While several new golf courses have opened in Philippines in recent years, there is one course which has stood the test of time. Canlubang Golf and Country Club, which is located at the foot of Casile, Laguna was established in 1977 and is regarded by many as being one of the best golf courses in the country.
Just 5 kilometres from Barangay Pittland, which is also known as Terelay, Canlubang Golf and Country Club is in the province of Laguna, situated to the south of Manila. It is easy to reach and would make a great stop on a Philippine golf holiday.
Canlubang Golf and Country Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr and is home to two excellent 18 hole golf courses. The courses, named the North Course and the South Course, are based on the site of a former coconut and sugar plantation. You could easily spend a long weekend at this venue, using the time to play both golf courses. However, the easiest of the two golf courses is perhaps the best place to begin and that’s the South Course.
The South Course at Canlubang Golf and Country Club looks fantastic, with several ravines and an abundance of tropical plants around the 18 holes. The views from this golf course are superb and you can see Laguna de Bay and Sierra Madre among other places in the distance. The fairways on the South Course are mostly wide and this makes playing from the tee a pleasure. Many golfers feel confident using the driver and it makes for a fun round of golf.
Those who are seeking more of a challenge at Canlubang Golf and Country Club should play the North Course. This is regarded as being the toughest of the two courses, with many manmade lakes and ravines to avoid during the round. You will also find the trademark Jones Jr bunkers protecting the greens and this can make approach shots tricky, even from good positions on the fairway.
Due to the setting on higher ground, the wind can also be a factor and this is true on both the North and South Courses. If you arrive on a windy day, this can make the golf courses at Canlubang Golf and Country Club a much tougher prospect and you must be prepared to think carefully about club selection before playing each shot.
There are three sets of tees on each hole and knowledgeable caddies are on hand to offer advice throughout the round. Complete with bars, tea houses and restaurants, Canlubang Golf and Country Club is the perfect venue for a round of golf in the province of Laguna.