Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club Legends Course
The Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club is located just 30 minutes south of Makati, Manila.
This 36 hole facility has two 18 hole Jack Nicklaus signature courses, the Master’s course and the Legend’s course.
Slightly shorter than the Master’s course, the Legend’s course stands at 7093 yards long. The Legend and Master’s course are also the first two Jack Nicklaus designed golf courses in the Philippines.
While the challenging Master’s course is designed around “traps” and water hazards, the Legend’s course is dominated by high mounds. This makes the Par 72 Course friendlier to high handicappers but will pose a real challenge to those more experienced golfers trying to aim for a low score.
Directly across from the lake from the first tee is the Par 4, 425 yard # 9 hole.
The expression “flirting with danger” takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to playing this hole. Lining the right side of the tight fairway is a lake. And hugging the left side of the landing area is a bunker. I don’t know about you but they are both my worst nightmare!
Aiming for the right side of the landing area bunker would be the wisest choice when it comes to playing this hole, but for some reason that water is just like a golf-ball magnet.
The # 16 hole on Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club Legends course, will make for an interesting play for any golfer.
Although just 180 yards in length, this Par 3 hole is flanked by a water hazard on the left and a bunker on the right.
Proper club selection is crucial here.
If you want to avoid the water, you have to consider a shot to the middle or right side of the green. Make sure you don’t overshoot; otherwise landing in the bunker might lead you to having to deal with the lake for the second time around.
Another challenging hole is the 434 yards Par 4 # 18 hole. The landing area is fringed with high walled bunkers on both sides, as you can see in the photo.
The best line of approach to this hole is to aim for the left thus avoiding the large deep bunkers on the right.
But then again be careful here, the deepest bunker is the one on the left of the green. Aim poorly and you might find yourself playing the role of John Deere, the Excavator!
Facilities wise, the on Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club Legend’s course has its own club house to serve its ground.
There are air conditioned lockers for both ladies and gents, complete with grooming amenities.
The clubhouse also boasts of a 48 seat verandah restaurants and two tee houses. Overall the club is well equipped and the fairways are well maintained.
The one thing which I find a little annoying is the access to the club for non members. Unless you have a friend who happens to be a member here, the club is off limits to you.
The close proximity to the city also makes the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club an ideal golfing designation when visiting Manila.
You can also book your stay at the Manila Southwoods Manor which has the Legend’s Course for its backdrop view.
Situated at Carmona, Cavite, it’s less than an hour drive from the NAIA International airport. To get there, take the South Luzon Expressway and leave off at the Southwoods Exit. Just follow the signage which will lead you directly to the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club house.
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