Jack Nicklaus Korea - South Korea

Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea,
117 Song-do Dong,
Yeonsu-Gu,
Incheon,
South Korea


  • +82 32 850 8061

  • Peter Wood

  • Jack Nicklaus

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One of a number of South Korean enterprises that Nicklaus Design has been involved in since the opening of the Golden Bear’s Mountain and Lake nines at Phoenix Park in 1998, the 18 holes at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea are situated within a modern residential development in the Songdo International Business District.

Songdo is an ambitious multi-billion dollar “smart city” project which lies just over an hour’s drive from Seoul, on the shores of the East China Sea and it utilises more than 1,500 acres of reclaimed land along the Incheon waterfront.

A substantial amount of soil was shifted to shape the fairways here and the course is set out in two returning nines, named Urban and Links, with holes on each circuit routed around sizeable housing components.

Water hazards form an integral part of the strategic test and over half the holes on the card feature ponds or lakes that come into play either off the tee or close to the green.

In October 2015, golfers worldwide enjoyed the course at close quarters on television when the International Team played the United States Team in the 11th edition of the Presidents Cup. The US team won for the sixth successive time with a 15½–14½ victory.

The Jack Nicklaus Korea course will also host the UL International Crown on the LPGA Tour in 2018; it’s the first time the event has been staged outside the USA.

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Description: The 18 holes at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea are situated within a modern residential development in the Songdo International Business District. Rating: 4 out of 6 Reviews: 1

One night and one day in Seoul, what do you do? Let some golf business friends from Korea take you to one of the high-end courses in the area.

From what I’ve understood Jack Nicklaus actually showed up to sign off on this routing and collect 2 million USD for the use of his name. Amazing!

Jack Nicholas Korea Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

This course is really a bit of a city course, surrounded by buildings and full of artificial features given the site would have been completely flat. Think everything from fountains to waterfalls to manmade water hazards to large rocks that were trucked in to be stacked up and line the water hazards.

Most of the greens are raised and extremely undulated, a bit overdone in my opinion. As a whole it wouldn’t be a design I’m really fond of or would go out of my way to visit. It was fun and we had a great group of guys to play. The tempo of the round was surprisingly quick for a 4 ball and there was no waiting at all. That was really nice.

It’s the kind of routing that is very difficult to remember when you are finished, there was not many holes that stick out or holes where you say to yourself, wow!

In the end I’d give it a solid 5 out of 10 I guess.

Jack Nicholas Korea Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

The rest of the facilities there were literally amazing, the clubhouse in Korean private club fashion was enormous, the restaurant and the service everywhere was as good as you can find. The traditional Jacuzzi after the round was also very luxurious indeed.

Given the experience is so unique I’d recommend it, though not really for the golf which as said is average but the complete experience at this type of high-end members club in Korea is very special.

In the end I’d give it a solid 5 out of 10 I guess.

The rest of the facilities there were literally amazing, the clubhouse in Korean private club fashion was enormous, the restaurant and the service everywhere was as good as you can find. The traditional Jacuzzi after the round was also very luxurious indeed.

Given the experience is so unique I’d recommend it, though not really for the golf which as said is average but the complete experience at this type of high end members club in Korea is very special.

4 / 6
Jack Nicklaus Korea
June 24, 2016


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