Golf started in the Philippines in the 1850s when the British, led by Vice Consul Nicholas Loney, settled and began trading with Europe in a number of Visayan commodities particularly sugar. In 1886, some British employees of the Manila Railway Company built a 3-hole course in paddy fields of south Intramuros. During the American period Scottish engineers (came for the construction of Panay Railways) built a rest and recreation place, the Santa Barbara Golf Course (1907), a 9-hole layout was constructed near a terrain slopes and later on was developed into an 18-hole golf course, the oldest existing golf course in the country. Philippines offers remarkable golf courses designed by some of the best golf architects from lush valleys to mountaintops, seaside resorts to cityscapes, surely golf enthusiasts can experience and enjoy teeing off.

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