Philippine Tennis Courts?

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  1. AngeloDS

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    I know a few members here have been to the Philippines and played on some of the tennis courts there.

    I'm going to be heading there around October/November. I was curious on where some of the best tennis courts are? How popular is it? I'm going to be staying around the Pampanga province (San Fernando to specific).

    I'm going to head up to Manila for a week to meet up with friends. I'm pretty sure there will be tennis courts there.
     
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  2. Taram_Nifas

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    I'm originally from Cebu, so I don't know any tennis courts outside of there, but if the same truths about the tennis courts in Cebu are also present in the rest of the country, then I would say the best tennis courts are probably located within the various resorts.
     
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  3. mabuhay

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    wait for Noelle, i'm pretty sure she knows some courts in Manila :)
     
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  4. rtm

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    Tennis courts in Manila that I know:

    Hard:
    Rizal Collesium near Harrison Plaza Manila
    Manila Polo Club
    Manila Hotel

    Grass:
    Westin Philippine Plaza (CCP Manila)
    Magallanes Village, Makati

    Shell Court:
    Manila Polo Club
    Nomads Sports Club, Merville Sbdv. Paranaque
    Valle Verde Village, Pasig
     
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  5. Noelle

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    I only know about a few courts in Quezon City. The following are the ones I know that are accessible to the public on a walk-in basis. PhilAm Homes on West Avenue has four shell courts. The UP Diliman Tennis Club has three shell courts and three hard courts.

    The other set of courts (by the Shopping Center) on the UP Diliman campus must be reserved beforehand at the College of Human Kinetics. There are two clay courts and one hard court.

    Apart from those, rtm has given an excellent list, though I haven't been to any of those places. Down south in Alabang, the Alabang Country Club has three kinds of surfaces, I think. You will need to know a member and enter the club as their guest, though.
     
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  6. fist pump

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    i nplay there at the manila polo club - on the shell courts .
    you can even get a hitting partner at your level .

    court fees , ball boys , and hitting partner fees are fairly cheap.
     
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  7. flynhi

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    Most decent courts are in private villages or country clubs. Best thing to do is network and meet a member, then get invited to play at one. The fees are very cheap even for a guest. On the high end you'll pay $5 bucks an hour, plus another $1 dollar for the ball boy, who actually makes all the lines calls as well.

    In the San fernando/Angeles area there is a popular shell court club (shell is the local version of clay), around 4 courts, called either Gloria Villa or Villa Gloria. A lot of local tournaments are held there. About 45 minutes away is Subic Bay which has excellent public hard courts, including a stadium court. The rate for the courts here are about $2-3 hr, $1 for the ball boy, and the hitting partner / local pro will go anywere from $5-10.

    In Manila, there are those mentioned in a prior post, although I think the only grass courts left are south of Manila at a club called Southwoods. In metro Manila there is the Makati Sports Club which has indoor and outdoor hard courts, also PCA which has indoor and outdoor shell courts. Both of these are private clubs, but I believe they will allow you to hit with an instructor/hitting pro and pay the guest fees.

    Anyway, enjoy the PI.
     
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  8. tommygold

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    Philippine courts -other cities?

    I have played tennis in the Philippines at some university grounds and in Baguio for example. But what about courts in Siquijor island, Bohol island, Dumaguete, Boracay island, Puerto Galera, Camuigin island. Anyone knows how courts there look like? I will go to these places next year
     
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  9. ironchef21

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    I was in Dumaguete & Siquijor last summer but did not play.

    Siquijor - there are a couple of courts in Larena right across the university/college. If I recall they are clay and were in pretty decent condition by Filipino standards. They were pretty crowded when I was there last year.

    Dumaguete - I recall seeing courts at Siliman U. but didn't really get a good look at them.
     
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  10. rommil

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    From Bohol here originally but haven't been home for 2 years....word of advise though if you play on hard courts there and am pretty sure it is mostly same at any part of the country. Most of the hard courts there are concrete courts and painted over so the ball slides and bounces QUICK. Maybe in some resorts they have slower courts but it will definitely be a faster court than what you are used to.
     
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  11. Oibaf

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    This reply maybe too late but what the heck. I live in Q.C. I'm still a beginner. I play at the meralco tennis court along ortigas avenue. It's a shell court (local for clay). It cost P180. Another one is located at Valle Verde 2. This one is a hard court and it's for free.
     
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  12. junbug

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    i used to play on the hard courts inside what was the former subic naval base. former touring pro beeyong sison runs an academy there now. i used to teach there in the early to mid 80's as well. i teach tennis part time here in the US now.
     
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  13. junbug

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    playing on the clay/shell courts there is like playing the clay court event in hamburg, west germany.....really slow. patience is a must.
     
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  14. Mistermax808

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    Does anyone here still currently play tennis in Angeles City???......where are the courts?........How often do you play?
     
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  15. tacoben

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    I was in the Philippines about 6 years ago. There was a very nice tennis complex near Rockwell Center in Makati...and as I recall it was under a tent and are shell courts. Rockwell is a high end codo/shopping center complex catering to the elite or yuppie crowd.
     
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  16. Oibaf

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    oh yeah your right, i better check the place out. thanks for the info!
     
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  17. JRProstaf9

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    Havn't played on them but I remember Rizal Memorial Tennis Center having some very nice hard courts onsite...
     
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  18. Oibaf

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    Yep the courts there are usually used for national tournaments, ncaa and uaap games (collegiate level)
     
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  19. Oibaf

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    woops found out that it was already close to bad.
     
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  20. Oibaf

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    Hopefully our plans to play in Rizal Memorial this weekend would push thru. I'll post some pics if i get the chance.

    N.B.
    To all you guys looking for tennis courts and buddies in the Philippines, search for the forum Philippine Tennis Online or PTO, a very helpful forum.
     
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  21. aeropro

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    how was your play at Rizal Memorial? can you upload the pics? thanks.
     
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  22. The Don

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    OMG Thank you guys for this Thread. i know its old but very usefull im moving to Manila for College pretty soon and yea i want to play tennis there. But Thanks guys for the info:) Salamat
     
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  23. West Coast Ace

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    Just got back. Played mostly on the shell at the Polo Club. Very nice. I didn't think they were that slow. But it is incredibly humid because the courts are covered and very little air flows through the courts. After living in So Cal too long, the humidity in Manila is brutal (much worse than Orlando in May).

    Shangri-La Hotel in Makati also has two very well maintained courts - artificial grass with sand. Like the Polo Club, they have trainers and ball kids - and it's quite reasonable - and they will let non-hotel guests play if the courts are open. Because it's elevated, it is pretty windy.

    Also played once on the courts at Magallanes Village - they were also artificial grass with sand. So much sand that the footing was incredibly tricky, to the point of being dangerous.
     
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    Try the courts of Philippine Columbian Association (for shell courts) in Manila or Palms Country Club in Alabang for hard courts.
     
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    are extra-duty hard court balls fine to use on shell or is regular felt better?
     
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