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How the famous golf course in Clark, Pampanga is being transformed into more green practices

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Yuden Valdez Philstar.com

November 16, 2022 | 5:55 p.m

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Manila, Philippines – For golfers – whether amateur, amateur or professional – part of the fun of the sport is the tranquility of playing an 18-hole game amidst the vast green.

But whether golfers realize it or not, greener golf courses aren’t actually green. On average, it can consume a golf course million liters of water per day to irrigate their hectares of grass – with a negative impact on the environment.

Fortunately, changes are happening in the golf industry now. Here in the Philippines, the Mimosa Plus Golf Course in the Freeport Clarke District of Pampanga is taking the lead in sustainability.

Mimosa Plus aims to modernize and develop the golf course so that it becomes not only more playable, but ultimately more sustainable. This major renovation project started in 2016 under the direction of its new owner, Filinvest Group.

The Mountainview Course offers stunning views of the natural surroundings, from the running streams to the silhouette of Mount Arayat.

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Most famous for its countless century-old acacia trees, Mimosa Plus holds two 18-hole golf courses that wrap around these huge, shady trees – making it unique from other golf courses in the country. Although the Acacia Trail is currently closed, the Mountain View Trail is operational and provides stunning views of the natural surroundings, from the running streams to the silhouette of Mount Arayat.

The golf course itself is designed and built around the natural layout of the grounds and not a single acacia tree has been cut down since its opening.

So, taking this green effort to the next level, the new Filinvest-led management will also apply for certification from the Golf Environment Organization, a leading golf industry sustainability organization founded as early as 2006.

To achieve this, Mimosa Plus has replaced its grass with Zoysia from Thailand, which uses less water and less fertilizer. Not only is this grass strain less expensive, but it also reduces the environmental impact of the golf course.

A new and improved irrigation system has also been put in place, allowing Mimosa Plus to save up to 1,000 cubic liters of water since renovations began.

On top of its sustainability efforts, Mimosa Plus also takes pride in empowering the local community. The management hires and trains about 40 Aetas, the indigenous people of Pampanga, to assist with their livelihood.

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(From left) Chroma Hospitality Inc. Regional Director James Montenegro, Senior Vice President, Filinvest Hospitality Corporation, Francis Gutianon, Quest Plus Convention Center – Clark and Mimosa Plus Golf General Manager Michael Gabin

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Newly renovated club house

Mimosa Plus and Filinvest officials shared these plans last October at the opening of the newly renovated clubhouse golf course, which is also part of the renovation project.

Now with a brighter and more welcoming atmosphere, the Mimosa Plus Golf Clubhouse is complete with amenities such as shower rooms and walk-in closets for both male and female golfers. Haven like, each has a jacuzzi, powder area, and even a sauna.

There is also a new gym where golfers can warm up before playing, or continue their practice after matches. Also part of the clubhouse is a world-class professional store that carries golf equipment, sportswear, and footwear.

Now serving French cuisine

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Baker J’s opens at 6am, and is the perfect place to start a game of golf, or just to experiment The joy of livingin the French way.

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At the heart of the recently reopened Club is Baker J, which promises to provide the best and most complete French culinary experience for golfers and non-golfers alike.

“At Baker J, we take pride in the French culinary experience – from the sourcing of ingredients to the way food is prepared and presented to the culinary artistry of French chef Jean-Louise Lyon to the different types of cheese and wine used in cooking. Chroma Hospitality Country Director James Montenegro said, Taking everything else on its highest level.

Born and raised in France, Leon is also the Executive Chef of Quest Plus Clark. He whips up an all-day menu of comforting dishes, like eggs benedict, and exquisite dishes, like duck confit. Most importantly, it promises to preserve the freshest ingredients from Pampanga, the country’s culinary capital.

Of course, French pastries are like the stars of the menu. These include the crisp and flaky croissant, the Petite Madeleine (made using traditional techniques) and the indulgent Kouign-Amann also known as “butter bun”.

The restaurant offers a menu of comforting and refined French dishes that underpin the freshest ingredients from Pampanga, the country’s culinary capital.

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All-day breakfast options include Eggs Benedict, which you can enjoy with sautéed spinach or with smoked salmon, and savory and savory Shakshuka and mouthwatering Spicy Beef & Lamb Sausages. Must-try items from the new menu include French Coq Au Vin from Burgundy, Baker J’s Confit de Canard made with duck croquettes, and Pan-Seared Salmon Steak with Ratatouille, among others.

The French Café also makes signature drinks, from refreshing summer drinks to detox options, espresso and frappe, and even mocktails and cocktails.

Baker J’s opens at 6am, and is the perfect place to start a game of golf, or just to experiment The joy of livingin the French way.

Under Quest Plus Clark is Baker J Clark, an excellent hotel run by Chroma Hospitality. It first opened as a virtual pastry shop in 2020 in response to the pandemic. Its first branch is located in Crimson Filinvest City Alabang.

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