Construction of the Splendido Taal golf course began in 1996 and was completed four years later in 2000. It has four sets of tees, namely: the gold tees for tour professionals, blue tees for regular men’s tees, white tees for seniors and red tees for the ladies. For those who are technically inclined, the yardages at Splendido are as follows: the gold tees are 6,997, the blue tees are 6,654, the white tees are 6,000 and the red tees are 5,530.
Splendido Taal is rated by the National Golf Association of the Philippines with the following: course rating for the blue tees - course rating: 70.2 / slope rating: 135. For white tees - course rating: 67.2 / slope rating: 129. For the red tees - course rating: 71.2 / slope rating: 128.
The Splendido Taal Golf Clubhouse provides golf club members and guests with facilities such as centrally air-conditioned men’s and ladies locker rooms equipped with individual showers, Jacuzzi, sauna and massage rooms.
Splendido Taal also provides practice putting greens, tee houses on the fairways and a pro-shop. The clubhouse boasts of two premiere culinary destinations in the Tagaytay Ridge area: the La Esquina Spanish Restaurant which sits in a scenic corner of the clubhouse; and the Ladera Golfers’ Lounge that is located on top of a small rise that provides a majestic view of the Taal Volcano and Taal Lake on one side and the greens and fairways of the Splendido Taal Golf Course on the other. Both restaurants cater to golf tournaments, wedding receptions, birthday parties, conferences/meetings, seminars and other special functions.
Ladera Golfer's Lounge
The door panels surrounding Ladera may be opened during good weather to allow the cool Tagaytay breeze to waft through the dining area. Patrons can take a stroll outside the restaurant to the adjoining veranda for dessert and coffee al fresco. The restaurant seats 120 persons inside its main dining area, and up to 150 persons should they also include seating in the veranda area.
The menu offerings at Ladera are more international in scope to better suit the varied tastes and preferences of golfers. At Ladera, one may partake of Tagaytay’s signature dish: ‘Bulalo’, which is a pot of braised bone-in beef shanks served with vegetables, or even some fusion dish such as ‘Peking Duck Mami’, ‘Chorizo Carbonara’ or ‘Philly Steak Pizza’.
Whether it is Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Italian or a fusion between east and west, modern or traditional, dining at Ladera will surely be a delight to the senses.
‘La Esquina’ is the Spanish term for ‘the corner’. The restaurant took its name from its strategic location in one corner of the golf clubhouse that provides patrons with a scenic view of the 9th green as it stretches majestically into the distance.
The restaurant comfortably seats 60 diners at a time in air-conditioned comfort, with an unparalleled view of the outlying golf course through panoramic floor-to-ceiling glass windows located on two of La Esquina’s outside walls.
A sneak peek at the restaurant’s menu will reveal a cornucopia of traditional Spanish dishes. For appetizers, La Esquina recommends the ‘Tigres’, fresh mussels stuffed with sautéed Spanish chorizo, aligue and shrimps topped with cheese and baked with a dash of paprika to give it that distinctive Spanish flavor; the ‘Batido de Sardinas’ or whipped cream and sardines blended into a pate and frivolously served on an upturned goblet with melba toast; and the ‘Alcachofas Infanta Leonor’ – heart of artichokes sautéed in butter with garlic and Spanish chorizo.
No self-respecting Spanish restaurant will be without its paella, and La Esquina boasts of three: The Paella ala Cristina that is named after JAKA Chairperson, Madame Cristina Ponce Enrile, the spicy Paella Negra made with squid and squid ink, and the Paella de Mariscos or seafood paella. The paellas at La Esquina follow the traditional recipes from Valencia, which requires the paella to be cooked slowly over low heat to produce a glutinous rice dish. The perfect accompaniment to any paella dish would be the Pollo Iberico, whole chicken roasted with caramelized garlic and potatoes.