By Adrian Flores
The Cebu Country Club has a reputation of being strict in terms of maintaining its status as a private membership club.
While it is open to non-members and tourists, it is not easy to play there unless a member accompanies or endorses you.
Probably the only time CCC accommodates guests is when ultra bilyonaryo Lucio Tan’s Philippine Airlines (PAL) Interclub holds a tournament there.
It’s a cycle for this tournament to go around Visayas and Mindanao each year. For 2023, the flag carrier is heading to Cebu City.
What do the Interclub players expect when they CCC? It is home to an 18-hole championship course with natural landscaping, winding tree-lined fairways and guarded by sand traps that adds to its character. Those who have previous experience said that the terrain is mostly flat but cautioned against being complacent for it offers an interesting challenge to golfers of all levels.
CCC began as a 9-hole facility in 1928 then it was expanded to a full 18 in the early 1960s. Two decades later, it underwent renovation to make a par-72 course and later on, golf great Gary Player and associates redesigned it more.
After a good round, golfers can look forward to a wonderful clubhouse with a restaurant, a bar, a ballroom, and smaller function rooms. The club also boasts of modern locker rooms for men, ladies, and guests.
Other amenities include three tennis courts, two badminton courts, and a swimming pool. The Pro Shop features a wide array of signature equipment and apparel.