Hwa San Country Club

Course Data
Location Seoul, Korea
Yardage 7043 yards, Par 72
Course Rating 73.6
Playing Date 4 Oct. 2005
Designer Lim Sang Ha
Opened 1996
Caddy Yes
Golf Cart Yes
Overall Rating 4.60
Course Layout
Difficulty Level
Greens Condition
Fairways Condition
Landscaping & Views
Level of Satisfaction

This is a beautiful hillside course in which the designer fully utilized the terrain’s potential and successfully created a distinctive 18 hole course. Moderate ups and downs signify each hole and each hole never gets old. Water comes into play only on Hole 1 and 18 but the hazards such as trees, ravines or bunkers are strategically placed on each hole. It also features big greens with delicate undulations.

A view

Natural waterfall next to the 12th hole

1st Par 5 583 yards

1st Par 5 583 yards (2)

1st Par 5 583 yards (1)
A “S” shaped hole with a sharp dogleg to the left and then a slight dogleg to the right. The second shot is downhill and a pond on the right come into play. The wide green is protected by deep bunkers on the front. The green slopes steeply to the front edge.
3rd Par 4 405 yards

3rd Par 4 405 yards (2)

3rd Par 4 405 yards (1)
A straight downhill hole. You should hit long on the second shot in order to avoid the deep bunkers guarding the front side of the very wide green.
6th Par 4 376 yards
A downhill, dogleg to the left. It is only 270 yards to the front edge of the green from the tee. A long hitter can reach the green in 1. However, if one hooks the ball even if only slightly, it could disappear into a ravine.

6th Par 4 376 yards (3)

6th Par 4 376 yards (2)

6th Par 4 376 yards (1)
7th Par 3 218 yards

7th Par 3 218 yards
A challenging hole. It is not only long but also guarded by OB on the left and trees on the right. It is needless to say that a precise shot is required on this demanding par 3. The green is big and double-tiered with strong undulations.

11th Par 3 212 yards

11th Par 3 212 yards (2)

11th Par 3 212 yards (1)
A par 3 with beautiful carves. There are no trees or bunkers around the green, which helps add emphasis the slightly elevated beautiful green. The green is double-tiered and slopes from the back to the front. Several mounds around the green look like miniatures of volcanic mountains that are exactly the name of this golf club, Hwasan.

13th Par 4 403 yards

13th Par 4 403 yards (2)

13th Par 4 403 yards (1)
A dogleg right with a gentle upslope. You should hit the left side of the fairway in order to have a clear view on the second shot by avoiding trees ahead on the right hand side. The big green is surrounded by bunkers.

14th Par 3 199 yards

14th Par 3 199 yards

A neat hole in wihich the right side and back of the green are surrounded by a huge bunker projecting an image of a desert. A pot bunker is superbly placed on the left of the green.

16th Par 4 407 yards
A straight hole. The fairway is narrow with a bunker on the left coming into play. The tee shot is demanding. The green is slightly elevated with a deep bunker guarding on the left.

16th hole ssen from the green

16th Par 4 407 yards (2)

16th Par 4 407 yards (1)
18th Par 4 464 yards

18th hole seen from the green
A slight dogleg to the right with a sharp downhill tee shot.
The landing area off the tee is tight with trees on the left and a water hazard on the right. The second shot needs to clear a huge bunker in front of the green.

18th Par 4 464 yards (3)

18th Par 4 464 yards (2)

18th Par 4 464 yards (1)
19th hole

A caddie

It takes about 70 minutes from Central Seoul by car. The clubhouse is well-furnished and a Jacuzzi bath is available. Visitors need to have a member’s introductions on weekdays and to be accompanied by a member on weekends. Anyone can play from the longest tees. You need to pay attention to the fact that less than 3 players are not allowed to play at many Korean golf courses

This is my first time to play golf in Korea. I have heard that Korean caddies are in general young and amiable. The caddie I had this time was attractive and provided quick and responsive services




The course was chosen the 6th best course in Korea by US Golf Digest Magazine in 2003.
The other Lim Sang designed courses are Pine Creek CC in Korea and EARLS (北京伯爵園) GC in China.