If you’ve been in and out of Cebu a couple of times just to revisit the place, then surely there must be something about it that entices you to come back every now and then. Most tourists in Cebu, especially the first time vacationers, consider Cebu’s beach resorts as their ultimate destination for leisure and pure relaxation.
However, for the not-so-beach bums out there, other leisurely activities await you as well. Aside from a handful of zip-line activities and adventure parks for nature lovers and thrill seekers, there are also a number of golf clubs/courses where enthusiasts can bide their time. Here’s a quick rundown of Cebu’s golf courses:
Alta Vista Golf and Country Club
The Alta Vista Golf and Country Club is one of the top golf courses in Cebu. This private club is an 18-hole course that was designed by Gary Player and the Black Knight Design Company in 1997. It is also open to nonmembers and guests who have made prior arrangements with the club.
This golf club has a challenging mountain course of 6,100 yards, which is known for its rolling terrains, narrow fairways and water hazards. In Alta Vista Golf and Country Club, golfers get a stunning view of the city, including the Mactan and Bohol islands. The club’s facilities include a driving range, a professional gear sports shop, a lounge, restaurant and several bars, tee houses, and male and female changing rooms. Other facilities include a Spanish-influenced clubhouse, a ballroom, a children’s playground, function rooms, covered tennis and basketball courts, bowling alley, gym, swimming pools, jacuzzi, and a sauna.
Alta Vista Golf and Country Club is located at Aznar Road, Pardo Hills, Cebu City. If you wish to visit or make a reservation, kindly contact these numbers (032)272-7971 to 75, or send them a facsimile at (032)272-7976.
Cebu Country Club
Another favorite destination of both local and foreign golf enthusiasts is the Cebu Country Club. Located in Banilad, Cebu City, this private golf club is open to non-members and tourists alike. Established in 1928, and dubbed as the premier golf club in Cebu, it is well-known for its 18-hole course, which has twisting fairways, numerous trees, and sand traps with ground coral rock lining.
For the golfer’s convenience, the golf club provides several tee houses along the fairway, a clubhouse, male and female locker rooms, sports gear shop, restaurant and a bar. Other facilities include a swimming pool, a tennis court and a bowling alley.
Cebu Country Club is located at Barangay Banilad, Cebu City. Getting there takes about 30 to 45 minutes of travel time from the Matan-Cebu International Airport. It is accessible via taxicab, rent-a-car or public utility jeepneys. For reservations and inquiries, you may reach them by calling these telephone numbers: (032)231-0345 or (032)231-1802. You may also send them a facsimile at fax number (032)231-4096.
Mactan Island Golf Club
Golfers who want to have a unique golfing experience can head out to the Mactan Island Golf Club, which is located just right across the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.
The club is an 18-hole golf course with sand traps, coral stones and water hazards spread throughout the course that add challenge and thrill to the game. It has an open air restaurant, a clubhouse, tee houses along the fairway, and a swimming pool.
Other facilities in the golf club include a driving range, a pro shop, a bar and restaurant, and a clubhouse. Storage locker rooms are also provided for the safety of the golfer’s personal belongings.
The golf club is open to the public. Advance reservations are strongly recommended, especially on weekends and holidays. Office hours are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For inquiries or reservations, you may contact the following numbers: (032)846-6667, (0905)332-2013, and (0927)718-7159.
Golf Courses Outside Metro Cebu
If you are having a vacation in the rather remote areas of Cebu, such as Medellin or San Remigio, then you’re just in luck because your craving for a golfing adventure is an earshot away. Here are two (2) golf courses that you can visit:
Verdemar Golf Club
This 18-hole course has an Arizonian layout that provides a variety of challenges to golfers. Notable is the par 6 hole, which is probably the most challenging due to its huge sand bunkers and high and low terrains.
Golfers can test their skills in the driving range and practice putting greens before the game. There are also tee houses along the fairway for the golfers’ convenience. Male and female locker rooms with shower facilities are also provided.
Verdemar Golf Club can be reached in approximately two (2) hours from Mactan International Airport. For inquiries, you may call them at these telephone numbers: (032)523-9777 and (032)523-9778.
Mercedes Plantation Golf and Country Club
Another golf club that’s located in the northern part of Cebu is the Mercedes Plantation and Country Club. This resort was designed by well-renowned Filipino golfer Frankie Miñoza, who won numerous golfing events in Asia and Japan.
This golf course is filled with water hazards and sand bunkers, which add challenge and thrill to the game. Golfers can hone their skills in the driving range and practice putting greens before the game. Their club has a pro shop and tee houses along the fairway. Male and female locker rooms and shower facilities are provided, where players can freshen up after a game. Guests or non-members of the golf club must be accompanied by a member to avail of the facilities. Reservations are required and can be made via fax, telephone or email.
Mercedes Plantation Golf and Country Club is located in Dayhagon, Medellin, Cebu. For inquiries and reservations, you may reach them at the following numbers: (032)846-6667, (0905)332-2013 or (0927)718-7159.
Greenlux Golf Driving Range
Perfect your swing at this hit-all-you-can golf driving range, which is located at the North Reclamation Area. This facility has forty (40) outdoor driving ranges with automatic golf ball serve system. Golf pros, who charge by the hour, can assist and teach you in improving your stance and swing techniques.
Greenlux Golf also has other facilities that can promote one’s well-being and lifestyle. Golfers can make use of their sauna, Jacuzzi and gym. Greenlux Platinum and Regular members are entitled to discounts on their facilities.
A. Alta Vista Golf and Country Club
B. Cebu Country Club
C. Mactan Island Golf Club
D. Verdemar Golf Club
E. Mercedes Plantation Golf and Country Club
F. Greenlux Golf Driving Range