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.
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.
Date: September 19, 2020