Cloud nine for Whistling Rock


Cloud nine for Whistling Rock
Sean Dudley

All 27 holes at Whistling Rock Country Club in South Korea are now in play, with the club having opened its final nine holes, named ‘Cloud’.

The course has been designed by Californian architect Ted Robinson Jr, and is located in the mountainous resort area of Chuncheon.

A highlight of the new 3,646-yard loop is the third hole, a 409-yard par four that climbs through forest to a wooded hillside green. A greenside waterfall flows into a stream that creates a strategic hazard for the approach shot.

Robinson’s favourite par three is the 248-yard eighth, which is tucked into a hillside. The long par three’s green is guarded by a trio of bunkers.

The Cloud joins the Cocoon and Temple loops, each incorporating a small tea house that carries the theme of the nine.

Whistling Rock is an upscale private club that has been developed by Donglim Leisure Development, part of a leading South Korean conglomerate with holdings in textiles, chemical, industry, cable television and insurance.

The clubhouse was designed by Francine Houben of Macanoo Architects in Delft, The Netherlands.