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This is Hole # 16, the Signature Hole, of the Fairways and Bluewater Resort Golf and Country Club in Boracay Island. It is Par 3. 143 yards at the Yellow Tee/131 yards at the Blue Tee. It has a Handicap of 18.


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This is Hole # 5, Par 4 with the Parade Ground of the Philippine Army as “Out of Bounds” (OB) and on the right from the tee-off is the famous Philippine Army Wall Mural where the history of the Philippine Army is depicted on a cement wall.

This is Hole # 1, Par 4 with the left over the fence as “Out of Bounds” (OB) and the right as one-stroke penalty if the ball lands at the driving range (right side) and passing over the trees. There is a lake at a distance of 185 yards from the tee-off area. 

This is Hole # 8, Par 3 with the left side over the fence as “Out of Bounds”. The hole has two small lakes before the green. This is the “signature” hole of the Philippine Army Executive Golf Course.

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After the old Fort Bonifacio Golf Course was demolished and whose area was sold by the Bases Conversion Development Authority in promulgation of a Law enacted by Congress, a new Fort Bonifacio Golf Course was established within the 100-hectare retention area for the Headquarters Philippine Army. It took at least one year to replicate the old golf course but because of the problem of sustaining the overall maintenance of the 18-hole golf course as it was a gargantuan task for the Philipine Army, the course was reduced to an Executive 9-hole course. Such golf course is now what everybody see along the Bayani Road.

The 9-hole golf course was named as the Kagitingan Golf Course but it was later re-named to Philippine Army Golf Course four years ago. It is being managed by a retired Brigadier-General of the Philippine Army and a small staff of active officer and enlisted personnel. It is being closely supervised by Headquarters Philippine Army through a Committee of senior officers and an Accountant of the Command.

There was a time that I was designated as the Chairman of this Committee. This Committee meets at least twice a month to oversee the administration and operations of the Golf Course. It was during my time that the drainage/canal system at Holes # 1 & 4 were concreted and improved; the construction of concrete fence at Hole # 3; the planting of more trees & creation of a “nursery”; and the removal of illegal settlers/”squatters” within the golf course. Lastly, the revenues of the Golf Course reached its high earnings during that time.

It is nice to play in this 9-Hole Executive Golf Course as it is entirely planted with bermuda grass. A player could finish 9 holes comfortably in two hours. The course is an all-weather golf course. It has a Driving Range and a Restaurant. The caddies are all women and there are umbrella girls available. Lastly, the “green fee” is very affordable to Philippine Army personnel and to the civilians.

I will be posting more details about this golf course soon. 

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This is the oldest golf course in the Philippines which was made and established in 1907. It is located in Santa Barbara, Iloilo in Panay Island. Plane flights from Manila take 50 minutes to reach Iloilo Airport.


This is the National Historic Institute’s marker infront of the Cluhouse of the Golf Course. In 1907, the engineers from Scotland of the Philippine Railway Company constructed this golf course in Barangay San Sebastian, Santa Barbara, Iloilo. In 1912, the Santa Barbara Golf and Country Club was established and organized solely for the British and Americans in the country. In 1920, it bacame a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, FIFE, Scotland and it started to accept Filipino membership. In 1941, the Japanese troops burned the Clubhouse. In 1945, it became a Barracks and Headquarters of the Filipino and American soldiers in Panay Island. In 1947, the club was renamed as the Iloilo Golf and Country Club. In 2006, it was officially recognized as the Oldest Golf Course in the Philippines. In 2007, it commemorated its 100th Foundation Anniversary.

The golf course is a short 5-minute drive from the new Iloilo Airport and a 30-minute drive from the City Proper of Iloilo.

I played in this golf course once and it was a nice experience playing with it. The holes are very challenging and the food at the Clubhouse is cheap and very good!

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