‘No opportunity to take a breath’ at mountainous Jangsu course


‘No opportunity to take a breath’ at mountainous Jangsu course
Sean Dudley
By Adam Lawrence

American architect Jim Engh has opened his first course in South Korea. The Jangsu Golf Resort course, located in the countryʼs North Jeolla Province, is around three hours south of Seoul.

Jangsu is a daily fee course, and, like many of Enghʼs other projects around the world, occupies rugged mountain terrain.

“Although we have been involved with many projects of a rugged nature, Jangsu was extreme even by our standards,” said Engh. “However, my partner Mitch Scarborough and I viewed this as a potential for great fun and excitement on the golf course. I have always said that the things that make a project difficult to build are the things that make it exciting to play. We chose to use the natural valleys and ridges to play up, down and across this exciting land. I believe that it is unlike any other course in South Korea.”

“If I had to be totally truthful, I would admit that the course might be too exciting,” the architect added. “It is raw adventure on every hole, with no real chance to take a breath. Then again, maybe that is what resort golf is supposed to be. That is a tough call! I do know that Mitch and I are very proud of our work at Jangsu.”