For a great choice of golf courses in the Philippines, you must head to Clark-Angeles. Situated to the north of Manila Bay, Angeles is served by the Clark International Airport in Clark Freeport, Mabalacat City.
This was once the location of the largest United States military facility outside the continental United States, Clarke Air Base. These days, the airport is used for passengers travelling to the region for a holiday and the many golf courses have started to attract people from all over the world.
Direct flights to Clark-Angeles can be boarded from Japan, Singapore, Dubai, South Korea and Hong Kong. So, if you are travelling from Europe or north America, you could combine a Clark-Angeles golf holiday with one of these other top destinations.
The Aqua Beach Club, Holy Rosary Parish Church, Dinosaur Island, Puning Hot Spring and Air Force City Park provide many interesting things to do but it’s the golf courses which capture much of the attention in this part of the Philippines.
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to golf courses in Clark-Angeles. The Clark Sun Valley Golf Country Club, FA Korea Golf Country Club, Mimosa Golf Country Club and Royal Garden Golf Country Club combine to make Clark-Angeles a golfer’s paradise.
Boasting lush fairways set among rolling, tree clad hills, this is a beautiful region of the world to play golf and you will be using your camera as often as your driver.
For a great choice of golf courses in the Philippines, you must head to Clark-Angeles. Situated to the north of Manila Bay, Angeles is served by the Clark International Airport in Clark Freeport, Mabalacat City.\n
This was once the location of the largest United States military facility outside the continental United States, Clarke Air Base. These days, the airport is used for passengers travelling to the region for a holiday and the many golf courses have started to attract people from all over the world.\n
Direct flights to Clark-Angeles can be boarded from Japan, Singapore, Dubai, South Korea and Hong Kong. So, if you are travelling from Europe or north America, you could combine a Clark-Angeles golf holiday with one of these other top destinations.' },
There are two, 18-hole golf courses at the Clark Sun Valley Golf and Country Club, the Dongwon Course and the Sun Course. The Sun Course is the slightly shorter of the two, measuring in at 7015 yards, whereas the Dongwon Course stretches to 7127 yards. Both courses play to a par-72 and have a choice of three tee boxes, Red, White and Gold.\n
Both courses feature up-hill and down-hill sloping fairways and all of the fairways seems to have a degree of undulation to them, which is clear to the eye. There are a large number of palm trees surrounding both courses, in addition to ravines and bushes, which can come in to play if the ball misses the fairway.\n
The greens at Clark Sun Valley Golf and Country Club are well guarded by bunkers and thick grass, so anything other than an accurate approach shot to the green, will be punished. There are some terrific views of the surrounding countryside, including a panoramic view of Mount Pinatubo and additional streams and waterfalls in the area. At an altitude of 370 meters above sea level, it’s little surprise to find great views, from both the Dongwon and Sun Course.\n
The club house offers some great facilities, including a very spacious locker-room, showers, restaurant, tea house and pro-shop. Membership is required to play the Dongwon Course but members of the public can book tee-times for the Sun Course, on a first-come, first-served basis, with times ranging from 7am until 1pm.\n
As mentioned above, Clark Sun Valley Golf and Country Club can make for an easy day trip from Manilla. However, it’s also possible to stay in the Sun Valley Hotel Clark and other local accommodation, such as the Holiday Inn Resort, Hotel Vida and Mimosa Golf Hotel.',
There are not many golf courses in the world, which can claim they are right next door to an air base, but Clark Sun Valley Golf and Country Club and others in the surrounding area, can do just that. Don’t worry, it’s a former United States Air Force base, which has been used again recently but is unnoticeable on the golf course. Clark Sun Valley Golf and Country Club is located in the foothills of the Clark region and can be easily reached from the Philippine capital, Manilla. In fact, the golf course is only 90 kilometres away from Manilla, making it very easy to travel to, as a day trip or for a longer stay.',
As the name suggests, Fontana and Apollon Korea Country Club has been created by Korean designers and is one of the most highly rated gold clubs in this region of the Philippines. There is a choice, of two 18-hole championship golf courses to play, both of which are very well maintained. The location is fantastic and both golf courses are surrounded by hills covered in lush bushes and trees. Each course is par-72 and there is a choice options off the tee, including Red, White, Blue and Black. The black offer the greatest yardage, which is over 7,000 on both sets of 18 holes.\n
Official tournaments are held at Fontana and Apollon Korea Country Club every year and they also host international invitational tournaments. For much of the round, water does not seem to play much a part. However, the 9th hole forces players to hit an approach shot over a lake but this is nothing compared to what lies in wait on the 16th.\n
The 16th hole is the signature hole and it really impresses. With water surrounding the entire hole, that’s both fairway and green, the 16th has been designed in the shape of Jeju Island, which is in Korea. Accuracy, as opposed to distance is the key on this hole, as there is little room for error, when trying to find the fairway and the green. The 18th hole also features water, which is present down the right side of the fairway. This hole also has its origins in Korea, as it is designed in the shape of the Korean national flag. The green is hidden from view on the tee shot.\n
