Lanang Country Club ceased operations on July 31, 2008. A notice was published to the public stating as follow: “The Dakudao and Sons, Inc. cannot sustain the operation of the property as a golf club anymore. This property is just not viable as a golf course anymore”. “We sincerely appreciate your patronage through all these years. In the almost 3 decades that Lanang Country Club has been operating, we hope to have touched your lives in a positive way. We hope to be of service to you in some other capacity in the future. Thank you very much.”
Summer of 2009, SM Prime Holdings announced that it will soon open an SM City Mall branch in Lanang. In an interview with Debby Go in April of 2009, SM regional manager for Mindanao, confirmed that it will be constructed at the Lanang Golf and Country Club site.
In June 2009, SM Investment Corporation (SMIC), a holding company of the SM Group through SMIC executive vice president and chief financial officer Jose Sio confirmed that the new mall that will rise in the former Lanang Country Club will be bigger than SM City Davao in Ecoland.
In November 16, 2009, reports obtained by Sun.Star Davao (as published on their newspaper and online portal) also showed that SM Lanang will be twice the size of SM City Davao and will be complemented by a residential condominium project of SM Development Corporation, the residential property developer arm of SM Investments Corporation.
By January 2011, 3 years after the closure of Lanang Country Club, full swing construction of SM Lanang began. In March 2011, Edge Davao (a local news outlet), reported that the gross floor area of SM Lanang is 175,000 sq.m. which is indeed twice the size of the existing SM City Davao in the Matina-Ecoland area. SM Cinema officially announced that it will have its first IMAX theater in Davao City at SM Lanang. While SMX Convention Specialist Corporation (SMX Corp.) is a subsidiary of the SM Hotels and Conventions Corporation also shared to the public the construction of SMX Convention Center within the complex. SM Hotels will also be bringing in an international hotel brand Park Inn by Radissons (luxurious yet affordable).
In August 2011, Teresita Sy-Coson, vice chairperson of SM Investments Corp. visited Davao City as a guest speaker during the 7th General Membership Meeting of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. She did not divulge figure as to investments in the on-going construction at the former Lanang Country Club, but she emphasized that they would follow green architectural designs.
As of this writing, SM Lanang is already taking shape. Below are some photo updates shared and posted online by other netizens. You would also see the supposed rendering of SM Lanang inside and out once completed.
And here are some artist’s perspectives inside SM Lanang courtesy of the design firm Point Design