Oak Valley Country Club ー Pine & Cherry Course

Course Data
Location Seoul, Korea
Yardage 7071 yards Par 72
Course Rating 73.9
Playing Date 6 Oct. 2005
Designer Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Opened 1998
Caddy Yes
Golf Cart Yes
Rating
Overall Rating
4.60
Course Layout
(Estimated)4
Difficulty Level
(Estimated)5
Greens Condition
5
Fairways Condition
4
Landscaping & Views
5
Level of Satisfaction
4
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* I estimated the course layout and difficulty level as if I had played from the black tees. In fact I actually played from the 6608-yard blue tees about 460 yards shorter than the longest tees.

 

Kiosk
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.
 


A view from the clubhouse

A view

A lake in the course

 
4th Par 3 335 yards

4th Par 3 335 yards (2)

4th Par 3 335 yards (1)
A downhill, short par 4. The longer tee shot you hit, the narrower fairway is due to a bunker on the left and a lake on the right. The green is shallow therefore the club selection becomes a key factor to mark a good score.

5th Par 5 556 yards
A straight hole. A creek run along the left of the fairway and cross the fairway at a slant 100-50 yards in front of the green. The creek on the left as well as pine trees on the right come into play, thus requiring accurate tee & second shots.
 

5th hole seen from the green

5th Par 5 556 yards (2)

5th Par 5 556 yards (1)
 
6th Par 4 397 yards
A slight dogleg to the right with a wide fairway. A creek runs along the left of the fairway and crosses just in front of the green. The green has complicated undulations, so even if you hit the green in regulation, you have a possibility of 3 putts.


6th Par 4 397 yards (3)

6th Par 4 397 yards (2)

6th Par 4 397 yards (1)
 
7th Par 3 212 yards

7th green

7th Par 3 212 yards
A slightly downhill, beautiful par 3. The green is surrounded by not only bunkers but also trees.

8th Par 4 447 yards

8th Par 4 447 yards (2)

8th Par 4 447 yards (1)
A dogleg to the left. The gentle downhill tee shot is followed by a sharp downhill seconds shot. A creek crosses in front of the green. The right club selection on the second shot is important.

10th Par 4 442 yards

10th Par 4 442 yards (2)

10th Par 4 442 yards (1)
A downhill, dogleg to the left. The landing area off the tee is narrow due to trees on the left and a lake on the right. A carry of 270 yards is needed to clear a large bunker on the left corner. A creek crosses in front of the green and runs along the left side of the green.

11th Par 3 144 yards

11th Par 3 144 yards
An island green, par3. The huge and deep green is marked by sharp undulations.

17th Par 4 436 yards
A straight hole with water on the left. Thus only giving you a narrow margin of error off the tee. The second shot is slightly uphill. The green is well protected by bunkers.
 

17th hole seen from the green

17th Par 4 436 yards (2)

17th Par 4 436 yards (1)
 
19th hole
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.



Pincone's tee

RestaurantCondo

Caddie


Condo

Condo

A view from the condo

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.