Fascinating Philippines – Anvaya Cove Golf & Sports Club


Situated in Southeast Asia, 2.5 hours from downtown Manila, Anvaya Cove Golf & Sports Club is one of the newest courses to hit the global golf market scene. Recently opened for play on 7th December 2013, this course is the brainchild of Philippine real estate giant Ayala Land, the group’s first attempt at high-end, seaside golf development.
Anvaya Cove Golf & Sports Club run the gamut of pulse-quickening golf environments. Designed by California based course designer Kevin Ramsey, the 7030-yard course has some holes playing directly alongside the beach, while others occupy bluffs some 30 meters above the surf. Several more cut daring paths through thick, tropical jungle, while the remaining play along ridges 100 meters above sea level.
Proud course designer Ramsey was able to create “an uninterrupted string of really strong golf holes that play through five distinct environments”, to provide that ‘wow’ factor. “There’s a lot of wow out there. Holes 11 through 13 account for some of that. They form our own Amen Corner, only this one’s at seaside.”

This run of holes — a driveable par-4 looking out across Subic Bay, a par-4 that play downhill to the beach, and a bluff-top par-3 whose peninsular green falls off some 30 meters into the ocean, on three sides — will surely rank among the most photographed holes in Asian golf. But Ramsey is understandably proud of the inland holes, which, thanks to the marked elevation changes and expert shaping, played right into the hands of his firm’s “look hard, play fair” philosophy.

Anvaya Cove boasts a striking Beach & Nature Club complete with two restaurants, a water sports pavilion, pool complex and a massive swath of pristine beach along Anvaya Cove itself. Though they are essentially two clubs in one location, members of the Anvaya Cove Golf & Sports Club enjoy the amenities at both, including more than 40 guest cottages. As Ayala Land Premier is a developer of high-end residential properties, these casitas have been designed and appointed with particular flair.