The sport was introduced into the Philippines by British nationals working at the Manila Railways Company. These British railway workers built a small golf course at the southern part of Intramuros during the Spanish period. When the Americans came, a nine-hole golf course was built close to the railway station. This golf course eventually led to the establishment of the Manila Golf Club.
Alta Vista Golf & Country Club is an 18-hole golf course located in Pardo Hills, Cebu City. The golf course was established in 1994 and started operating in 1997. The 18-hole golf course was designed by legendary golfer, Gary Palmer. It has small greens and narrow fairways. In addition, the facility also has a driving range, basketball court, indoor tennis court, lounge bar, pro shop, and restaurant, among others. Tourists and unaccompanied guests can use the golf course from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM.
The Cebu Country Club is one of the premier golf clubs in the Visayas. It was originally called the United Service Country Club and was built in 1928 during the American period. The golf course has 18 holes and was also designed by Gary Palmer. It features well-maintained fairways and has a number of sand traps as well as trees in between each hole. The facility also has a tennis court, bowling alley, badminton court, restaurant, and bar, among others.
The Mactan Island Golf Club is located at the Mactan Ebuen Air Base in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. This 18-hole golf course features corals and water hazards on that increases its difficulty level. While the course has a relatively flat terrain, it also has a number of tight fairways. The facility also features a restaurant, pro shop, and driving range, among others. It is open for public use but on a “first-come, first-serve” basis.
The Cebu International Golf and Resort is located in the southern town of Badian. It is located close to a tourist spot of the town, Lambug Beach. The course has 18 holes and well-maintained greens. The course is bordered by a forest of coconut trees on one side and a cliff on the other side. The facility also has a tennis court, swimming pool, restaurant, and beach resort, among others.
The Water Buffalo Golf Club is located close to the Ecotech Training Center in Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City. While it only features nine holes, it is quite challenging and is a good place for golfers to train. Some of the best players of the club are also members of other clubs in Cebu. It is probably the cheapest place to play golf in the city.