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PGA golf courses come to the Philippines, Jack Nicklaus designs them

Posted: September 2, 2022, 9:06 a.m.

Last update on: September 2, 2022, 10:48 a.m.

Three PGA golf courses are planned for the future Hann Reserve, located just north of the Clark Free Zone in the Philippines, where many commercial casinos operate.

PGA golf Philippines casino Hann Resorts
Hann Resorts President and CEO Dsaesik Han. Hann Resorts is building three PGA golf courses north of the Clark Freeport area to complement its Hann Casino Resort and future Hann Lux property in the Philippines. (Image: Manila Bulletin)

Hann Reserve is the second major announcement this week from Hann Resorts, which opened its first casino in Clark late last year. Hann says the reserve’s three golf courses will span more than 1,100 acres of remote land located about seven air miles north of Hann Casino Resort.

Hann Resorts announced earlier this week a second casino in the Freeport called Hann Lux. The 500-room gaming property will be located adjacent to the Hann Casino Resort.

Hann Reserve’s three golf courses are set to become the first courses in the Philippines to be affiliated with the PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association).

We first gave you the ultimate millionaire playground at Hann Casino Resort and we won’t stop there. said Hann Resorts CEO Daesik Han.

Jack Nicklaus’ company, Nicklaus Design, has been contracted to lay out the first 18 holes of Hann Reserve. South Korea’s KJ Choi, arguably the most successful male golfer ever to emerge from Asia, will shape the second, and Sir Nick Faldo will design the third.

Golfer’s paradise

Hann Reserve is part of the company’s $2 billion investment in the Clark area. In addition to golf courses, Hann Reserve will include a luxury hotel, private residences, mixed-use properties and a 25-acre park.

While golf has exploded across much of Asia over the past two decades, the game hasn’t taken hold in the Philippines compared to South Korea, Malaysia, China, Thailand and Vietnam. .

Golfers are considered high value tourists with high spending budgets. Research shows that travelers who play golf while visiting Asia spend more than double the average tourist. But although the Philippines offers more than 100 golf courses, the nation still doesn’t resonate as a golf destination in the eyes of most golf travelers around the world.

But as has been the case in the United States and elsewhere around the world, golf in the Philippines has seen a boom amid COVID-19. Golf was one of the few sports in the country allowed to be played almost throughout the pandemic, as it is ideal for social distancing and is played outdoors.

Han hopes to make Clark a golfer’s paradise.

“Our goal is to meet the needs of local and overseas golfers, as well as enthusiasts, by providing a world-class venue that one would expect from the PGA brand,” Han said.

Clark’s Past

The Clark Freeport Zone is the former Clark Air Base, which was run by the United States Air Force under the Pacific Air Forces during World War II and the Vietnam War. After the military base was decommissioned in 1991, the Philippines renovated the facility into Clark International Airport and the surrounding base in the Freeport area.

As a designated freeport, the special economic zone offers developers little or no tax liability in exchange for economic investments. The zones are governed by the Philippine Economic Zones Authority and the Department of Commerce and Industry.