Constructed along a rocky cliff on the remote southwest coast of the Korean peninsula, the Pine Beach course was developed by the Seoul-based Hanyang Corporation and designed by David Dale of Golfplan, opening in 2009.
Situated on a spectacular site in Haenam, near Gwangju, the course is laid out with ten of its holes precariously perched on a jagged coastline where smaller peninsulas extend 200 metres into the sea.
All eighteen fairways were routed to take full advantage of the site’s remarkable geographical attributes, with the architect taking every opportunity to expose the course to the water’s edge.
As a prime example of this, on the 430-yard 16th, where the Yellow Sea lies along the right side of the fairway, a retaining wall was built to allow a tee placement right on the edge of the cliffs, creating a wonderful water carry.The inland holes are pretty special too and the architect argues they’re as important as the show stoppers on the coast: “When you get a peek at the sea from the elevated tee box at hole 3, for example, it's thrilling. From the 5th green you get the first full panorama of the ocean holes you're about to play at holes 7 to 9, plus the 17th and 18th beyond. You just don't get that sort of anticipatory moment at any course without serious elevation changes inland.”