…golf in the city…


The golf course skirting the walls of the old walled city of Intramuros in Manila is believed to be the oldest in the Philippines.

Known as the Club Intramuros Golf Course, it was built in 1907 by the US, and it is a short course that truly tests the accuracy of your drives. Obstacles from water traps and sand bunkers are joined by light poles, palm trees and stone walls. At times the curious locals can be seen atop these walls taking a brief moment or two to observe the players below…

If you hit the ball too hard, it will probably be lost forever in the street, for opposite the stone walls to one side of this long and narrow course is a street filled with an assortment of noisy, smoke belching vehicles from container trucks traveling in and out of the nearby port of Manila to horse drawn carriages (kalesas) and other forms of transportation. There is beauty to be found while one is trekking along the course, but there is often those moments when you know you’re in the middle of the city…

You also can’t help but notice that there are a lot people who are just walking around; from students who attend classes inside the walled city to tourists just seeing the sights (Intramuros is a well visited tourist attraction with its many churches). And don’t forget the people who are themselves the sight...

While the course is public and the fees are relatively inexpensive, it is a good test for one’s personal skills. And for about $8 you can hire an umbrella girl so you won’t have to have the sun beating down on your head while you play your 18 holes. However, you probably shouldn’t share her…

So much for my first ever golf in the city event. As always, you can see a full description/caption of each image by clicking on the photos directly.

Until next time!

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