Both courses have hosted international golf tournaments including the 1995 Johnnie Walker Classic and the 1996 World Golf Tour plus domestic events such as the Philippine Amateur Matchplay Championships and Philippine Professional Tour. This is a sign of quality and Orchard Golf and Country Club does not disappoint as one of the best kept golf clubs in the Philippines.
The two golf courses are very different and the Arnold Palmer Course as designed as a parkland style course while the Gary Player was designed as a links style course. Both are always in excellent condition and Orchard Golf and Country Club pays a lot of attention to the environment in the way it looks after and develops the two courses.
Both opening holes give a great insight on what to expect from each course. The Palmer Course starts with a par-4 which features a wide fairway that slopes from left to right. Although fairly straight, there is a wall to the left which marks out of bounds plus mango trees to the right, which block the view of the green. The green is well-protected by sand and you must get you ball below the hole for a shot at birdie.
The Player Course also begins with a par-4 hole, which is slightly shorter than the Palmer Course. The tee shot is played over water to a fairway which has a slight dogleg to the left. The green is surrounded by three bunkers and trees so accuracy is a must as missing the green could leave you in a lot of trouble.
Both courses feature water but the bunkering is very strong at Orchard Golf and Country Club and arguably the biggest hazard at the club.
Having completed a round of golf you can head to the clubhouse which boasts locker rooms, sauna, spa, pro shot, café and restaurant. There are also many other sports you can enjoy at Orchard Golf and Country Club including basketball, tennis, swimming and bowling.
Orchard Golf and Country Club is one of the top golf courses in Manila and one you should include on your itinerary.