2016 POWER  6A. 10. SOUTH KOREA — Jeju Island Nine Bridges Golf Club



South Korea


Nine Bridges Golf Club




The best course in Korea, Nine Bridges is located on Jeju Island, two hours from Seoul.  Opened in 2001, it was the first club to host the LPGA in Korea, hosting the event four times from 2002 – 2005, and has been ranked 45 of the top 100 golf courses in the world by U.S. Golf Magazine.  Its 18 holes were designed by Ronald Fream and David Dale, who attempted to create a Scottish Highlands course.  Membership is restricted and is primarily Seoul-based, thus offering only limited access to non-members.  The course is laid out on land that meanders through rolling hills at the foot of Mt. Halla, South Korea’s tallest mountain at a height of 6,000 feet.


The nine holes of the Creek Course appear to be constantly in motion, veering right and left.  Landing zones are large, however the penalty for missing them can be huge, as water awaits, and there are more than 100 bunkers, among which are “revetted” bunkers – steep-faced canyons of sand, walled with bricks of sod.


The Highland Course of nine holes is surrounded by oak, maple and cryptomeria trees, while the interior consists of higher ground where long, open vistas filled with heather and bracken lend a Scottish flavor.  No two holes in succession move in the same direction, or therefore encounter the same wind, which is always prevalent on Jeju Island. 





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