The Oak Valley CC is a hillside course set on a vast terrain. Each hole
is spacious and completely separated by mountains, trees, lakes and creeks.
There are 36 holes in total: the Oak & Maple Course and the Pine &
Cherry Course that I played this time. The Font 9, Pine has a really superb
layout where fascinating holes continues while the back 9, Cherry have few
impressive holes. The best combination out of the 36 holes is the Maple & Pine Course which is only available for professional tournaments.
The greens are not undulating not only to one direction but to many directions,
so you have a higher risk of 3 putts if your ball is far from the pin.
| It takes 1 hour & 40 minutes by car. You need introductions
from members or needs to be accompanied by a member to play.
If your handicap is 9 or below, you can ask the caddie master to play
from the longest tees. You can overlook the course from the bath. You
need to pay attention to the fact that less than 3 players are not allowed
to play at many Korean golf courses.
The tees in the Pine Course are pinecones and the cherries are used in
the Cherry Course, which are cute. The greens condition was good because
some employees only carried out the greens repairment by hand.
The Cheery Course opened in 2003, which is newer than the existing 27
holes. Besides 36 holes, there are another public 9 holes, tennis courts,
bowling alley, a sauna room, horse-back riding, hiking, ski resort, condominium
of about 2000 rooms around the golf course and a convenience store, all
of which adds up to a big resort complex.
The course was chosen the 7th best course in Korea by US Golf Digest
Magazine in 2003. The other Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed courses in
Korea are Anyang Benest GC, Yongpyong GC, Sky Hill Jeju CC, Rainbow Hills
CC and Oster CC.