Renaissance Golf Design’s Eric Iverson to advise on Whistling Rock changes


Renaissance Golf Design’s Eric Iverson to advise on Whistling Rock changes
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

Eric Iverson is to lead a project that will alter elements of the golf course at Whistling Rock Country Club in South Korea.

Vice president of Tom Doak’s Renaissance Golf Design, Iverson will work to enhance the strategic value of the course, while also looking to improve the variety and playability of the original Ted Robinson design.

“The greens at Whistling Rock were really artfully done, but there are some that 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 felt we could address this issue and add strategy and variety at the same time.” 

First opened in 2011, Whistling Rock is home to 27 holes of golf and is located about an hour’s drive north of the South Korean capital Seoul.

The club has devised a long-term plan to maximise the potential of the entire property, including the golf course, which led to Iverson being invited to review the course.

“We asked Eric to evaluate the quality and quantity of ‘thinking’ that the golfer may face on each shot of each hole,” said David Fisher, vice president of Whistling Rock. “We have an amazing environment for golf and a solid routing, but the strategic element of the golf was where we felt we needed a fresh perspective.” 

The project will not effect the original design, but will players will notice the subtle alterations once work is complete. The changes are scheduled to be finished later this year.

Photo: Joann Dost