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 Post subject: Golfing holidays
PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 2:11 pm 
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Can any recommend a good itinerary for a 3-4 day golfing holiday in and around Manila with suggestions for good, but not outrageously expensive, places to stay please?


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 Post subject: Re: Golfing holidays
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 10:46 am 
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Dear tjpixs

Public golf courses are a challenge but there are two in/near Subic Bay that would probably suit a good 3-4 day golf holiday, with a few other things to do besides. Subic Bay is about 1+1/2 hour drive from Manila . . . expressway all the way.

Subic Bay Golf & Country Club, within Subic Bay Freeport, is set amongst the rain forested hills

At San Marcelino (about 20kms distant) there is a golf course that was used by US Forces during their stay here and it is still very playable with sweeping views of Zambales.

Both golf courses have caddies and people to carry your umbrella, the club house at the Subic Bay course offers reasonable food and refreshment; the San Marcelino course has only a basic canteen.

Where to stay: I would recommend the Palm Tree Resort in Barrio Barretto for a medium cost, clean, friendly, beach-front hotel or the all new Wild Orchid Beach Resort on nearby Baloy Beach -- they have special offers at the moment as they are new and eager to please -- this is a good (international) three star resort hotel at two star prices and they have a junior Olympic, fresh water swimming pool so that you can do your lengths every morning. If you want the best of the hotels within the Freeport then check out the (international) four star hotel, The Lighthouse.

Alternatively: If you want only one golf course to play during your stay then you could try going South of Manila to Calatagan, Batangas -- 2 hours drive. If you stay at the Coral Beach Resort at nearby Matabungkay then the green fees are half price -- the owner is an avid golfer with a special relationship with the golf course.

Please let me know if either of these are chosen and what the feedback is.


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 Post subject: Re: Golfing holidays
PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:20 pm 
Hello all,

Just curious how the trip to Subic went if it went at all.

Also, I am considering trip their with my GF this weekend and was considering staying at Wild Orchids which was mentioned. Is this area nice for a couple or is it more for the single guy looking for some companionship?

Appreciate any input.

Randy


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 Post subject: Re: Golfing holidays
PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:35 pm 
Dear Randy,

I was just browsing and came upon your question about a good place to stay on Subic Bay and was the Wild Orchid a good place for a couple?

I can tell you that when I stayed there a little over a months ago, I though that it was probably the best possible place to stay off-base (outside Subic Bay Freeport) for a couple, as distinct from a single male looking . . . there were no "escorts" and only one "lounge lizard".

The Wild Orchid Beach Resort for me was to international standards but at Philippine prices. With a beautiful swimming pool, spacious rooms and all the little things that a lady might require are already in the room - no trips to the lobby shop in the middle of the night. Large comfortable beds, quiet aircon, clean and a real mirror!

I felt safe. The staff are very friendly and jolly if you get talking to them, discrete if you choose not to.

The only other place I have stayed of similar standard is the Lighthouse Marina Resort on-base. The difference is that the Wild Orchid Beach Resort has the feel of a beach resort while the Lighthouse Marina Resort feels more like a hotel on the beach. Oh yes, and the Wild Orchid is less expensive.

If you are driving to Subic then the Wild Orchid is about the only resort off-base with its own off-road car park.

Hope this helps . . .

JS


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