Anyang Country Club was founded in 1968 and the mission was to create a wonderful new golf course (designed by Japanese architect Chohei Miyazawa) that would be as good as those in Europe, Japan and North America. Consequently Anyang is widely considered to be the Korean Home of Golf.
In 1996 the club changed its name to Anyang Benest Golf Club. The word Benest was derived from the combination of the words best and nest. Why? We’re not entirely sure, but the name Benest clearly did not catch on, so the club changed its name back to Anyang Country Club in 2013.
Robert Trent Jones Jnr was called in to renovate the layout; in 1997 a new, more challenging and strategic Anyang was reborn. Amazingly, the course was sown using its own unique grass, named Anyang Jungji, which grows densely and stands bolt upright so the ball sits invitingly on top.
The Anyang Country Club is run under the stewardship of Lee Byung-Chull, the founder of the Samsung Group, his objective was to create Korea’s best private golf club and a course that would inspire ordinary players rather than one intended for tournament play.
The course is cut through mature trees, which not only prove a challenge for the crooked driver but also brilliance of seasonal colour. This is a very special tract of land and it’s easy to see why locals call Anyang “Home”.
Anyang Country Club is considered to be the most prestigious club in Korea, and is a great parkland course with a relatively flat layout with only 10 meters (33 feet) of elevation change. When the course was first established in 1968, it spread out beautifully over the vast wilderness and there were no houses or buildings around the area. Nowadays various houses, buildings, and factories surround the course. However, the sections with poor scenery are blocked by tall trees making them completely invisible. Anyang CC is one of the flattest courses in Korea, and consists of a great routing, good flow from green to the next tee, and a very smooth and enjoyable walk throughout.
In 1997, RT Jones Jr. remodeled the course that was originally created by Mr. Chohei Miyazawa 50 years previously. The Japanese architect had adapted double greens for each hole, which was popular at that time in Japan in order to protect greens. However, RT Jones Jr. transformed them into one large and highly raised green, while the basic layout and routing of the holes were kept. He also converted the shape of each green to a more aesthetically wonderful look and feel. His upgrading includes newly built ponds on holes 6, 16, & 16, and the merger of two existing ponds on the par 3s 13 & 17 followed by spreading them closer to each green, and the various removals and additions of bunkers throughout the course. RT Jones Jr. remodeled Anyang CC to become a much more strategic and fun course to play. Various plants and trees, such as cherry blossoms, were planted and allowed the course to showcase a different appearance during each of the four seasons. This new transformation makes it feel that you are playing the course in a really beautiful garden.
The par 3 172-yard 17h is a beautiful signature hole that is played over a pond. The green, elevated and horizontally long with the concaved center, is protected by bunkers in the front and at the rear, and a blind pond to the right. To read more about Anyang CC, click here to visit my website.