In stark contrast to golf on high, Midlands, situated on a gentler piece of land, is a more traditional course that will play well from season to season, yet with more than its share of drama. You get some great views of Taal’s caldera, its crater, as well as a good idea of what is in store for you on the golf course during the descent from Highlands, either by car or by teep furnicular. Broad rolling fairways invite the player to left out some shaft from the nicely elevated tees. The greens, framed by distant Mt. Makiling can range somewhere between undulating and radical, like the eight, could be quite unputtable with a front pin and an approach gone a bit long. Already it is clear that gravity and drainage is at work on the Tifdwarf. The grain is always away from the mountain and towards the lake, sometimes quite vigorously, magnified by the fact that the lake is in line with the setting sun. To add further dimensions, the seasonal winds seem to gain strength as they vortex through the narrowing valley and can be downright pesky. Soft spikes required.