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Dakak golf course ready for the world

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THE most unique golf course in the world will be fully operational in the first quarter of 2020.

This was revealed by Dakak Golf Club president Rick Gibson after numerous inquiries from interested clubs and tournament organizers.

“Due to unexpected rock formations located on hole number 11, our previously planned Chairman’s Cup event slated for late November will move to a date near the end of the first quarter of 2020, with a final date to be announced at a later time,” said Gibson, a veteran Asian Tour winner.

“In this past weeks, the Habagat winds have been replaced by Amihan breezes and morning rain showers to help with our newly turfed areas on the ‘Ocean 9’ at Dakak Golf Club. The ‘Ocean 9’ has four holes available for play by our members, guests and staff and comments thus far include scenic and demanding!”

Started five years ago with Greg Norman as designer, the course’s front nine has been in play for over three years. Seven of Dakak’s front nine face the sea, and the entire course has a record stretch of ocean in play.

There are almost no man-made structures on the entire par 72 course, which is adjacent to the picturesque Dakak Beach Resort, a mere 20-minute drive from Dipolog Airport. A newly renovated number 5 fairway will reopen for the November 23 Monthly Medal tournament. Selected Ocean 9 holes will be included as well. Further improved drainage has been done on the ‘Hillside 9’.

A new maintenance program has been implemented, and additional maintenance equipment have been procured, and additional personnel have been hired to aid in the goal of making Dakak Golf Club to become world-class golf experience within a world-class beach resort.

“The Golf Academy and Driving Range opening has been rescheduled to early 2020,” added Gibson. “Our construction demands on the ‘Ocean 9’ is keeping our personnel and earth moving equipment busy.”

On November 23, Dakak Golf will hold the fifth edition of its Monthly Medal tournament for 2019, to coincide with the birthday celebrations for Dakak Beach Resort Chairman Emeritus Romeo Jalosjos and Dakak Golf Chairman Cesar Jalosjos.

When completed, Dakak will have a record of almost two miles of coastline in play. In some places, players have an ocean view on both sides of the fairway. In others, they will have to drive the ball across water to land on the green. Players have been known to take longer playing at Dakak, stopping to take pictures with the picturesque backgrounds around them.

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