May debut for new Korean course

May debut for new Korean course
Sean Dudley

The new 360˚ Country Club in Korea is set to open on 14 May.

The course, designed by Brian Costello of JMP Golf Design, has five sets of tees ranging from 7,036 yards to 5,015 yards. Costello has been working on the project since the inception of the design process in the summer of 2006.

“360˚ Country Club addresses a niche in the Korean market by providing a genuine private club experience at a public venue,” he said. “Each player is made to feel like a member-for-a-day with all of the services, amenities and exceptional golf values typically found at an exclusive membership club. There is tremendous demand for this type of facility offering a high-quality golf experience without having to commit to joining a private club.”

Located an hour southeast of Seoul near the town of Yeoju, the course is situated on a forested mountainside. Costello said he routed the to take advantage of this environment and allow golfers to experience the contrast of dramatic vistas of the surrounding forest and distant hills as well as more intimate and secluded valley settings. Many of the holes feature meandering creeks, cascading waterfalls and tranquil lakes that not only add visual stimulus but add strategic obstacles.

For more on 360˚ Country Club, see the feature on tough sites on in GCA issue 28, published April 2012.