Twenty years ago, when Rico Tantoco acquired the property now known as the Sta. Elena Golf and Country Club, he assumed that someday some families would desire to escape from the frenzies of the city and come home to a home away from home.

He imagined a place that felt like you were out in the country but just minutes away from the city. Naturally, his plan to create this country escape consisted of three things he loves very much: golf, trees and water, family.

An award-winning-all-weather golf course started off the development and is complemented by hardwood trees and the thriving nature sanctuary. This respect for the environment is something very close to Rico's heart because he is a forester and a nature lover. He envisioned beautiful homes on generously sized lots that would allow families to connect to their loved ones in nature.

In photo: Bebo Quiros, Mr. Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Rico Tantoco

What we see today is a well thought-out and zoned community that once was part
of Hacienda Sta. Elena, the sugar estate of the Yulo-Quiros family. Sta. Elena Golf
and Country Club continuously evolves to be a place of fairways, forests, lagoons
and river streams, and also good food. It is a natural masterpiece where nature was
not rushed and where the soul of the land was respected and allowed to grow with
the guidance from the people who passionately tilled it. Truly an oasis, that
provides one the luxury of living with soul.

Golf Digest