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Subic golf course partially open despite $48-m renovation, says official


[ manilastandardtoday.com ] June 18, 2009

By Cecille Garcia

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—Hanafil Golf and Tour Inc. said yesterday that the Subic golf course will remain open amid its re-development costing $48 million.

Hanafil Golf chief executive and president Benjamin John Defensor III said the management had decided to open facility after a clamor by members of the Subic Bay Golf and Country Club and local players to at least open nine holes of the 18-hole golf course.

“We want them [members] to enjoy their game even during the rainy season. It is our pleasure to give our utmost services to them,” Defensor said.

“The renovation of the Subic Golf Course into a world-class golf course would be done by phases. We will open holes 1 to 9 but would close the remaining holes for us to renovate the old US Navy golf course,” he added.

He said the massive development project of Subic Golf was part of the agreement between Hanafil and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.

“We have scheduled the reconstruction of the Subic Golf Course during the rainy season to take advantage of the minimal number of golfers playing here,” Defensor said.

He said the golf course was just one of the many attractions that Hanafil will build inside this premier Freeport. The company also plans to build a five-star hotel and luxury villas.

“The nursery and the irrigation system are almost completed. These were created in preparation for the reconstruction of the golf course. The nursery is necessary because the greens and fairways of the whole golf course will be replaced,” he said.

Defensor said the new irrigation system was designed to supply water to the golf course, stressing that the system is eco-friendly and uses wastewater for the greens and fairways.

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