In 2011, the 18-hole layout at Hill de Loci Country Club was set out across a large, 555-acre property by Orange Engineering, a South Korean company well versed in designing, constructing, managing and maintaining golf courses.
The golf facility sits within the vast densely forested landscape that lies to the east of Seoul and the two nines at the club – Birch and Pine – are well named because their fairways were literally carved from the woodland surroundings.
Water also comes into play at more than half the holes, with small lakes separating adjacent fairways on a number of holes. The par three 5th on the Birch nine plays to a spectacular peninsula green, with the par five 9th measuring a gargantuan 678 yards.
On the Pine nine, the par five 14th is a tough nut to crack, doglegging right to the green after an intimidating tee shot across a water-filled gully, while the downhill 18th has water to the right of the fairway all the way from the elevated tee to the home green.
Starting in 2012, Hill de Loci hosted the now defunct KLPGA Nefs Masterpiece event for three years before the club was then held the Nefs Heritage competition on the Korea Tour in 2016.