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5 Favorite Hangouts of Manila's Elite

Can you guess how much admission is?
5 Favorite Hangouts of Manila's Elite Can you guess how much admission is?

When the wealthy want to unwind, they look for a place closer to home but still feels like a getaway - a.k.a. a country club. These adult playgrounds allow them access to various amenities from salon services to sporting activities, and of course, comfort food prepared just the way they like it. Here we round up 5 premier country clubs with that highly coveted membership spot:

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Manila Polo Club

The Manila Polo Club has been a favourite hang-out spot of Manila’s elite since its establishment in 1909 by US Commissioner of Commerce and Police William Cameron Forbes. Today, politicians, socialites, business tycoons, and their families enjoy its various dining and sports venues. The best spot to people watch would have to be the cogon huts, which have a view of the Enrique Zobel field, and a Mongolian buffet on the weekends.

Transfer fee: P560,000 for new members (inclusive of VAT)

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Ayala Alabang Country Club

This massive 74-hectare development located conveniently inside Ayala Alabang Village has been the favoured hangout of the village’s younger crowd, where they enjoy long afternoons of doing absolutely nothing with their peers. Meanwhile, their dads get to enjoy its par 72 golf course. Sweet!

Transfer fee: P168,000

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The Palms Country Club

Fully equipped with a gym, 8 dining outlets, a salon, two covered and two open tennis courts, a rock climbing wall, and other facilities, the Palms Country Club serves as a watering hole where families and friends gather to unwind.

Transfer fee: available upon request

Wack Wack Golf & Country Club

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The Wack Wack Gold & Country Club was established in 1930 by William J. Shaw and is one of the oldest member’s only clubs in Manila. The club boasts of two 18-hole championship courses and was previously home to the Philippine Golf Open Championships.

Transfer fee: P168,000 (inclusive of 12% VAT)

The Country Club at Tagytay Highlands

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The Country Club at Tagaytay Highlands is a leisurely escape away from the Metro. Members get to fully enjoy all the facilities within the three-storey building which includes a 14-lane disco bowling center, indoor squash courts, and a log-cabin-esque steakhouse. The little ones go gaga riding the cable cars.

Transfer fee: P120,000.00

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