Fontana and Apollon Korea Country Club also features a par-28, nine-hole pitch and putt course, designed by Graham Marsh, which is very well maintained.\n
With a club house, restaurant and pro-shop, this is one golf course which should not be missed during a trip to the Philippines.',
Located in the Clark Sacobia Valley region of the Philippines, is Fontana and Apollon Korea Country Club. The golf club was established in 2008 and located inside the Clark Airbase. Travelling from the Philippine capital city of Manilla, which is where the majority of international flights will arrive, the Fontana and Apollon Korea Country Club is very easy to reach. Simply take the North Expressway out of Manilla and exit Dau, turning left until the Clark Airbase is in sight. The entrance to the golf club is on the right side.',
Situated in the foothills of Mount Pinatubo, Mimosa Golf and Country Club takes advantage of the natural landscape, which was formed following a volcanic eruption. The gently rolling, parkland style course, was designed by Robin Nelson, in 1994, who having removed much of the ash from the previous, 18-hole golf course, added a further nine holes, to make 27 in total. The final nine holes were added shortly after, to complete the course which is there today.\n
As the name of the golf club suggests, Mimosa trees, which are also known as rain trees, are in abundance throughout the golf course. These form many of the new fairways and there are literally thousands of them framing the course.\n
There are two distinct golf courses to play at Mimosa Golf and Country Club. The Mountain Course, which plays at a par of 72 and has an overall length of 6,782 yards and the Acacia and Lakes Course, which plays to 6,546 yards and is also a par-72.\n
The fairways are generally quite forgiving and the well-manicured greens run true. The course has been designed to allow golfers, of all abilities, to enjoy a good round but also remain testing for the seasoned golfer, by playing off the championship tees. Perhaps the pick of the holes, the par-4 7th hole on the Mountain Course, features a shot over a volcanic ash creek, to reach the fairway.\n
In addition to two golf courses, Mimosa Golf and Country Club boast a club house, with lockers, steam rooms, a sauna and whirlpool. There is also a restaurant, tee houses, pro-shop, driving range and putting green, in addition to the CCA Golf Academy. To make the most of playing at Mimosa Golf and Country Club, why not stay in one the villas? They are fully air conditioned, with complimentary tea and coffee and daily housekeeping services.\n
With 36 holes to play, the Mimosa Golf and Country Club makes a great place to stay and enjoy a weekend of golfing action.',
Mimosa Golf and Country Club, is located in the shadow of Mount Pinatubo, on part of the ex-American Clark Air Base. Close to the city of Angeles, in the Pampanga region of the Philippines, Mimosa Golf and Country Club is very accessible from the country’s capital city, Manilla. This provides the option of either staying in Angeles and making the short journey to the golf course, staying in Manilla and making the 90 minute drive up the North Expressway or staying in one of the 125 luxurious villas, within the resort itself.',
When in the reception area of the golf club, there are paintings of Michael Angelo, Donatello and Raphael, all hanging side by side. If you have not been taken in by the surroundings, you will notice the staff are very welcoming and attentive to your needs. Once out and on to the golf course, numerous replicas of famous monuments located in Rome and Greece are situated around the course, in addition to replicas of Olympian god and goddesses, in gold and grey.\n
However, once past the themed monuments, it’s time to concentrate on the golf and the course is an 18 hole, par-72 course, playing to a maximum length of 6,942 yards. This length is off the gold tees but there is a choice of Blue, White and Red, with the latter being the shortest, at 5,073.\n
The course is quite flat throughout, without much in the way of elevation on the fairways. Palm trees are dotted around the course but are not dense enough to form any real sort of hazard. There are plenty of bunkers present, some of which are quite large but once on the 6th hole, water comes in to play. Water is a real hazard at the back of the 6th green, so the correct club selection is crucial, to avoid over-hitting the green and finding the stream.\n
Water is also present on the 7th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th holes, so any wayward shooting here, could easily be punished.\n
An interesting addition to the Royal Garden Golf and Country Club, is the option of night golf, making it possible to play in low light. The themed club house and restaurant, in addition to the covered driving range and putting green, make this a great venue. The added twist of the Greek and Roman art and replica monuments may not be to everyone’s taste but they certainly make Royal Garden Golf and Country Club stand out from the crowd in the Philippines.',
Choosing a golf course to play in the Philippines, can be quite a task, with so many good options available to pick from. The Royal Garden Golf and Country Club, is one which is definitely worth a closer look. Situated in the Pampanga region of the Philippines and just 15 minutes from Angeles City, it’s easy to reach and being so close to the city, very convenient too. Upon arrival to the Royal Garden Golf and Country Club, it becomes apparent what theme and country the designers based the golf course on, which is Greece and the Romans.',