Ilocos Norte seeks developer to revive glory of Paoay golf course
LAOAG CITY – The Ilocos Norte government plans to revive the old
grandeur of an 18-hole golf course built along the legendary Paoay
Lake in Suba village, Paoay, Ilocos Norte.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP or Provincial Board) unanimously
approved on Monday a resolution strongly requesting the Tourism
Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), through its
Chief Operating Officer Pocholo Paragas to rehabilitate and develop
the Paoay Golf Course.
According to Provincial Board Member Ramon Gaoat, who is one of the
resolution sponsors, the Paoay Golf Course used to host a number of
golf players, particularly Korean, Japan and Chinese nationals, but it
has waned when chartered flights to he Laoag International Airport
To attract more tourists and investors, Gaoat said there is a need to
further develop tourism infrastructure and create more jobs for the
The provincial government also bared plans to lease the abandoned
Paoay Golf Course to interested stakeholders who may be willing to
invest on its improvement.
Gaoat said talks are underway with some Korean investors for the
establishment of a Golf Academy in Suba village.
Once restored, Gaoat said, the Paoay Golf Course will further boost
the tourism industry in Paoay town with the increasing number of local
and domestic tourists visiting the province all year round.
During the Holy Week, the Ilocos Norte Tourism Office recorded about
500,000 tourists in the province and the number is likely to double in
Among the top 10 destinations in Ilocos Norte include the UNESCO-World
Heritage Site of St. Augustine Church in Paoay, the towering windmills
of Bangui, the Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud, the Kapurpurawan White Rocks
Formation and Cape Bojeador in Burgos, La Milagrosa Cove and gateway
in Badoc, the Marcos Heritage Trail, the Davila seafood area in
Pasuquin, the Batac riverside empanada, and the Immaculate Concepcion
Parish in Batac, Ilocos Norte.
Other alternative destinations are likewise being developed in each
town and city of the province to encourage visitors to come back and
ensure steady flow of tourists in this northern gateway of Luzon.