CEBU COUNTRY CLUB
Smack in the middle of Cebu City in Banilad sits the scenic Cebu Country Club. The club traces its beginnings to the early 1900s as a nine-hole golf course built by British and American executives. Today, almost a century later, it has blossomed into the first course in the Visayas. The course is beautiful. The trees that border the fairways are as mature as any golf course I’ve seen. The fairways are carabao grass but this is part of the charm here; it is golf the way my grandfather played it, the way it used to be.
The course is flat but is no pushover. The fairways are defined by mature tree lines, mounding and water; lots of it, making the course play much harder than it reads on the card. Its main defences are its greens. The greens are small so you will miss a few of them. This puts a premium on your short game. The greens are planted with native zoysia which is inherently grainy. This makes them almost unreadable if you’re playing the course for the first time. You will encounter side-hill putts that break uphill and downhill putts that are slow; details that are impossible to decipher unless you’ve played it a few times. Fortunately, the fairways are wide for the most part allowing you to take driver and swing away. You’ll need to get as much distance off the tee as you can to give yourself a shorter approach shot to deal with. Just make sure you don’t drive it in the water.
That’s the other killjoy on the golf course; water and there’s a lot of it. Water is in play on eleven of the eighteen holes. A recent redesign changed two holes; the fifth and sixth substantially. Five is totally different; different tee, different green and the tee shot now carries a water hazard. The club added substantial length to number six, pushing the tee box back and angling it over what used to be the fifth green. They’re expanding the fairway to the right of the cart path on the left and once this is completed the path will run to the left of the expanded area. This will create a bit of a dogleg in the otherwise straight hole which will later be further accentuated when they expand the water hazard on the right to encroach even further on the right side of the fairway. The difficult green will then be pushed further to the right of the golfer bringing the bunker on the left side of the fairway into play. The changes have significantly increased the difficulty of the two holes. Number six is now the handicap one.
Apart from the renovation currently being undertaken, the club is in the process of implementing a design penned by Gary Player’s Black Night Group a few years back. Budget restraints and the constant patronage of the Cebuanos force the club to work on just two holes at a time. Hopefully, I’ll get to play the finished product soon. – pinoygolfer.com
The Cebu Country Club is a private proprietary club located in Banilad, Cebu City. Although a private membership club, it is also open to guests and tourists. The club is a popular golf destination for both local and foreign golf enthusiasts. It is famous for its 18-hole championship golf course, which was established in 1928.
Facilities and Services
Cebu Country Club has a par 71, 18-hole golf course with winding fairways, numerous trees, and sand traps furnished with ground coral rock. The golf club is also the site of the yearly Philippine Air Lines Interclub Golf Tournament and some legs of the Philippine Golf Circuit.
Its facilities include a clubhouse, restaurant and bar, tee houses, locker rooms for men and women, bowling alley, sports gear shop, swimming pool, tennis court, and badminton court. Safety is never a problem at the club since security men patrol and roam the club’s facilities and grounds at all times.
Location and Contact Information
Cebu Country Club is located in Barangay Banilad, Cebu City, and is about 20 minutes from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. The club is accessible via taxicab or rent-a-car and by public transport such as jeepneys since the club is in front of the Banilad Road, one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city.
Contact Numbers (+6332) 231-0345
Fax Number: (+6332) 231-4096.