South Korea

South Korea is a mountainous country with dozens of National and Provincial Parks that are renowned for their natural beauty and ancient temples. Given South Korea’s mountainous terrain, it's surprising that the country can boast more than 500 golf courses, so there’s plenty of action going on to keep the travelling golfer happy. Factor in a rich cultural heritage and a number of historic and religious festivals celebrated throughout the year and you have a truly exciting country.

K.J. Choi was a role model for thousands of Asian golfers, but golf in South Korea took off like a rocket after Yang Yong-eun, or Y.E. Yang as he is better known, became the first male player born in Asia to win a major. Yang literally lit the Asian golfing touch paper after winning the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National.

Of course, South Korean female golfers have dominated the ladies' professional game for a number of years now, contributing around 40% of the women in the official World Top 100 rankings at any given time. Inbee Park may not always retain the number 1 ranking but who would bet against her failing to add more Major titles to the seven that she'd already captured by the end of 2015?

Our South Korean Top 40 rankings were last updated in March 2018. Click the link to read the story.



Top 100 Golf Courses - South Korea

South Cape Owners Club

1st South Korea Ranking

The course at South Cape Owners Club is a Kyle Phillips design, set out on a dramatic cliff top property, with ocean views available from all eighteen golf holes.

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Description: The course at South Cape Owners Club is a Kyle Phillips design, set out on a dramatic cliff top property, with ocean views available from all eighteen golf holes. Rating: 6 out of 6

Nine Bridges

2nd South Korea Ranking

The Club at Nine Bridges is located on Jeju Island, the volcanic island south of South Korea’s continental landmass sometimes referred to as Korea’s Maui.

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Description: The Club at Nine Bridges is located on Jeju Island, the volcanic island south of South Korea’s continental landmass sometimes referred to as Korea’s Maui. Rating: 5 out of 6

Whistling Rock (Temple & Cocoon)

3rd South Korea Ranking

In a feat of major engineering expertise, three quarters of a million cubic metres of rock was blasted to create the three nines at the very hilly, 425-acre, Whistling Rock property...

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Woo Jeong Hills

4th South Korea Ranking

Woo Jeong Hills Country Club was opened in 1993 and is as close as you can find in Asia to a big, brutish, US tournament golf course.

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Description: Woo Jeong Hills Country Club was opened in 1993 and is as close as you can find in Asia to a big, brutish, US tournament golf course. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Jade Palace (West & East)

5th South Korea Ranking

Built for Hanwha Group, one of Korea’s biggest engineering and construction companies, the course at Jade Palace Golf Club was designed by Harley Kruse from the Greg Norman Design team, opening in 2004.

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Jack Nicklaus Korea

6th South Korea Ranking

The 18 holes at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea are situated within a modern residential development in the Songdo International Business District.

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Description: The 18 holes at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea are situated within a modern residential development in the Songdo International Business District. Rating: 4 out of 6

Pine Beach (Pine & Beach)

7th South Korea Ranking

David Dale of Golfplan laid out Pine Beach Golf Links along a rocky cliff top. Some have described it as Asia’s version of Pebble Beach and the par three 15th bears a striking resemblance to Cypress Point’s 16th.

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Anyang Country Club

8th South Korea Ranking

Anyang Country Club, formerly known as Anyang Benest Golf Club is cut through mature trees, which not only prove a challenge for the crooked driver but also brilliance of seasonal colour.

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Trinity Club

9th South Korea Ranking

Billionaire Lee Myung-hee commissioned Tom Fazio II to design the course at the ultra-exclusive Trinity Club near Seoul, which opened for play in 2012.

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Wellington (Griffin & Wyvern)

10th South Korea Ranking

Built by the Hyosung Group, one of Korea’s largest industrial conglomerates, the three 9-hole circuits at Wellington Country Club are named after the Greek mythological creatures of the Griffin, Phoenix and Wyvern.

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