When staying in Manila, the Philippines for a golf holiday, you will have access to some of the top golf courses in the country. Some of these have been voted as being the best, not just in the Philippines but the whole of southeast Asia.
While many of the golf courses can be reached within an hour from the city centre or are located close to the international airport, some are situated a little further away. A great example is Splendido Taal Golf Club and you must travel for around 2 hours from Manila to reach this golf course.
Splendido Taal Golf Club opened for play with much anticipation in 2002 and it has lived up to the high expectations of locals and visitors alike. The 18-hole championship golf course was designed by Greg Norman and the The Shark is one of several big-name golfers and designers to lend his name to a golf course in and around Manila.
The course at Splendido Taal Golf Club offers a great deal of variety and took four years to construct, with significant shaping and moulding taking place in the creation of the course. You will find a nice mix of short and long holes at Splendido Taal Golf Club, with large bunkers being the feature hazard. In fact, some of the bunkers are huge and you will struggle to find larger hazards on any golf course around Manila.
The first hole offers a glimpse of what to expect throughout the round at Splendido Taal Golf Club. It is a par-5 hole but the fairway stretches downhill from tee to green and the hole plays quite short. Long hitters should be able to find the green in two shots and this presents an opportunity for a great start to the round.
However, the green can prove very tricky and is well protected by bunkers, so you must be accurate on your approach or suffer the consequences.
While the opening hole was a gentle par-5, get ready for a much tougher test from the tee on the second hole. The second at Splendido Taal Golf Club plays to 559 yards and you will need a long tee shot to carry the ravine and find the fairway. It can be daunting prospect, even for big hitters and provides a huge contrast with the first hole.
Splendido Taal Golf Club can lull you into a false sense of security and the first two holes are a great example. There will be holes when you believe you can score low and others which you will find tough to get a par and this makes for a very exciting round of golf.
The Spanish-Mediterranean style clubhouse features locker rooms and two high quality restaurants. You can often smell the aroma from the Ladera Golfers’ Lounge and the La Esquina Spanish Restaurant and both of these are a good place to enjoy a meal following a great round of golf at Splendido Taal Golf Club.