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South Korea is a mountainous country with dozens of National and Provincial Parks that are renowned for their natural beauty and ancient temples. Given South Korea’s mountainous terrain, it's surprising that the country can boast more than 500 golf courses, so there’s plenty of action going on to keep the travelling golfer happy. Factor in a rich cultural heritage and a number of historic and religious festivals celebrated throughout the year and you have a truly exciting country.

It’s been said that golf was introduced to Korea in 1897 when a number of British people working with Korea’s Maritime Affairs and Tourism Organisation constructed a rudimentary 6-hole layout beside the Korean Customs Office.

Of course, with most Koreans regarding golf as a privilege enjoyed by important company executives and high-ranking military or government officials who conducted crucial business and matters of state in their private country clubs, the game remained a largely foreign sport to the local population right through both World Wars and the Korean War, right up until the 1980s.

A big turning point for Korean golf came in 1998 when Se-Ri Pak won both the LPGA Championship and US Open – the first of five Major Championship titles she would claim during her career – in her rookie season in the United States. Almost overnight, she became a national sporting hero, inspiring a whole new generation of young female golfers, aptly called Seri-Kids, who now dominate women’s golf.

Asia’s most successful male golfer, K. J. Choi, has been a leading role model for Korean players since early in the new millennium, winning eight of his twenty-nine worldwide professional titles on the PGA Tour. Although he won the Players Championship in 2011, he never managed a Major victory, unlike his compatriot Yang Yong-eun – better known as Y. E. Yang – who came from behind to beat Tiger Woods in the 2009 PGA Championship.

Our South Korean Top 50 rankings were last updated in March 2020. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - South Korea

South Cape Owners Club

1st South Korea Ranking

The course at South Cape Owners Club is a Kyle Phillips design, set out on a dramatic cliff top property, with ocean views available from all eighteen golf holes.

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Nine Bridges

2nd South Korea Ranking

The Club at Nine Bridges is located on Jeju Island, the volcanic island south of South Korea’s continental landmass sometimes referred to as Korea’s Maui.

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Anyang Country Club

3rd South Korea Ranking

Anyang Country Club, formerly known as Anyang Benest Golf Club is cut through mature trees, which not only prove a challenge for the crooked driver but also brilliance of seasonal colour.

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Jack Nicklaus Korea

4th South Korea Ranking

The 18 holes at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea are situated within a modern residential development in the Songdo International Business District.

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Woo Jeong Hills

5th South Korea Ranking

Woo Jeong Hills Country Club was opened in 1993 and is as close as you can find in Asia to a big, brutish, US tournament golf course.

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Wellington (Griffin & Wyvern)

6th South Korea Ranking

Built by the Hyosung Group, one of Korea’s largest industrial conglomerates, the three 9-hole circuits at Wellington Country Club are named after the Greek mythological creatures of the Griffin, Phoenix and Wyvern.

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Whistling Rock (Temple & Cocoon)

7th South Korea Ranking

In a feat of major engineering expertise, three quarters of a million cubic metres of rock was blasted to create the three nines at the very hilly, 425-acre, Whistling Rock property...

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Jade Palace (West & East)

8th South Korea Ranking

Built for Hanwha Group, one of Korea’s biggest engineering and construction companies, the course at Jade Palace Golf Club was designed by Harley Kruse from the Greg Norman Design team, opening in 2004.

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Haesley Nine Bridges

9th South Korea Ranking

The same design team that laid out the original Nine Bridges golf course on Jeju Island fashioned Haesley Nine Bridges...

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Pine Beach (Pine & Beach)

10th South Korea Ranking

Gary Roger Baird with David Dale of Golfplan laid out Pine Beach Golf Links along a rocky cliff top. Some have described it as Asia’s version of Pebble Beach and the par three 15th bears a striking resemblance to Cypress Point’s 16th.

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