Barangay Balitoc, Calatagan, Batangas
CP: (63-917) 842-5257/5275 (Calatagan)
Makati Office: (Direct Line) Tel.: (63-2) 895-2695, 546-0885
(Trunkline) Tel.: (63-2) 890-9695 loc. 122
Telefax: (63-2) 895-2657
Built in 1978 and designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. This Par 72 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 slopping greens planted with Tifton grass. The course is dotted by sparkling lakes and an abundance of indigenous and exotic trees.
Clubhouse with showers and air-conditioned lockers, halfway house, drink holes near #4 and #15, practice green, etc.
Private club. Guests must be accompanied/introduced by a member. Special arrangements can be made for unaccompanied non-members through the Makati office.
Drive from Makati through the South Superhighway and Carmona. From Manila via the coastal road. Private car or car rental needed to get there.
There are small beach resorts with cottages within a few kilometers. There is Taal Vista Lodge halfway between Manila and the golf club.
Lago de Oro, Munting Buhangin Beach, Natipunan Beach, Punta Baluarte and Ronco Beach Resort.
Golfer’s Unedited Comments
This course is a real treat! I have played maybe 15 courses in Asia, mostly in the Philippines. From the blue tees, a course rating of 71.8 and a slope of 137 make this a real challenge. Lots of ups and downs, side hill lies, tight fairways, open drive holes and just a stunning layout make this a must play. Leave the fairway and the rough, and you will be challenged to get on in regulation. Bring a rock club for wayward adventures…the local limestone in the woods feels and looks like chipped concrete.
This HCP 7.3 shot an 80 on first loop. Loved it!
The Upside and Downside? The first plus is the price. Asian golf is expensive by American standards, but at PhP 2,150 including caddie fee and PhP 200 pesos of consumable credit, this is among the cheapest courses in the Philippines.
The downside is that Calatagan is about 2.5 hours south of Manila by GPS, and nearly 4 hours by car! The town is small and for foreigners not used to eating in small Filipino cafes, the local fare will be lacking. Having traveled here 18 times and having a Filipina wife, I could manage. The course has good food, but closes early.
The drive in to the course is rough and has not been graded in years, but what an estate! Spectacular old world ranch transformed! The clubhouse is one of the best I have seen in the Philippines. Sure, some may be a little nicer, a little newer, but this magnificent building sits high on the property, looks out the fairways and has an extremely expansive feel. The hotel accommodation is 2 star, but livable, and is nestled down on the coast in a nice little cove, has a fantastic pool and 24-hour security.
I just have to say that I was so surprised that I stayed an extra day and am trying to finagle another two if I can on this trip. It is that good.
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