Camp John Hay used to be the rest and recreational facility for employees of the military and Department of Defense of the United States. This 690-hectare home was turned over to the Philippine authorities in July 1, 1991 and was initially administered by the Philippine Tourism Authority and then turned to the Bases Conversion Development.
The facility, which was named after U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt’s secretary of war, was used by the Japanese as a concentration camp for American and British soldiers during the war. Its name was changed to Club John Hay after it was turned over to the Philippine federal government. For the first time in its history the facility was open to the public in 1991 and converted into a recreational complex. It used to end up being off-limits to Filipinos, except for the privileged few who could get entry passes from its former American administrators.
Ahead of its turnover to the Philippine government, there were 290 fully-furnished areas in the different cottages, duplexes, apartments, and lodges which are distributed in different locations around the complex. It even got a “Honeymoon Cottage” that was rented out to newlyweds who come up to Baguio because of their honeymoon. Some of these billeting devices were equipped with color television models, refrigerators, and cooking facilities. Each unit has a fireplace to keep you warm during the months of December, January and February when the weather in Baguio is fairly chilly and cold.
For those interested in playing golf, Camp John Hay includes a 5,330-yard, 18-hole, par-68 golf course which is one of the best in the country. There is a new golf clubhouse which has a restaurant and function rooms that cater to golfers, visitors, as well as the local citizens of Baguio. Around the complex right now there are beautiful gardens, picnic areas, parks, an ampitheater, and trekking trails that wind through the rolling hills and pine trees within the former military reservation.