Project to enhance playability at Whistling Rock reaches completion


Project to enhance playability at Whistling Rock reaches completion
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

Golf course architect Eric Iverson has completed a year-long project at Whistling Rock Country Club in Chuncheon, South Korea.

Part of the team at Renaissance Golf Design, Iverson has made a series of refinements and changes to the Cocoon and Temple nines at Whistling Rock.

The club, which is located around a hour northwest of Seoul, is home to 27 holes all originally designed by Ted Robinson.

Much of Iverson’s work has focused on enhancing the playability of the Cocoon and Temple nines, and aimed to soften greens while creating additional hole locations.

The recent work focused primarily on six specific holes. The eighth on the Temple nine was converted from a par three to a par four, while the ninth hole has shortened from a par four to a par three.

Selected fairways were widened and reshaped. Certain bunker locations were changed while others were removed from the course completely.

Seven greens were also reshaped to provide space for more pin positions.

“The original greens at Whistling Rock were really artfully done, but some ended up being a little steep when matched with the superior turf conditions the club presents,” said Iverson. “Walking that fine line is something that we have a great deal of experience with, and I feel we addressed this issue while keeping the club’s adopted mandate of a harmony of art and nature as the priority.”