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Once used for rest and recreation by the United States Armed Forces in the Philippines during the early 1900’s, Camp John Hay is now one of the major tourist attractions for the renowned city in the sky: Baguio.

Named for then Secretary of Defense John Milton Hay, the site was also utilized during the World War II as a Japanese concentration camp. It was formally turned over by the United States during 1991 and has since been run by Filipinos. Nowadays, Camp John Hay boasts a number of attractions, its major one being the outstanding and well-kept par-68 golf course that is considered as one of the best in the Philippines. The golf course which was designed by Jack Niclaus extends to more than 5,000 yards has been the site for the Fil-Am Golf Tournament celebrated yearly.

Aside from the fully equipped golf course however, this veritable paradise also caters to other tastes aside from the golf enthusiasts. Situated in the grounds are restaurants, hotels and shopping centers. Beautifully blended with these modern luxuries are structures built to resemble as much of the original design as possible.

For exercise, this little taste of America offers hiking trails that goes around the complex. With the cool air caressing the skin, hiking within the grounds becomes more of a pleasurable pastime than a strenuous physical workout. For added enjoyment, pack a camera and take your time taking pictures of the enchanting gardens surrounding the area. Picnics are also welcome with a spot specifically saved for such excursions. The stretch of greenery cooling to the eye is sure to add to the appetite right after or even before an invigorating trek. Restaurants of course which offer a variety of foods to tease the taste buds are also a viable option.

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