malapascua is also known as one of the best shark diving locations in the Philippines. Some of the sharks seen here include White Tips, Black Tips, Bamboo, Nurse, Cat, Hammerheads and the magnificent Thresher Shark. Malapascua’s Monad Shoal is known as the only place in the world where Threshers can be closely observed on a daily basis.
Apo Island, Dumaguete
Apo Island is one of the world's best known community-organized marine sanctuaries, and as such it has been well documented, by the global science community. It is home to over 650 documented species of fish and estimated to have over 400 species of corals. Become one with nature in the Blue Temple of Apo Island's and experience its astounding underwater realm
Tubbataha Reefs National Park
In the heart of Sulu Sea, a wide expanse of sea that lies between Palawan and the Southern Island of Mindanao, nestles Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park. This unique 33,200-hectare underwater splendor teems with abundant flora and fauna of the sea. The name Tubbataha is a derivative of two muslim words, ""Tubba"" (meaning long) and ""Taha"" (referring to something related to shore, reefs, or lagoon). It is composed of two distinct atoll reef systems, the North Reef and the South Reef, separated by a four-mile channel.
Its seaworld is a diver's paradise with gorgonian seafans, soft corals, and gigantic sea sponges serving as home to turkey fish, anemone crab, banded sea snakes, nudibranches, starfish, cat sharks, surgeon fish, bat fish, and butterfly fish. Rare fish can be found in the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park, like the unusual-looking Fox-faced Rabbit fish.
Because of its fabulous beauty, the marine park was honored by UNESCO in 1993, as the first natural site in the Philippines to be inscribed in the prestigious World Heritage List.
Wakeboarding is a surface water sport developed from a combination of water skiing, snow boarding and surfing techniques. It can be done either by riding behind a boat or at a cable park. Cable wakeboarding is the latest water sport to hit town and slowly gaining ground as a favorite among extreme sports enthusiasts. It can be done in only two cable parks in the country.
Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC), Bicol
Camsur Watersports Complex is a unique watersports park designed for wakeboarding, wakeskating and waterskiing. For beginner riders to the professional wakeboarders and skiiers from all over the world, CWC offers a 6-point cable ski system, coupled with restaurants, sand bars, spas, pro-shops and grand stands to hold guests. Riders can also enjoy their favorite water sports at night as the park will be equipped with spotlights that allow for it even to be open on evenings.
Lago de Oro, Calatagan
Lago de Oro is located not far from the tip of the Calatagan Peninsula and is just over 2 hours from Makati. It is the ideal getaway from the city’s pressure and smog. It is spacious, peaceful and secluded, far from any construction. People come here for their cable wakeboarding facilities where you can ride with the mountains in the background.
Photos courtesy of Department of Tourism