Jack Nicklaus Korea - South Korea

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


  • +82 32 850 8061


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: 7 out of 10 Reviews: 2
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Kimi Hoshiyama

Jack Nicklaus GC Korea is a relatively flat course that is located near the sea. While the ocean is only partially visible from the second hole and new buildings surround the course, the scenery of these building blends quite well with the modern look of the course. The biggest feature of the course is the multiple water hazards that come into play throughout. The course makes good use of the hazards as they balance out the eight large and small ponds. Of the four par 3s, three of them are over a lake.

Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea

The club uses bent grasses from the tees all the way to the greens, and the maintenance of the grasses is quite spectacular. While there are no weak holes, it is also balanced out with short and long par 3s and par 4s. All par 5s are risk/reward holes. At the time of the course’s opening in 2010, the greens had more severe undulations. However, just before the hosting of Asia’s first Presidents Cup in 2015, the slopes of each green were revised to become more gradual, allowing more pinnable areas. All green complexes are quite nice. Holes 13, 14, 15 combine for an excellent stretch.

The par 4 372-yard 14th is a signature hole and relatively short par four with a dogleg to the left. The fairway is divided into two by a creek. The fairway on the left side is much narrower and requires a carry of 240 yards in order to cross over a lake. If successful, the rest of the hole becomes a straight and easy up & down for a birdie. White the tee shot is demanding; the second becomes quite easy. Hitting towards the fairway on the right side is a safer route as the fairway is wider. However, if the pin is placed in the front, this route becomes much tougher, since the front of the green faces a creek. It is safer to aim towards the back left of the green, but there will few birdies from there, which means that while the tee shot is easy, the second will become very difficult depending on the pin position… it’s an excellent “risk and reward” hole. To read more about Jack Nicklaus GC Korea, click here to visit my website.

September 19, 2020
8 / 10
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David Davis

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!

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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.

June 24, 2016
6 / 10
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