By Adrian Flores
Filipinos are fond of celebrations. Birthdays, weddings and anniversaries are among the most celebrated.
This November, the Forest Hills Golf and Country Club will enter its 25th year in the golf industry—an important milestone considering the challenges it faced through the years, including the Asian financial crisis and the current pandemic.
In an interview with Bilyonaryo.com, Forest Hills chairman Atty. Ferdinand T. Santos shared how it has become one of the best golf and country clubs in the Philippines today.
“The birth of Forest Hills started with a vision that my partners, Bob Sobrepeña and Toti Cariño, (the three formed real estate company Fil-Estate) shortly after the successful launch of the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club in Cavite,” he said.
“We envisioned then that with that outcome replicating the same project at the foot of the Mountain Ranges of Sierra Madre would be perfect. That is how the dream of putting up Forest Hills all started,” Santos said.
The construction was not that easy because it is harder to do a golf course project in the mountain ranges, especially at the foot of Sierra Madre.
“It is a lot easier to build on a flat terrain. In a mountainous area, there will have to be more land movements so that the routing of the layout of the golf course, more or less, fit the undulation area of the landscape and all other facilities that would be attached to it,” he said.
“While we were looking around for a possible area for this, we met our eventual joint partner Johnson Ong, who has vast tracts of land in Antipolo and Sierra Madre. We signed the partnership deal for a golf course and leisure community which is the Forest Hills today,” Santos added.
Forest Hills is composed of 600 hectares, with 136 hectares for the golf component, including the two 18-hole championship courses and a country club, a driving range, verandah for dine in, function and ballrooms, spa, gym, and barber shop.
No wonder, members and guests are happy whenever they are at Forest Hills.