Golf in the Land of Smiles


So you have traveled around the world and found some of the best wine regions in the world – Italy?

The best food regions of the world – France!

Best golf Courses – tough to beat what we have in North America!

I always think that the South’s Warmest Welcome in the USA is from the people of Mississippi!

Want to meet the nicest people in the world – you will need to visit the Philippines!

I was fortunate enough to spend 5 days on the powdery white beaches of Boracay Island.  An island that in 2014, the resort island was at the top of the Best Islands in the World list published by Condé Nast Traveler.

Getting to the Philippines from North America is a bit of a hike – just over 20 hours from the East Coast.  Well worth it, also maybe one of the least expensive destinations once on the ground!

The Philippines is made up of some 7,000 islands, Boracay a small island is about an hour from Manila, a couple of hundred bucks gets you a return ticket on Philippine Airlines and there are numerous flight daily and multiple airlines to choose from!

Fairways and Bluewater Resort is home to the only golf course on this island.  Getting there too, is half the fun.  I highly recommend the private transfer. Pick up at Caticlan Airport, at short ride to resort check in but you are not even close to being there!  Your private jet boat takes you on about a 15 minute ride to the island and then another 45 minutes to the resort on NewCoast.

The golf course, Aussie, Graham Marsh designed this little gem.  A little on the short side by today’s standards rolling out to only 6,500 yards from the tips.  Really fun to play, a great collection of par 5’s that allow for a little risk reward.  A couple of memorable par 3’s including the signature 16th only 143 yards but with some significant elevation change to a green below.   If you are ever here keep an eye out for special guests around the course.  A favorite place of Ernie Els and often frequented by Jesper Parnevik we’ve been told.

My second round was interesting, playing with Head Pro, Mangloy not knowing that my caddy was his sister and the pretty lady starter was his wife.  I guess it does not happen often but when my drive landed where his tee ball finished both ladies screamed out “You out drove the Pro, You out drove the Pro!!!”  Match on, but it did not last long, even though I managed to keep my round in the 70’s, I was no match for Mangloy 3 under par.  He is also course record holder with a 62.

Round over of course being thirsty in the Philippines the beer of choice is San Miguel and I can tell you I had my fair share of those. We had one fantastic dinner at the resort, roof top on the Skydeck bar overlooking the pool and the Ocean.

Where it is happening on Boracay is White Beach a stretch of beach, maybe 4-5 kilometres long filled with bars, restaurants and all kinds of shopping.  You have all the water activities you can handle or you can just kick back and relax.  A bustling night life awaits, and the dining options extend onto the beach as we called it “Bordeaux on the Beach.”  We landed at the Pariso Bar & Grill Lobster House – lured by a boardwalk temptation of pick your surf to go along with your turf!   An amazing dinner and yes a nice French Bordeaux was the wine for the evening!

One thing you will not want to miss on this quaint little island is the sunset!  Spectacular to say the least!

It is a place you will never forget and unlikely that you can only go once!

Put the Philippines on your bucket list – you will not be disappointed.  You will be surprised at how inexpensive everything is!

Regent Travel Corporation based in the Philippines can handle all of your inbound needs.

Other helpful links:

Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast Boracay

Philippine Airlines

Philippine Department of Tourism