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Friday, January 20, 2017

Golf course of the year

By Mike Besa /Images of Manila Southwoods by Marty Ilagan In the first part of the process of divining the golf course of the year, we first discussed the criteria by which the choice would be made. The criteria dealt with the golfing experience only; service and the other facilities of...

A roundtable and night golf

The Philippine Golf Tourism Council met for a roundtable on the state of the industry last December 22 at Club Intramuros in the Walled City. It was the first meeting with all the stakeholders in attendance. Previous meetings were one-on-one affairs with members of the council with the various...

The spirit of the game

Honesty, integrity, courtesy: three words that have come to represent the spirit in which the game of golf is played.         Part of that spirit sits beneath the term, etiquette and part of it relates to the Rules of Golf. But the spirit of the game goes much deeper than...
IRA ALIDO and Paolo Wong stumbled at the finish to mar an otherwise solid start and carded a six-under 62 under the four-ball format for a two-stroke lead over three other pairs in the sixth National Golf Association of the Philippines National Doubles Amateur Golf Championship at Camp Aguinaldo Golf...
Part One It’s the end of the year and as is our custom, it’s time to rank the courses that represent the very best the Philippines has to offer. It’s a tough task, one made more difficult by the quality of the courses on this list. It’s a little like...

TaylorMade Ups the Ante

It’s tough to follow one successful product with another. How many times have you seen a company fall on its face trying to improve on an already successful product? Often, the new product winds up being worse than its predecessor. This is not the case with TaylorMade’s new M1 and...
It is amazing to me that golf courses in the Philippines remain largely unknown to the rest of the world. It’s true. It doesn’t matter that we’ve produced some of the best golfers the region has ever seen. Larry Montes, Celestino Tugot, Golem Silverio, Frankie Miñoza...they all had to...
Next to the putter, the wedge is the club that most amateur golfers will use the most in a round of golf. Since most amateurs hit precious few greens in regulation, they will wind up using a wedge of some sort or other each time they miss a green....
By Doug Ferguson / The Associated Press NASSAU, Bahamas—The return of Tiger Woods was more about the big picture than any of his big numbers. And that started with the sight of that red shirt on Sunday. Woods grumbled about three more double bogeys in the final round of the Hero World Challenge....
THE Orchard Golf and Country Club is, by my reckoning, one of the most undervalued golf clubs in the country. The shares, which once hit a heady P3 million during the height of the golf boom in the 1990s, were trading at less than P100,000 last year but have recovered...
Text & photo by Lloyd Tronco AYALA Land is eyeing the creation of a nine-hole executive course at the Southlinks Golf Course as a way to support the younger set of golfers to get into the game.  This was announced by the executive director of The Junior Golf Foundation of the Philippines...
THE Modern Golf Coaching Summit was held at the Green Sun Hotel in Makati from November 14 to 18. It was a milestone event for the Philippines and marked the first time the leading minds in golf instruction made a trip to the Philippines. It was a first for the...
WHEN Nike announced that it would stop making golf equipment earlier this year, the golf world waited with bated breath to see what Rory, Tiger and the rest of the Nike-sponsored touring professionals would put in play. For the professionals, it wasn’t a difficult proposition; when pressed, you put the...

Forged for the rest of us

MORE of us should be playing super game improvement irons. Sure, they sometimes look like garden implements but they make the game so much better for the rest of us. The Bridgestone JGR Hybrid Forged irons are a great example of the genre. The JGR Hybrid Forged irons are up front...
By Doug Ferguson / The Associated Press BUBBA WATSON is already thinking about his career after golf, which just might include public office. He wants to run for mayor. “I’ve had a dream,” Watson said. “I moved back in the city limits of Pensacola so one day I can run for mayor.” The...
Text & photos by Mike Besa Having grown to adolescence in the time that Camp John Hay was still the R&R center of the United States Armed Forces in the Western Pacific, I was a bit concerned when they left the country. Baguio City was my refuge from the city, the...
IT was indeed an exciting moment in golf history when Rory McIlroy, one of the world’s Top 3, won the recent Professional Golfers’ Association Tour Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, in a come-from-behind fashion. To win, McIlroy scored an eagle on the 16th to tie for the lead, then outdueled Americans...
THE month of November is always associated with Baguio’s Fil-Am Invitational Golf, now perennially backstopped by San Miguel Corp. And, at about this time, both the Baguio Country Club (BCC) and Camp John Hay (CJH) have just about wrapped up their preparations for the tournament extending two weeks by tradition. I...

The new Titleist 917 metals

Titleist club introductions are the most interesting to me. Titleist is so bound by the tastes and sensibilities of their core market that all their clubs are designed for the elite golfer in mind. That market segment has aesthetic tastes so defined that each generation of drivers looks very...
Mizuno have always been revered for their irons. They are the irons that the professionals would pay to play if they had to and with good reason. Their feel and performance are legendary but forgiveness and playability meant sacrifices that the faithful weren’t willing to make. But the JPX 900...